Sep 9, 2018 -
Oct 21, 2018
MadeIn gallery is pleased to present a joint exhibition opening on September 8, and featuring the latest works by Elliot Dodd (London) and Wang Newone (Shanghai).
WANG NEWONE: “Lure”
"Lure" is a temptation mixed with a variety of uncertain perceptions.
The temptation sometimes comes from a glass of mixed juice, sometimes from a face with traits that wander (or that are settled) between several origins, and eventually it is a whisper in a noisy environment.
Wang Newone’s works are named after terms traditionally associated with the notion “lure”. These terms’ original definitions are not directly used to explain the meaning of the works, but constitute a title that subtlety relates to their artistic conception. Three of the works will be developed into three short stories in relation to the artist’s feelings from her daily life and creation.
Wang Newone was born in Shanghai, where she also currently lives and works. Her passion for online gaming and animation led her to explore the world of 3D modelling through the program Daz 3D and to creating her own digital art. Wang’s work is very anthropocentric, generally featuring close-ups of humanoid faces, with futuristic bod-mods and styles. Through this practice, the artist re-thinks the ontological existence of humanity within both the real and online worlds. Recent exhibitions and projects include: : “Now: A Dialogue on Female hinese Contemporary Artists”，Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China; HOME, Manchester; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Nottingham; Contemporary and Turner Contemporary, Magette, Britain, 2018; “Digital Samplers”, The Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China, 2017; “Three Rooms”, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China, 2017; “No Commission”, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China 2017; “3dh Festival”, Berlin, Germany, 2016; “Information Sculpture Superhighway”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2016; “Zero for Conduct”, Tabula Rasa Gallery, Beijing, China, 2016; “Extravagant Imagination, the Wonder of Idleness”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2016; “NEW HIVE”, Netize.net, online, 2015; Tomorrows Party’s “CODER”, Beijing, China, 2015.
Elliot Dodd: “Panax-grab”
“Panax” is a kind of liquid tasting like cough syrup.
The initial surge is very strong and after 30 minutes you'll mellow out, but you will mellow out at a higher peak than you started at. Not only does your heart start beating faster, it almost seems like you can see a bit better. The only negative thing, was a slight pressure on the top of my forehead, but it goes away after a couple of minutes and you're left with a pleasant, enhanced focus.
Panax ingredients: carbonated water, sugar, glucose, citric acid, natural flavors, taurine, sodium citrate, color added panax ginseng extract, l-carnitine, l-tartrate, caffeine, sorbic acid (preservative), benzoic acid (preservatives), niacinamide (vit b3), sucralose, salt, d-glucuronolactone, inositol guarana extract, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vit b6), riboflavin (vit b2), maltodextrin, cyanocobalamin (vit b12).
“Panax-Grab” showcases new drawings, sculptures and six animation films presented in the gallery space together with displaying shelves. The setting in symbolic orange and gray tones constitutes a commercial metaphor. “Panax” becomes a symbol referring to the fantastic effects - feeling of speed and control - promised by energy drinks and health industry.
Elliot Dodd (B. 1978 Jersey, Channel Islands) lives and works in London. Dodd studied at the Royal Academy Schools, London 2013–16. Previously he completed his BA at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL London 1998-2002. His practice comes across numerous different artistic mediums and approaches in response to the complexity and absurdities in the world of consumerism, and to question situations related to masculine control and domination within society, particularly male-orientated quest for expressions of supreme confidence. With references in politics, design, economics and consumerism culture, the works take the form of caricature, allowing ideas and objects to be humiliated, deformed or celebrated. Recent exhibitions include: “Flickering Boundaries”, MadeIn Gallery, 2018; “The Manbody”, Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2017; “Virtually Real”, collaboration with HTC, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2017; “Semi Self Reflections”, Rockelmann &, Berlin, 2017; “SUNDAY Art Fair solo presentation”, London, 2016; “Event Horizon”, Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, 2014; “Switch”, Baltic, Gateshead, 2012.