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Ji Dachun: Without a Home

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Ji Dachun: A Pond of Sharks (detail), 2009
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 30
Courtesy of the artist
Ji Dachun: Without a Home
BEIJING  •  Ullens Center for Contemporary Art  •  Ongoing
Ji Dachun is best-known for his surrealist, satirical critiques of contemporary China. His works range from his trademark characters that seem to hover, and perhaps revel, alone on a vast white background to more recent explorations of biological and cybernetic forms. Ji Dachun: Without a Home spans several key moments in the artistís prodigious career and includes a new suite of works made specifically for this exhibition. With some 40 works realized in the past decade, the show also marks the artistís first institutional exhibition in Beijing and the most comprehensive look at Ji Dachunís mature practice to date.

Since he started showing in the mid-1990s, Jiís painting has alternated between a wry figurative mode and an aesthetic characterized by abstract quasi-landscapes and still lifes. In his earlier works, Ji depicts historical figures, cartoonish animals, childrenís toys, and everyday objects against stark white backgrounds. These familiar objects and figures are marked by bizarre visual non-sequiturs and juxtapositions, resulting in humorous, otherworldly scenes: cryptic caricatures, cartoonish perversity, and variously macabre, trenchant, and grotesque overtones. The animation cell-like images seem ineffably familiar yet inexorably estranged, resisting conventional interpretation.

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Website

Contact: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
798 Art District 4
Jiuxianqiao Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, China
Tel: (86) 10 57 80 02 00

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