Gao Rong: The Simple Line

January 7 – February 13, 2016

Gemstone, 2015
Wood, thread
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 1 3/8 inches (100 x 100 x 3.5 cm)

Untitled, 2015
Wood, thread
43 1/4 x 43 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches (110 x 110 x 3.5 cm)

Return, 2015
Wood, thread
43 1/4 x 43 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches (110 x 110 x 3.5 cm)

Press Release

Klein Sun Gallery is pleased to announce “The Simple Line,” a solo show exhibition of new mixed media installations by Beijing-based artist Gao Rong, on view from January 7 through February 13, 2016.

Gao has navigated notions of femininity and identity through domestic architectures in her previous series in which she created facsimile houses, rooms, and sites of memory rendered entirely in embroidered thread. Rather than romanticize the handicraft, however, Gao threads narratives together painstakingly through these embroidered fabrics, sometimes mimicking the act of suturing a wound. For her solo exhibition in our North Gallery, Gao condenses this process into abstract hoops that dissect the tensions between formalist styles and traditional folk craft indigenous to female domestic life in China. Each brilliant, iridescent thread is stretched across a wooden circle, symbolizing Gao’s constructions of space around herself and others, spaces that are in constant states of flux as the strings tense and relax on a never-ending loop. 

Gao Rong was born in 1986 in Han Jin Hou Qi, Inner Mongolia. She received her B.A. from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. Her work has been the subject of museum shows around the world including “Commune,” White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia (2014); “More Light,” The 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2013); “Transformation: A View on Chinese Contemporary Art,” Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2012); “Sculpture China,” Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China (2012); “All Our Relations,” 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2012); and “Super-Organism,” Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China (2011).

For press inquiries, please contact Ysabelle Cheung at the gallery (212.255.4388) or via email at ysabelle@kleinsungallery.com. For all other inquiries, please contact Casey Burry at the gallery (212.255.4388) or via email at casey@kleinsungallery.com.