An Te Liu

"Transmission"

June 9 - July 15, 2017

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Transmission, the gallery’s first exhibition with Toronto based artist An Te Liu. Transmission opens Friday June 9 from 6-8 pm, and will be on view until July 15.

For the exhibition, the artist will present ceramic and bronze sculptures carved and cast from styrofoam and domestic artifacts. Liu’s sculptures are coy compositions that appear strikingly familiar yet distant. Their seemingly unplaceable quality originates from their humble origins as packaging and found objects. The forms are carvings, mutations, and amalgamations of the protective layers that surround consumer goods. On a platform running the length of the gallery, the bronzes are raised from the physical space of the viewer. The platform is at once playing upon the tropes of museological installation practices and creating a theatrical space for the works.

Liu’s works occupy a conceptual space between definitions. Their chimeric quality allows them to be atemporal and coquettish— waltzing between opposing reads. A Pulcinella of sculpture, the works proffer multitudes of identities willfully embodying a paradox. Upon the stage-like platform, cast elements of chairs evolve and contort into animalistic trophies while packaging is cracked into the remains of historic ruins. The exhibition becomes a theater where the sculptures play ancient and futuristic roles, “primitive” and canonical; stoic modernism with a tongue planted firmly in its cheek.

An Te Liu (b. 1967, Tainan, Taiwan) lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His work has been exhibited in venues including the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, the EVA International Biennial of Ireland, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Liu’s works are included in the permanent collections of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Canada and The Art Gallery of Ontario.  In 2015, Black Dog Publishing released a monograph of his work with texts by Kitty Scott, Andrew Berardini, Pablo Larios, and Ken Lum. He is represented by Division Gallery in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

Li, Jennifer, “An Te Liu: Transmission,” ArtAsiaPacific, September/October, 2017.

Berardini, Andrew, “An Te Liu: Transmission,” ArtReview, September, 2017.

Ollman, Leah, “From packaging material to modern totem: The wry art of An Te Liu,” LA Times, July 11, 2017.

Martinez, Christina Catherine, “Critics’ Pick: An Te Liu,” ArtForum, June 23, 2017.

Zellen, Jody, “An Te Liu,” ArtScene, July/August, 2017.

Miranda, Carolina, “Datebook: Ideas of ‘Home’ at LACMA, Andrea Zittel in L.A. and the desert, and the diagram to end all diagrams,” Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2017.

An Te Liu

Transmission

June 9 - July 15, 2017

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Transmission, the gallery’s first exhibition with Toronto based artist An Te Liu. Transmission opens Friday June 9 from 6-8 pm, and will be on view until July 15.

For the exhibition, the artist will present ceramic and bronze sculptures carved and cast from styrofoam and domestic artifacts. Liu’s sculptures are coy compositions that appear strikingly familiar yet distant. Their seemingly unplaceable quality originates from their humble origins as packaging and found objects. The forms are carvings, mutations, and amalgamations of the protective layers that surround consumer goods. On a platform running the length of the gallery, the bronzes are raised from the physical space of the viewer. The platform is at once playing upon the tropes of museological installation practices and creating a theatrical space for the works.

Liu’s works occupy a conceptual space between definitions. Their chimeric quality allows them to be atemporal and coquettish— waltzing between opposing reads. A Pulcinella of sculpture, the works proffer multitudes of identities willfully embodying a paradox. Upon the stage-like platform, cast elements of chairs evolve and contort into animalistic trophies while packaging is cracked into the remains of historic ruins. The exhibition becomes a theater where the sculptures play ancient and futuristic roles, “primitive” and canonical; stoic modernism with a tongue planted firmly in its cheek.

