Chronus Art Center presents "Jim Campbell & ZHANG Peili: The Flickering Uncertain" in Shanghai

TEXT:Sue Wang    DATE: 2018.3.12

Chronus Art Center is pleased to present Jim Campbell & ZHANG Peili: The Flickering Uncertain, an exhibition by two pioneers of media art, and the first solo show for the San Francisco based artist in China. The duo solo exhibition also marks the inauguration of a series of programs to celebrate CAC's 5th anniversary and will open on March 17, 2018 with a dialogue between ZHANG Peili and ZHANG Ga, curator of the exhibition and remain on view through June 17, 2018.

Five works from Campbell’s signature Low Resolution Works series occupy the first gallery and a singular work of monumental scale titled Collision of Harmonies by ZHANG Peili will be mounted in the second gallery. Although strikingly heterogeneous, the affinity between the two artists lies implicitly in their shared interest in invoking an aesthetic experience by employing “low resolution” both as a visual device and as a perceptual agent, rendering an embodied looking / seeing, seeking to grasp the technological and psychological intricacies of reality. Like much of Campbell’s work, perception is contingent on distance and, according to an inverted logic, the closer one approaches the object in question, the more illusive it becomes. In the shadowy grisaille of Exploded View and Exploded Flat Campbell implicates a kind of silent reverberation, changing one’s distance makes the flickering object ambiguous or perceptible. On the other hand, departing from his screen-based practice, ZHANG Peili’s Collision of Harmonies for the first time employs sound as a kinetic apparatus to activate machine collisions for an operatic climax. Instead of human-machine interactions and a viewing pace hinged on proximity, here the dramatic encounter of two megaphones from opposite side of a hanging rail gradually approaching each other singing a duet of female and male voices and causing a pile of neon tubes to flare and extinguish until the two megaphones come to a stand-off midway, exploding into a thundering abstraction and dazzlingly white light as if the harmony is pixelated into fragments of destruction. In Campbell’s words, “low resolution moving images are analogous to sound. Sound is defined by movement and as such, the more a sound is slowed down, the more abstract it becomes.” Might we also find here that ZHANG Peili’s forceful collision of harmonies is yet another experiment of low resolution uncertainty?

About the exhibition

Dates: 17.03.2018 - 17.06.2018

Opening: 17.03.2018 Saturday, 4-7 p.m. Talk 3 p.m.
Venue: Chronus Art Center (CAC)
Address: BLDG.18, No.50 Moganshan RD., Shanghai

Courtesy of the artists and Chronus Art Center.