Jen Liu

Jen Liu

Born in 1976, lives and works in New York

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 examines the contemporary cultural and political frontier through its collision with old and new pop models - music, icons, pop history, computer and print graphics. What results are seemingly imaginary worlds, in which meaning is intensified through allegory, hidden motivations revealed through mass media aesthetics.

Liu lives in Brooklyn. She studied at the California Institute of the Arts and at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. She makes drawings and paintings on paper, videos and installations that draw on diverse histories to construct fictions that say something about our contemporary society. In her large, seductive watercolors you can find imagery from art historical styles such as modernism and constructivism. Her practice also includes film, installations and performance.

In 2013 Liu made the art project 'Melon Mysticism for Everyone', that is affixed to the Manhattan Bridge in New York. In 2014, she got the commission to create a large-scale work for the façade of the new citizenM Times Square hotel in New York. Her work is regularly exhibited in solo- and group exhibitions worldwide. She is represented by Upstream Gallery since 2004.

In the fall of 2016 Jen Lui will be doing an artist residency at the LMCC in New York.

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Exhibitions

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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