An Te Liu (b. 1967, Tainan, Taiwan) lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His work has been exhibited in venues including the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, the EVA International Biennial of Ireland, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Liu’s works are included in the permanent collections of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Canada and The Art Gallery of Ontario.  In 2015, Black Dog Publishing released a monograph of his work with texts by Kitty Scott, Andrew Berardini, Pablo Larios, and Ken Lum. He is represented by Division Gallery in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, 2017
An Te Liu, Transmission, Installation view, 2017
An Te Liu
Into the Void (the shape of things to come), 2017
Cast bronze
7 x 7 x 6 inches (18 x 18 x 15.2 cm)
Edition 1 of 5
An Te Liu
Into the Void (vita ante acta), 2017
Cast bronze
6 1/2 x 6 x 6 1/2 inches (16.5 x 15.2 x 16.5 cm)
Edition 1 of 5
An Te Liu
Nonorganic Life, 2017
Cast bronze
5 x 6 x 12 inches (12.7 x 15.2 x 30.5 cm)
Edition 2 of 5
An Te Liu
Nonorganic Life, 2017
Cast bronze
5 x 6 x 12 inches (12.7 x 15.2 x 30.5 cm)
Edition 2 of 5
An Te Liu
The Party’s Over, 2017
Cast bronze
12 inches in diameter (30.5 cm in diameter)
Edition 2 of 4
An Te Liu
The Party’s Over (detail), 2017
Cast bronze
12 inches in diameter (30.5 cm in diameter)
Edition 2 of 4
An Te Liu
Mono a Mono, 2013-2017
Cast bronze; three parts, artist made frame
20 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (51.5 x 64 x 11.5 cm) framed
Unique work in a series of three
An Te Liu
Mono a Mono, 2013-2017
Cast bronze; three parts, artist made frame
20 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (51.5 x 64 x 11.5 cm) framed
Unique work in a series of three
An Te Liu
Bred In The Bone, 2017
Cast bronze
18 x 8 x 16 inches (46 x 20 x 40.5 cm)
Edition 1 of 5
An Te Liu
Bred In The Bone, 2017
Cast bronze
18 x 8 x 16 inches (46 x 20 x 40.5 cm)
Edition 1 of 5
An Te Liu
Leaders of Men, 2017
Cast bronze
5 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches (14 x 8.3 x 28.5 cm)
Edition 1 of 4
An Te Liu
Leaders of Men, 2017
Cast bronze
5 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches (14 x 8.3 x 28.5 cm)
Edition 1 of 4
An Te Liu
Gnomon, 2014 -2017
Cast bronze
71 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches (180 x 16 x 15.5 x cm)
Edition 2 of 3
An Te Liu
Gnomon, 2014 -2017
Cast bronze
71 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches (180 x 16 x 15.5 x cm)
Edition 2 of 3
An Te Liu
Sentinel (III), 2016
Cast bronze
9 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches (8 x 16 x 24 cm)
Unique work in a series of 4
An Te Liu
Sentinel (III), 2016
Cast bronze
9 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches (8 x 16 x 24 cm)
Unique work in a series of 4
An Te Liu
Formation I and Formation II, 2014/2017
Cast bronze, two parts
4 x 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (10 x 3.8 x 13.3 cm)
5 3/4 x 2 x 5 1/2 inches (14.6 x 5 x 14 cm)
Unique works in a series of 3
An Te Liu
Evolution I, 2017
Cast bronze
18.5 x 25 x 10 inches (47 x 63.5 x 25.5 cm) mounted
Unique
An Te Liu
Evolution I, 2017
Cast bronze
18.5 x 25 x 10 inches (47 x 63.5 x 25.5 cm) mounted
Unique
An Te Liu, Installation view, Transmission, , Anat Ebgi, 2017
An Te Liu
The Voice of Nothing,, 2017
Cast bronze
8 1/2 x 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches (21.6 x 1.3 x 29.8 cm)
Edition 2 of 4
An Te Liu
Brown Bunny, 2017
Cast bronze
6 1/4 x 1 x 18 1/4 inches (16 x 2.5 x 46.4 cm)
Edition 2 of 4
An Te Liu
Eudaemon, 2017
Cast bronze
4 3/4 x 1/4 x 15 inches (12 x 0.6 x 38 cm)
Edition 2 of 4
An Te Liu
Eternal Return , 2017
Cast bronze
10 x 3 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches
Edition 1 of 4
An Te Liu
Eidolon VII-IV, 2016
Cast bronze
8 x 5 1/2 x 13 inches (20.3 x 14 x 33 cm)
Unique work in a series of 5
An Te Liu
Scopic Relation, 2017
Cast bronze
10 x 8 x 10 inches (25.5 x 24.3 x 25.5 cm)
Unique work in a series of 4
An Te Liu
Scopic Relation, 2017
Cast bronze
10 x 8 x 10 inches (25.5 x 24.3 x 25.5 cm)
Unique work in a series of 4
An Te Liu
Edifice Complex,, 2016
Slip cast stoneware with overglaze pigmentation
6 1/2 x 6 7/8 x 7 3/8 inches (16.5 x 17.5 x 18.8 cm)
Edition 3 of 5
An Te Liu
Vegetable Mineral, 2016
Cast bronze
11 x 5 x 21 1/2 inches (28 x 12.7 x 54.6 cm)
Unique
An Te Liu
Vegetable Mineral (detail), 2016
Cast bronze
11 x 5 x 21 1/2 inches (28 x 12.7 x 54.6 cm)
Unique
An Te Liu
Tropos (for Gertrude Stein) III/II/II, 2016
Cast bronze 63 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches (161 x 21 x 22 cm)
Unique work in a series of 3
An Te Liu
Tropos (for Gertrude Stein) III/II/II, 2016
Cast bronze 63 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches (161 x 21 x 22 cm)
Unique work in a series of 3