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ERIC Number: EJ868904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-2224
Xu Bing, Ed Pien and Gu Xiong: Lost and Found in Translation
Mahon, Patrick
Visible Language, v42 n1 p28-43 2008
The works of contemporary artists Xu Bing, Ed Pien and Gu Xiong are involved in bringing to light some of the factors inherent in social, cultural and linguistic translation. In doing so, each artist is also engaged in the nuanced activity of moving between historical and contemporary aesthetic strategies in order to interrogate the way meaning is produced through materials-based iterations, against a backdrop of public culture. This essay situates the works of Xu Bing, Ed Pien and Gu Xiong in relation to each artist's own respective practice which has spanned more than twenty years. Concentrating specifically on projects where the artists mobilize western-influenced art methodologies and refer to traditional Chinese/Asian art styles, the essay makes canny revelations about the nature of communication, and on linguistic and material translation, in contemporary culture in the globalizing world. (Contains 9 figures and 8 endnotes.)
Sharon H. Poggenpohl. Available from: Rhode Island School of Design. 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903. Tel: 401-454-6570; Fax: 401-454-6117; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; China; Taiwan; United States