From February 20 through March 28, the Drawing Room will feature two recent hand-drawn animations by Hangzhou-based artist, Sun Xun (b. 1980, China). Shown together for the first time, Shock of Time (2006) and Lie of the Magician (2005) combine traditional drawing materials and printmaking techniques with digital media. Made from hundreds of drawings on old Communist newspapers, Shock of Time is a meditation on the shifting notions of time that define China’s growth in the post-socialist era. The Lie of the Magician makes use of the artist’s own body as a natural landscape (rain clouds evaporating, seedlings taking root) its imagery invoking myths of creation. Sun Xun: Shock of Time will be the artist’s first solo museum show in New York. Curated by João Ribas
The exhibition will be accompanied by Drawing Papers 85, a 74-page paperback edition of the Drawing Papers featuring 43 black-and-white images, an introduction by João Ribas, and an essay, Sun Xun: History as Myth, by Richard Vine, author of New China, New Art (Prestel, 2008).