HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD - CHEN KE’S SOLO EXHIBITION

April 25- June 12, 2010

Star Gallery
798 Art Zone, East Street, No.2,
Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing, China.

ChART Contemporary collaborates with Chen Ke and Star Gallery

Open House embodies ChART Contemporary’s mission of bringing together art and people through curatorial initiatives that educate, stimulate and support the production of new works by emerging artists. The Open House series evolved from the American marketing concept where doors are opened to the public for a Sunday afternoon and potential buyers, renters and lookers are invited to visit a property. Open House presents a new project by an emerging artist for one afternoon in a space that is for rent, sale, or slated for demolition.

After 10 months of preparation, Open House: A Room of One’s Own was realized in Beijing on March 28, 2010 from 2 – 6 pm in 20A, a 10sqm room in an underground housing unit.

Simultaneously, Chen Ke was preparing for her solo exhibition of paintings at Star Gallery-her first solo show in three years. From a curatorial point of view, recreating the site-specific intervention as a Yang Banjian or showroom inside the gallery, worked with the overall Open House –concept.

Chen Ke’s project proposal was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s 1928 text- A Room of One’s Own. Woolf asserts that a woman cannot write fiction without money and a room of her own, which becomes a metaphor for independence. Using Woolf’s argument as a point of departure, Chen Ke invites us inside the psyche of a young woman who has relocated to Beijing in an ambitious attempt to succeed economically and socially.

Open House: A Room of One's Own on view at Star Gallery through June 12, 2010

Scene

Installation View
Detail of video archive, color guide and peephole
Detail of drawings and embroidery

Opening
KC Vienna Connolly (L) Chen Ke (M) and Megan Connolly (R)
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Detail through peephole
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Detail through peephole
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Detail of windowsill
ChART Contemporary
Detail of clothing
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Detail of drawing
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Installation view
Chen Ke’s Mother