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KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY presents the Canadian premiere of TIAN XIAOLEI OVERLOAD curated by YAN ZHOU JUNE 9 to AUGUST 5 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 9 from 7 p onward Join us on Friday, June 9 at 7 p for the opening reception of OVERLOAD. TIAN XIAOLEI will be in attendance. Please note that the Virtual Reality (VR) installation will only be available on Friday, June 9 from 7 to 9 p. For more information, please visit our Facebook event page. ARTIST TALK: Saturday, June 10 from 3 p Join us on Saturday, June 10 at 3 p for an artist talk with TIAN XIAOLEI on the topics of art, animation, and gaming. Our guests will include: TRUDY ELMORE, ALEX McLEOD, and YAN ZHOU. Please note that the Virtual Reality (VR) installation will only be available on Saturday, June 10 from 12 to 3 p. “I want existing culture, technology, and bodies to fully make love, and breed unknown, interesting hybrids.” (TIAN XIAOLEI) KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY proudly presents the Canadian premiere of the Beijing-based artist TIAN XIAOLEI. The digital artwork of TIAN XIAOLEI constructs universes of virtualized bodies where human encounters become re-cast in the language of anonymity and gaming. The surreal and futuristic visual landscapes that TIAN XIAOLEI creates liberate one from the limitations of human form so that one may interact and hybridize with other species and machines. OVERLOAD is pure sensory excess where one encounters an ultra-mechanized, posthuman world filled with digital gifs, photographic holograms, archival digital prints, digital animated video, 3D printed sculptures, and a Virtual Reality (VR) installation. “Digital media is the carrier of my creation. I am interested in the uncertainty of the rapid iteration in this era and in the relationship between life, science, technology, and the future evolution of this new species as produced by this hybrid age. I use the artist’s perspective to create future world specimens that blend history, religion, science, technology, and the body to create a new artistic experience.” (TIAN XIAOLEI) Having already shown in Australia, Italy, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States, as well as in prominent galleries all across China, KATZMAN CONTEMPORARY is honoured to be hosting TIAN XIAOLEI’S Canadian premiere exhibition curated by YAN ZHOU.



June 13, 2017


Katzman Contemporary

86 Miller St
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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