A Composite Leviathan

6820 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Sep 12, 12 PM - 8 PM — ends Feb 13, 2021
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.

To mark the opening of A Composite Leviathan, Bridge Projects invites you to a day-long open house on September 12 from 12 pm to 8 pm. Single serving beverages including water and wine will be provided for guests, and participating artists from China will make an appearance via zoom. The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance. Masks are required for visitors at all times, and the gallery will provide hand sanitizer as well as ample space for social distancing. Please do not come to the gallery if you have a fever and are not feeling well. If you have additional questions, please email us at info@bridgeprojects.com.

Pictured: Xie Hongdong, Shore, 2012, archival pigment print, 31 1⁄2 x 39 1⁄2 in.