Upstream Gallery Amsterdam

Jen Liu

1976
Lives and works in New York

Jen Liu Aaron
‘Wealth Management: Aaron’, 2013
Pencil with white chalk on paper, 35 x 53 cm

Jen Liu Willie
‘Wealth Management: Willie’, 2013
Pencil with white chalk on paper, 35 x 53 cm

Jen Liu Cockatiel
‘Wealth Management: Cockatiel’, 2013
Pencil with white chalk on paper, 35 x 35 cm

A: Abstract for your home
A: Abstract for your Home 2009
Watercolor on paper, 133×85 cm

L/M/N/O 2009
L/M/N/O 2009
Watercolor on paper, 205×133 cm

U is for uncle  2009
U is for Uncle 2009
Watercolor on paper, 133×85 cm

C/D  2009
C/D  2009
Watercolor on paper, 175×133 cm

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‘Proposal nr 2: conventional warfare’ 2008.
Watercolor and ink on paper, 173×270 cm

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‘Proposal nr 1: Bomb them all’ 2008.
Watercolor and ink on paper, 173×270 cm

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‘Ugly Little Orphan nr. 5: Shiva’ 200
Watercolor, ink and collage on vellumpaper, 71×43 cm

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‘The Brethren of the Stone: Vista Ex Machina’ 2007.
Watercolor and ink on paper, 134×290 cm

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‘The Brethren of the Stone: Eliasson Dragon’ 2007.
Watercolor and ink on paper, 134×135 cm

JL. All the Kings Man
‘The Brethren of the Stone: (True Force) All the Kings Men cannot put it
back together again’ 2007. Watercolor and ink on paper, 62,5×62,5 cm

JL. All the Kings Man
‘The Brethren of the Stone: True Force (All the Kings Men) cannot put it
back together again’ 2007. Watercolor and ink on paper, 65×64 cm

Inside the rock
‘The Brethren of the Stone: Inside the Rock’ 2006. Watercolor and ink on paper, 105×107 inches.

Contingency Chart
‘Brethren of the Stone: Contingency Chart’ 2006. Watercolor and ink on paper, 132×126 cm.

BOS_bird
‘The Brethren of the Stone: On Vain the Net is Spread in Sight of the Bird’ 2006. Watercolor and ink on paper, 105×106,5 inches

BOS_hear all
‘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, 105×106,5 inches

BOS_horse
‘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, 105×106,5 inches.

Spring, The Sweet Spring, Is The Year’s Pleasant King;
‘Still nodding night – mad naked summer night’ 2005 Watercolor, ink and colored pencil on paper, 276×145 cm

Jen Liu (USA, 1976)
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.
Spring, The Sweet Spring, Is The Year’s Pleasant King;
‘Spring, The Sweet 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, 276×145 cm

Winter is icumen in, Lhude sing Goddamm
‘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, 276×145 cm

Was It The Gost Of Autumn In That Smell Of Underground
‘Was It The Gost 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, 276×145 cm

Soldiers of Light
Still from the video ‘Soldiers of Light’ 2005

Diamonds of the Earth
‘LAALAL: Diamonds of the Earth’ 2005 Watercolor, ink and colored pencil on paper, 105 x 47 inches

LAALAL: Volcano Fire Makes Ash Flowers
‘LAALAL: Volcano Fire Makes Ash Flowers’ 2005 Watercolor, ink and colored pencil on paper, 105 x 47 inches

2304 is a beer drinking year
Stills from the karaoke-video ‘2304 is a beer drinking year’ 2004

2304 is a beer drinking year
Stills from the karaoke-video ‘2304 is a beer drinking year’ 2004