The Museum of Contemporary Art has acquired a performance piece titled In Just a Blink of an Eye by Chinese artist Xu Zhen. As the museum’s second performance piece in the collection, In Just a Blink of an Eye features a group of performers floating mysteriously in mid-air, defying the constraints of physics as if frozen in time and space.
The work engages notions of the body as material, and in turn the materiality of the body, testing the limits of physical and cognitive possibilities as the viewer tries to comprehend what we see. A prolific and experimental artist, Zhen’s conceptually-driven practice encompasses a vast range of media and often employs humor, irony, and sophisticated trickery. As the audience waits for movement, for the performer to stand up, or for them to continue to follow the rules of gravity, they instead experience time and stillness as moments extend and are stretched out on through these living sculptures. Xu Zhen explores fragility and balance, literally and metaphorically, spatially and temporally.
关于艺术家 | About the artist
徐震出生于1977年，居住并工作于上海，其作品曾在威尼斯双年展、纽约现代艺术博物馆、利物浦泰特美术馆等全世界范围展出。徐震的实践涵盖多种媒介形式，如装置、视频、绘画和表演等。除了艺术家之外，徐震的身份还包括策展人、在线艺术社区Art-Ba-Ba联合创始人、当代艺术创作公司MadeIn Company创始人以及“Xu Zhen”品牌创始人。
Born in 1977, living and working in Shanghai, China, Xu Zhen has exhibited internationally at museums and biennales, including, Venice Biennale (2001, 2005), The Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2004), Tate Liverpool (2007), among others. His practice covers various mediums such as installations, video, painting, and performance. Aside from being an artist, Xu Zhen is also a curator. He co-curated major exhibitions in Shanghai alongside other artists and was one of the initiators of Art-Ba-Ba in 2006, a leading online forum for discussion and critique of contemporary art in Shanghai. In 2009, Xu Zhen established MadeIn Company, a contemporary art creation company, focused on the production of creativity and devoted to the research of contemporary culture’s infinite possibilities. In 2013, MadeIn Company launched the brand “Xu Zhen” and in 2014 established MadeIn Gallery.