Liu Shiyuan
b. 1985
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LIU Shiyuan
Isolated Above, Connected Down
2018
single channel color video
21 minutes; 55 seconds
Installation view
(TBG 18775)

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LIU Shiyuan
Isolated Above, Connected Down
2018
single channel color video
21 minutes; 55 seconds
Installation view
(TBG 18775)

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LIU Shiyuan
Fuck it, I Love You.
2018
custom-printed felt tiles, found furniture and lamps, fresh coffee, cups and coffee scent
Dimensions variable
Edition of 3
(TBG 18994)

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LIU Shiyuan
Music Forbidden
2018
synthetic tiger-patterned fabric, fired clay, acrylic paint, found rubber animals, metallic thread
55 x 43 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches; 139.7 x 110.5 x 3.8 cm
(TBG 18770)

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LIU Shiyuan
Almost Like Rebar No. 3
2018
c-print in artist frame
50 x 62 3/4 x 2 inches; 127 x 159.5 x 5 cm
Edition of 5, 1 AP
(TBG 19002)

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LIU Shiyuan
Almost Like Rebar No. 1
2018
c-print in artist frame
50 3/4 x 62 7/8 x 2 inches; 129 x 159 x 5 cm
Edition of 5, 1 AP
(TBG 19001)

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LIU Shiyuan
Almost Like Rebar No. 5
2018
c-print in artist frame
72 1/2 x 41 3/4 x 2 inches; 184 x 106 x 5 cm
Edition of 5, 1AP
(TBG 18774)

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Liu Shiyuan
Best Friends Forever
2017
single channel video / 1080HD / sound / color /
6'35''
in collaboration with Kristian Mondrup Nielsen
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Liu Shiyuan
Best Friends Forever
2017
single channel video / 1080HD / sound / color /
6'35''
in collaboration with Kristian Mondrup Nielsen
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Liu Shiyuan
Best Friends Forever
2017
single channel video / 1080HD / sound / color /
6'35''
in collaboration with Kristian Mondrup Nielsen
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Liu Shiyuan
It's Nice to See You
2017
sewing and mixed media on polyester
59 x 59 inches; 150 x 150 cm
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Liu Shiyuan
This Way or That Way
2016
80 printed carpets
90 x 100 cm each carpet square

Installation view, COM.CN, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey, K11 Art Foundation & MOMA PS1, Hong Kong 

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Liu Shiyuan
This Way or That Way
2016
80 printed carpets
90 x 100 cm each carpet square

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Liu Shiyuan
This Way or That Way
2016
80 printed carpets
90 x 100 cm each carpet square

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Liu Shiyuan
The Smaller Lobster
2016–17
wool, thread, paper
82 x 57 cm; 110 x 140 cm

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Liu Shiyuan
The Smaller Lobster
2016–17
wool, thread, paper
82 x 57 cm; 110 x 140 cm

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Liu Shiyuan
Untitled
2014
Lambda prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
Untitled
2014
Lambda prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
Untitled
2014
Lambda prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
Untitled
2014
Lambda prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
We Were Never Alone Never Bored
2014
inkjet prints, apple, pear
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
Chair
2014
kinetic sculpture
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
Lost in Export
2013 – 2015
single channel 4K video (color, sound)
33''34'
Music by: Kristian Mondrup Nielsen

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Liu Shiyuan
Lost in Export
2013 – 2015
single channel 4K video (color, sound)
33''34'
Music by: Kristian Mondrup Nielsen

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Liu Shiyuan
Lost in Export
2013 – 2015
single channel 4K video (color, sound)
33''34'
Music by: Kristian Mondrup Nielsen

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Liu Shiyuan
Lost in Export
2013 – 2015
single channel 4K video (color, sound)
33''34'
Music by: Kristian Mondrup Nielsen

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Liu Shiyuan
Love Poem
2015
video installation
20'00''

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Liu Shiyuan
Love Poem
2015
video installation
20'00''

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Liu Shiyuan
Beyond the Pale
2014
Lambda print / dibon plates / clear acrylic / oak wooden frames

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Liu Shiyuan
Beyond the Pale
2014
Lambda print / dibon plates / clear acrylic / oak wooden frames

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Liu Shiyuan
As Simple as Clay
2013
Photography Installation / C-prints
dimensions variable

 

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Liu Shiyuan
As Simple as Clay
2013
Photography Installation / C-prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
As Simple as Clay
2013
Photography Installation / C-prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
As Simple as Clay
2013
Detail

