Exhibition: A Composite Leviathan

Bridge Projects is pleased to announce A Composite Leviathan, a two-part exhibition of emerging Chinese artists opening September 12, 2020.

Curated by James Elaine, founder of Telescope, a non-profit art space in Beijing and former curator of Hammer Projects in Los Angeles and the Drawing Center in New York, A Composite Leviathan features twenty contemporary artists from China: Deng Tai, Fan Xi, Stephen Gleadow, He Wei, Jiu Jiu, Li Ran, Li Zhenwei, Liu Dongxu, Liu Fujie, Lyu Zhiqiang, Nabuqi, Wu Di, Xie Hongdong, Yang Jian, Ye Su, Zeng Hong, Zhang Miao, Zhang Ruyi, Zhang Xinjun, and Zhao Yang.

Named after Yang Jian’s monumental sculpture, the show’s title also references the Book of Job’s “leviathan”—a sea dragon evoking the threat of chaos against order—and Thomas Hobbes’ political treatise of the same name. An iteration of the exhibition was first presented at Luhring Augustine Bushwick from October 11, 2019 to February 1, 2020 and featured twelve emerging Chinese artists. In its Los Angeles iteration, the show expands with fresh examples of contemporary art in China. In A Composite Leviathan, each work emerges from the complex fissures of the artists’ own lived realities, both spiritual and political.

The exhibition will be presented in two distinct chapters. All 20 artists will be on view from September 12 to November 21, 2020. The second chapter from December 5, 2020 to February 13, 2021 will be anchored around a large installation by Zhang Xinjun titled Green Hole, a sprawling sculpture constructed of common materials from Chinese construction sites and rural markets.