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  • Telescope: China | Chen Qiulin Pt. 2

    Telescope: China | Chen Qiulin Pt. 2

    Past Hammer Projects artist Chen Qiulin’s installation at Telescope has continued to grow as more porcelain ‘zhezhi’ (folded paper objects) have arrived from the Jingdezhen porcelain factory in southern China. The title of the piece, 14,235, is also the number of individual pieces in the work of art. She has divided the work into two installations, one at Telescope in Beijing and the other at her solo exhibition at 1000 Plateaus Gallery in Chengdu, which also includes photos, sculptures, and the 7 channel video installation Empty City. The white wall installation photos are from Telescope and the dark wall installation photos are from 1000 Plateaus.

  • Telescope: China | Ma Qingyun

    Telescope: China | Ma Qingyun

    Ma Qingyun, considered to be one of the most influential designers and architects in the world, presents new sculptures at Telescope of pink neon entitled Lite-urbanism. Ma suggests a new urbanism by reducing form and function to simple calligraphic lines in the fragile light of neon. These works, “whimsical” yet “alien,” are based on Ma’s un-built architectural projects.

  • Telescope: China | Chen Qiulin

    Telescope: China | Chen Qiulin

    Since Cai Lun greatly improved paper production during the Eastern Han Dynasty, 25-220 AD, by using cheaper materials and making it more accessible to the common people, zhezhi, or paper folding, and Jianzhi, paper cutting, have had important ceremonial and decorative roles in Chinese society and culture.

  • Telescope: China | Telescope at OCAT Xi’an

    Telescope: China | Telescope at OCAT Xi’an

    The OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Xi’an (OCAT Xi’an) is the latest addition to the OCAT group of museums, now in five cities across China. The first was founded in Shenzhen in 2005 with a mission to support emerging and established contemporary Chinese artists, and produce exhibitions, lectures, and cultural programs on an international level.