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Liu Shiyuan
As Simple as Clay
2013
Detail

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Liu Shiyuan
A Conversation with Photography
2012
inkjet prints, photo frames, tinted dark glass
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
A Conversation with Photography
2012
Detail

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Liu Shiyuan
If it wasn’t
2012
9 C–prints
6.5 x 8.5 cm each
fruit stickers with golden outlines
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
If it wasn’t
2012
Detail

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Liu Shiyuan
If it wasn’t
2012
Detail

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LIU Shiyuan
Isolated Above, Connected Down
2018
single channel color video
21 minutes; 55 seconds
Installation view
(TBG 18775)

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LIU Shiyuan
Isolated Above, Connected Down
2018
single channel color video
21 minutes; 55 seconds
Installation view
(TBG 18775)

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LIU Shiyuan
Fuck it, I Love You.
2018
custom-printed felt tiles, found furniture and lamps, fresh coffee, cups and coffee scent
Dimensions variable
Edition of 3
(TBG 18994)

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LIU Shiyuan
Music Forbidden
2018
synthetic tiger-patterned fabric, fired clay, acrylic paint, found rubber animals, metallic thread
55 x 43 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches; 139.7 x 110.5 x 3.8 cm
(TBG 18770)

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LIU Shiyuan
Almost Like Rebar No. 3
2018
c-print in artist frame
50 x 62 3/4 x 2 inches; 127 x 159.5 x 5 cm
Edition of 5, 1 AP
(TBG 19002)

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LIU Shiyuan
Almost Like Rebar No. 1
2018
c-print in artist frame
50 3/4 x 62 7/8 x 2 inches; 129 x 159 x 5 cm
Edition of 5, 1 AP
(TBG 19001)

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LIU Shiyuan
Almost Like Rebar No. 5
2018
c-print in artist frame
72 1/2 x 41 3/4 x 2 inches; 184 x 106 x 5 cm
Edition of 5, 1AP
(TBG 18774)

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Liu Shiyuan
Best Friends Forever
2017
single channel video / 1080HD / sound / color /
6'35''
in collaboration with Kristian Mondrup Nielsen
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Liu Shiyuan
Best Friends Forever
2017
single channel video / 1080HD / sound / color /
6'35''
in collaboration with Kristian Mondrup Nielsen
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Liu Shiyuan
Best Friends Forever
2017
single channel video / 1080HD / sound / color /
6'35''
in collaboration with Kristian Mondrup Nielsen
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Liu Shiyuan
It's Nice to See You
2017
sewing and mixed media on polyester
59 x 59 inches; 150 x 150 cm
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Liu Shiyuan
This Way or That Way
2016
80 printed carpets
90 x 100 cm each carpet square

Installation view, COM.CN, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey, K11 Art Foundation & MOMA PS1, Hong Kong 

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Liu Shiyuan
This Way or That Way
2016
80 printed carpets
90 x 100 cm each carpet square

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Liu Shiyuan
This Way or That Way
2016
80 printed carpets
90 x 100 cm each carpet square

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Liu Shiyuan
The Smaller Lobster
2016–17
wool, thread, paper
82 x 57 cm; 110 x 140 cm

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Liu Shiyuan
The Smaller Lobster
2016–17
wool, thread, paper
82 x 57 cm; 110 x 140 cm

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Liu Shiyuan
Untitled
2014
Lambda prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
Untitled
2014
Lambda prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
Untitled
2014
Lambda prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
Untitled
2014
Lambda prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
We Were Never Alone Never Bored
2014
inkjet prints, apple, pear
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
Chair
2014
kinetic sculpture
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
Lost in Export
2013 – 2015
single channel 4K video (color, sound)
33''34'
Music by: Kristian Mondrup Nielsen

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Liu Shiyuan
Lost in Export
2013 – 2015
single channel 4K video (color, sound)
33''34'
Music by: Kristian Mondrup Nielsen

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Liu Shiyuan
Lost in Export
2013 – 2015
single channel 4K video (color, sound)
33''34'
Music by: Kristian Mondrup Nielsen

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Liu Shiyuan
Lost in Export
2013 – 2015
single channel 4K video (color, sound)
33''34'
Music by: Kristian Mondrup Nielsen

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Liu Shiyuan
Love Poem
2015
video installation
20'00''

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Liu Shiyuan
Love Poem
2015
video installation
20'00''

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Liu Shiyuan
Beyond the Pale
2014
Lambda print / dibon plates / clear acrylic / oak wooden frames

