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Sun Xun 孙逊

, China; Lives and works in Beijing

Sun Xun was born in 1980 in Fuxin in Liaoning province, China. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

Sun Xun was born in 1980 in Fuxin in Liaoning province, China. He graduated in 2005 from the Print-making Department of the China Academy of Art. In 2006 he established π Animation Studio. He currently lives and works in Beijing. As a representative artist in the Chinese new media art, Sun Xun established π Animation Studio in 2006 after graduating from China Academy of Art, and soon received recognition from exhibitions and awards both domestic and abroad. His animation works have been nominated by both Berlin International Film Festival and Venice Film festival. Sun Xun’s personal visual language consist of metaphoric imagery, dark and intense hand drawing, and dreamy narrative. In recent years, Sun Xun uses New Media Art as a point of origin to explore more possibilities within the expansive realm of visual art: he explores narrative methods using diverse mediums such as newspaper, book, woodcut print, Chinese ink, pigment powder, probe into non-linear expressions of time and space, and inquire into both realistic and fantastical representations based on his own understanding of society and sociological theories.

Selected Works include: Protestant(2017), Tears of Chiwen(2017), Time Spy(2016), Mythological Time(2016), The Time Vivarium(2014), What Happen in Past Dragon Year (2014), Magician Party and Dead Crow(2013), Some Actions Which Haven’t Been Defined Yet in the Revolution(2011), Clown’s Revolution(2010), Beyond-ism(2010), 21 Ke(2010), People’s Republic of Zoo(2009), New China(2008), Coal Spell(2008), Requiem(2007), Heroes No Longer(2007), Lie(2006), Mythos(2006), Lie of Magician(2005), A war about Chinese words(2005).

The works of Sun Xun are mainly drawing and/or short animation. Sun Xun also exhibits his individual cell drawings and other mixed media works, often times alongside his films. Reality and fantasy, time and history, both are continuously seen in Sun Xun’s work. Works such as “21 KE”, “Magician’s Lie” and “Requiem” feature a key protagonist; a magician dressed in a black suit and a high top hat. The magician has been in search of another world, probably a utopia. Over the course of this character’s expedition, the sequences are dreamlike and apocalyptic. Sun’s works explore themes of societal development and revolution, referencing such theorists as Marx, Adorno, and Horkheimer.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Sun Xun:Time Spy, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Florida, U.S.A(2019); Frontier, SUN Xun-Phase I, Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai(2018); SUN XUN, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia(2018); SUN Xun: Time Spy, Saint Louis Art Museum, U.S.A (2018); Rosa’s Wound, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei (2017); Reconstruction of the Universe, 2016 Audemars Piguet Art Commission, Art Basel in Miami Beach, USA(2016); The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim, Tales of Our Time, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.A.(2016); Prediction Laboratory, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2016); 2015 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan (2015); China 8, Contemporary Art from China at the Rhine and Ruhr, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany(2015);Yesterday Is Tomorrow, Hayward Gallery, London, U.K.(2014); Unscrolled, Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada(2014); Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A.(2013) etc.

Courtesy of SUN Xun and ShanghART gallery


@ The New Art Fest 2020


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