Jen Liu

Jen Liu

Born in 1976, lives and works in New York

Jen Liu, PINK SLIME CAESAR SHIFT (2018). Exhibition view. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Jen Liu, Pink Slime Caesar Shift, 2018. Single channel 4K video, 24:20 min. As installed in the exhibition PINK SLIME CAESAR SHIFT (2018) at Upstream Gallery. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Jen Liu, Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Alice Foo Was Here, 2018. Acrylic ink, acrylic gouache, and gold acrylic on paper, 183 x 129,5 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Jen Liu, Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Proposal I Chem + Phos Nail Ring: For Xu Xiaoshi Before Death, 2018. Solid brass body and synthetic DNA coated silica particles, contained by solid brass bead. Jen Liu, Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Triple A Chop Chop, 2018. Acrylic ink, acrylic gouache, and gold acrylic on paper, 183 x 129,5 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Jen Liu, Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Eyes Without a Face, 2018. Acrylic ink, acrylic gouache, and gold acrylic on paper, 183 x 129,5 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Jen Liu, Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Bread and Roses, 2018. Acrylic ink, acrylic gouache, and gold acrylic on paper, 183 x 129,5 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Jen Liu, Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Octopus Assassin Guggi Edition, 2018. Acrylic ink, acrylic gouache, and gold acrylic on paper, 183 x 129,5 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Jen Liu, PINK SLIME CAESAR SHIFT (2018), exhibition overview. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. The Pink Detachment: Principle of Alignment, 2015. Ink, watercolour, gouache and gesso on paper, 129 x 84 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. The Pink Detachment: Principle of Alignment, 2015. Ink, watercolour, gouache and gesso on paper, 129 x 84 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Division Manager Catalogue 021 - 027, 2014. Ink and gesso on paper, 202 x 129,5 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Division Manager 019 and Stand, 2014. Ink and gesso on paper, 202 x 129,5 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Division Managers 010, 011 and 012, 2014. Ink and gesso on paper, 132 x 152,5 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Division Managers 013, 014 and Schematic, 2014. Ink and gesso on paper, 132 x 152,5 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Division Manager 003, 2013. Ink and gesso on paper, 133 x 83,5 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Division Manager 017 and Co., 2014. Ink and Gesso on paper, 133 x 83 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Division Manager 020 and Accessoires, 2014. Ink and gesso on paper, 133 x 83,4 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Machinist's Lament, 2014 (installation shot). HD video, 17:21'. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Safety First, 2013 (installation shot). HD video, 15:20'. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Division Manager 002, 2013. Ink and gesso on paper, 130 x 87 cm. "Public Offering", 2013, bricks, balloons. Installation at the Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Wealth Management: Cockatiel', 2013, ink and gesso on paper. 14.25 x 21 inch. 'Wealth Management: Willie', 2013, ink and gesso on paper. 14.25 x 21 inch. 'Wealth Management: Aaron', 2013. Pencil with white chalk on paper, 35 x 53 cm. 'Orestes and Electra', 2012, ink on paper, 92 x 55 in. 'Us vs. Them', 2012, ink on paper, 53 x 53 in. 'Six Colorful Tales: From The Emotional Spectrum (Women)', 2011, 
Digital video, 17 min 16 sec. 'Fugue State: La Mode', 2010, watercolor and ink on paper, 53 x 67 in. 'Fugue State: All Together Now', 2010, watercolor and ink on paper. 53 x 57 in. 'L/M/N/O', 2009, watercolor on paper, 205 x 133 cm 'C/D', watercolor on paper, 175 x 133 cm. 'Drastic Measures Chart', 2008, ink, watercolor and collage on paper. 34 x 37 inch. 'Control for Enforcement', 2008, ink and watercolor on paper with .22 and .44 shotgun bullet holes., 53 x 33 inch. 'Proposal nr. 2: conventional warfare', 2008, watercolor and ink on paper, 173 x 270 cm. 'Proposal nr. 1: Bomb them all', 2008, watercolor and ink on paper, 173 x 270 cm. 'Untitled', 2007, watercolor and ink on paper, 67 x 57 cm (serie of 9 pieces) 'Untitled', 2007, watercolor and ink on paper, 67 x 57 cm (serie of 9 pieces) The Brethren of Stone: 'Memento Mori Ex', 2007, 135 x 135 cm The Brethren of Stone: 'Sloth', 2007, 133 x 135 cm 'The Brethren of the Stone: Vista Ex Machina', 2007, watercolor and ink on paper, 134 x 290 cm. 'The Brethren of Stone: Eliasson Dragon', 2007, watercolor and ink on paper, 134 x 135 cm. 'The Brethren of the Stone: (True Force) All the Kings of Men cannot put it back together again', 2007, watercolor and ink on paper, 62,5 x 62,5 cm 'The Brethren of the Stone: Inside the Rock', 2006, watercolor and ink on paper, 105 x 107 cm. 'The Brethren of the Stone: Contingency Chart', 2006, watercolor and ink on paper, 132 x 126 cm. 'The Brethren of Stone: On Vain the Net is Spread in Sight of the Bird', 2006, watercolor and ink on paper, 105 x 106,5 cm 'The Brethren of the Stone: Hear All, See All, Say Nowt, Tak'all, Keep All, Gie Not, And if Tha Ever Does Owt for Nowt Do It for Thysen', 2006, watercolor and ink on paper, 105 x 106,5 cm. 'The Brethren of the Stone: It Is Too Late to Shut the Stable-Door After the Horse Has Bolted', 2006, watercolor and ink on paper, 105 x 106,5 cm. 'Still Nodding Night - Mad Naked Summer Night', 2005, watercolor, ink and colored pencil on paper, 276 x 145 cm. 'Spring, The Sweetest Spring, Is The Year's Pleasant King; Then Blooms Each Thing, Then Maids Dance In A Ring, Cold Doth Not Sting, The Pretty Birds Do Sing. Cuckoo, Jug-Jug, Pu-We, To-Witta-Woo!', 2005, watercolor, ink and colored pencil on paper, 276 x 145 cm. 'Winter is icumen in, Lhude sing Goddamm, Raineth drop and staineth slop, And how the wind doth ramm!Sing: Goddamm', 2005, watercolor, ink and colored pencil on paper, 276 x 145 cm 'Was It The Ghost Of Autumn In That Smell Of Underground, Or God's Blank Heart Grown Kind, That Sent A Happy Dream To Him In Hell?', 2005, watercolor, ink and colored pencil on paper, 276 x 145 cm. 'LAALAL: Diamonds of the Earth', 2005, watercolor, ink and colored pencil on paper, 105 x 47 cm. 'LAALAL: Volcano Fire Makes Ash Flowers', 2005, watercolor, ink and colored pencil on paper, 105 x 47". Still from the video 'Soldiers of Light', 2005 "2304 Is A Beer Drinking Year", 2004, karaoke video, 5:55 min
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Jen Liu
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Biography