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Liu Shiyuan
Beyond the Pale
2014
Lambda print / dibon plates / clear acrylic / oak wooden frames

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Liu Shiyuan
As Simple as Clay
2013
Photography Installation / C-prints
dimensions variable

 

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Liu Shiyuan
As Simple as Clay
2013
Photography Installation / C-prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
As Simple as Clay
2013
Photography Installation / C-prints
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
As Simple as Clay
2013
Detail

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Liu Shiyuan
As Simple as Clay
2013
Detail

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Liu Shiyuan
A Conversation with Photography
2012
inkjet prints, photo frames, tinted dark glass
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
A Conversation with Photography
2012
Detail

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Liu Shiyuan
If it wasn’t
2012
9 C–prints
6.5 x 8.5 cm each
fruit stickers with golden outlines
dimensions variable

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Liu Shiyuan
If it wasn’t
2012
Detail

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Liu Shiyuan
If it wasn’t
2012
Detail

Biography

Born in 1985 in Beijing, Liu Shiyuan is now based in both Beijing and Copenhagen. Having grown up in China during a phase of unprecedented technological advances, global commercialization and popular culture assimilation, and later traveling and living between China, the U.S. and Europe, Liu adapted and cultivated an innate sensibility unique to the contemporary Chinese diaspora. Active since 2007, Liu’s practice explores a complex, transcultural 'identity confusion'—a lack of any specific identity confinement, so to speak, wherein one’s lived experience and self-understanding derive from fluctuating components of rationality and mystery, reality and fiction. Employing both found and made material, her work makes satirical and exaggerated use of de- and re-contexulized, unassuming fragments extracted from or mimicking the internet and the quotidian, speaking of an emerging, and in ways increasingly disoriented, generation born into an information matrix that tells the story of who they are and what they desire. Despite her Chinese nationality, Liu’s perspective isn’t defined or constrained by any one cultural subjectivity. Rather, her life and work together embody a young and provocative approach entrenched in and responding to a world of social and digital ’nomads’ in the making. 

Liu Shiyuan received her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2012, and BFA from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 2009. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions around the world. In 2015, the YUZ Museum Shanghai held a solo presentation of her monumental photo-based installation As Simple As Clay. Her solo presentation My Paper KnifeLocal Futures, Alter-Circuit was also featured in the Asia Contemporary Art Week 2014 in San Francisco. In 2014, she received Honorary AIR Award from Kala Art Institute, San Francisco, and in 2012, the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award, New York. Her solo presentation at Frieze New York 2016 received a special commendation in the inaugural Frame Stand Prize.

 

Liu’s work has been featured in group exhibitions at key institutions internationally, such as the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; Pino Pascali Foundation Museum, Polignano; Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Whitebox Art Center, New York; Dimensions Variable, Miami; Long Museum and Aurora Museum, Shanghai; OCT-Contemporary Art Terminal and He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen; and Vermillion Sands, Copenhagen, among others.

In 2017, Liu’s large-scale video installation work The Best is Yet to Come was featured in Cold Night at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, and her installation work This Way or That Way was shown in .COM.CN, an important group exhibition co-hosted by K11 Art Foundation & MOMA PS1 in Hong Kong, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey. This Way or That Way is featured prominently in a group exhibition titled Welcome to the Jungle at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf from March 2 through June 24, 2018. It is also included in the group show Art Patrons, on view at Qiao Space Shanghai from March 24 through Octorber 21, 2018.
 
Other main group exhibitions include The King and the Mockingbird, Vermillion Sands, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2016; Yinchuan Biennale 2016—For an Image, Faster Than Light, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, Ningxia, China, 2016; SHE—International Women Artists Exhibition, Long Museum, Shanghai, China, 2016; Tutorials, Pino Pascali Foundation Museum, Polignano, Italy, 2016; BentuChinese Artists in A Time of Turbulence and Transformation, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 2016; Unordinary Space, Aurora Museum, Shanghai, 2015; CAFAM Future, Central Academy of Fine Art Museum, Beijing, 2015; Now You See, Whitebox Art Center, New York, 2014; 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, OCT-Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, 2012; stillspotting nyc, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, among others. 
Exhibitions
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Isolated Above, Connected Down
February 22 - April 7, 2018
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Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
15 September - 17 December 2017
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FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON, Paris, France.
27 January - 2 May 2016
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Yuz Museum, Shanghai
14 November 2015 - 31 January 2016