The speed, accessibility, and quantity of data we consume via the internet has transformed our relationships to images, objects, and ideas. Guan Xiao explores the impact of the internet on our lives by using it as a tool of exploration. Through sculpture and multichannel videos, Xiao translates ready-made digital images into physical compositions, merging opposing objects and collapsing juxtapositions. Looking at history as a “lump of recycled things in changing packages,” Xiao places discordant objects in proximity to one another. By forming these oppositional relationships, she not only emphasizes how contrasting ideas emerging from disparate points of origin can express similar perceptions, but may also liberate objects from their historical and functional interpretations. CAM will present the Beijing-based artist’s first solo exhibition in the US.
Guan Xiao is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, with Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator.