VACANCY x Misako & Rosen
Gallery Vacancy is participating in the first edition of Condo Shanghai from July 7 to August 18, 2018. As a host gallery from Shanghai, Gallery Vacancy will collaborate with Misako & Rosen from Tokyo to present a group exhibition titled I Mean It When I Say XXX. Participating artists include: Yu Nishimura, Zhang Zipiao, and Wang Xiyao from Gallery Vacancy; and Fergus Feehily, Margaret Lee, and Shimon Minamikawa from Misako & Rosen. Condo Shanghai’s initiative concept of sharing and allocating gallery space with co-curating experimentation stimulates the unknown connections between the works from these six artists. The unexpected possibilities propose a revelry environment filled with unrelated self-murmurings from each individual work. The sentence “I mean it when I say XXX” reveals an expression gap, suggesting that the language might fail to convey the idea. Thus, based on different dimensions of representing memory, desire, and unexpected sensibility, the six artists in I Mean It When I Say XXX intend to explain their practices by utilizing divergent artistic languages as unfolded evidence. If this exhibition could be understood as a debate or an innocent trial, I Mean It When I Say XXX will show how these six artists unpredictably encounter each other in this absurd context of self-justification.
Fergus Feehily focuses on the investigation of the ambiguous anxiety behind intentional practices. The subtle brush stroke along with the found wood material unveils its nature with dualism. The unpredictable sensibility through the found materials in his work requires his audience to take a closer look. His solo exhibitions include Inland at Misako & Rosen (Tokyo 2010) and The Paradise at The Douglas Hyde Gallery (Dublin 2012). Born in Dublin in 1968, Fergus Feehily now lives and works in Berlin.
Margaret Lee constantly takes a neutral stand to create works based on things beyond her personal experience. She investigates how the unexpected connections between common objects stimulate their lack of proper function and their being devoid of meaning, which intentionally provokes the inequality of desire. Her solo exhibitions include de, da do…da at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts (Harvard University 2016) and Duddell’s x DMA: Concentrations HK: Margaret Lee curated by Gabriel Ritter at Duddell's (Hong Kong 2016). Margaret Lee was born in 1980 in New York, where she now lives and works.
Though he is known as a painter, Shimon Minamikawa also investigates other mediums, including photography, sculpture, and performance. His work has been constantly motivated in an incomplete state to present the obsolescence of painting. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; K21, Düsseldorf; Museum Brandhorst, Munich; National Art Center, Tokyo; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; National Museum of Art, Osaka; and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Shimon Minamikawa was born in Tokyo in 1972. He now lives and works in Tokyo and New York.
Yu Nishimura utilizes multiple perspectives and overlaps layers of painterly elements with slight misalignment, trying to find imagery from memories to create accumulated narratives in a time-lag atmosphere. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; National Art Center, Tokyo; Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa; Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo; and the Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum, Aichi. In October 2018, he will have his solo exhibition Aperto 09 Nishimura Yu at the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum in Ishikawa. Yu Nishimura was born in 1982 in Kanagawa, Japan, where he now lives and works.
Wang Xiyao examines her existential situation depending on her specific state of mind and her private sensibility. She describes the rift between reality and unconsciousness in a bright tone with instant spiral brush strokes. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg in the classes of Werner Büttner, Anselm Reyle, Thilo Heinzmann, and Jochen Dehn. She gained nomination for the Schües Art Award and the Hiscox Art Award in 2017. In 2016, she had her solo exhibition Spuren in Turnweg Gallery in Hamburg. Wang Xiyao was born in 1992 in Hangzhou, China, and now lives and works in Hamburg.
Zhang Zipiao immerses herself in online culture and the observation of common objects in her daily life. Her individual experience under a globalized culture is constantly applied to her works in her trademark playful, disrespectful fashion. Zhang has always been exploring her language, which reveals a continuous penchant for direct and superficial stimulation. Her solo exhibitions include The Ultimate Moist! at White Space (Beijing 2018) and Sexy Hysteria at Ying Space (Beijing 2015). She received a BFA from the the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Zhang Zipiao was born in 1993 in Beijing, where she now lives and works.