Jen Liu is a New York-based visual artist whose practice includes video, performance, and painting, focused on the topics of economy, labor’s intersection with national identity and gender formation, and the re-imagining of archival artefacts and industrial objects. Her work often starts with research-based fictions. From existing socioeconomic and political conditions, she builds speculative narratives that reveal our latent social desires, meaning to critique the limitations of existing solutions for social problems, while expanding the imaginary around these issues.

Liu is attracted to mediums that seem “thin” – paintings on paper, video, music, and performances – forms that express material impermanence. This is related to her interest in propaganda, posters, and sloganeering – manmade objects whose authority is subject to the transit of history, prone to divergent swings in meaning. Their instability further reveals the intrinsic, intimate connection between social policy and desire. Originating fantasies – about national, gender, and economic identities – can be warped and juxtaposed in ways that reveal unexpected convergences. “Minor stories”, such as safety tutorials, meat manufacture, and small objects of feminized hygiene - reveal the nuances of the “major stories” of globalization, the interlocking systems of the exploitation of female labor.

One of her recent videos, The Pink Detachment, premiered in the 2016 Berlinale Forum Expanded exhibition, and her recent performance commission for six dancers, The Red Detachment of Women, premiered at the Whitney Museum in mid-2015. She has also presented work at The New Museum, New York; Royal Academy and ICA in London; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunsthalle Wien and das weisse haus, Vienna; Coreana Museum in Seoul, Korea; Aspen Museum of Art, CO; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; MUSAC, Leon; as well as the 2014 Shanghai Biennale. She has also received multiple grants and residencies, including Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; Sommerakademie, Bern, Switzerland; de ateliers, Amsterdam, NL; the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York; among others. In 2016 she was a resident artist at Para Site in Hong Kong and LMCC Process Space on Roosevelt Island, in 2018 she is a resident artist at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, and in 2019 she will be a Swatch Artist in Residence in Shanghai, China. 

Liu is a 2018 recipient of the Art + Technology Lab Awards at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), and was a 2017 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Film & Video, as well as the NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship in Digital/ Electronic Art.

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Exhibitions

PINK SLIME CAESAR SHIFT

1 Sep - 29 Sep '18

Meeting the Universe Halfway

3 Mar - 3 Jun '18

Berlinale 2018

14 Feb - 25 Feb '18

NEW/NOW

27 Jan - 3 Mar '18

The Visible Hand

7 Jan - 15 Feb '17

Jen Liu: The Pink Detachment

16 Aug - 27 Aug '16

We Are Not Things

8 Jan - 14 Feb '16

TRANSFORMER

3 Oct - 14 Nov '15

The Managers

18 Oct - 21 Nov '14

10th Shanghai Biennale

22 Nov '14 - 31 Mar '15

A Decade Upstream

30 Nov - 19 Dec '13

Cinema

5 Jun - 16 Jul '10

Folkert de Jong and Jen Liu

1 May '04 - 6 Jun '06

The Last Four Seasons

15 Oct - 19 Nov '05

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