Presented in collaboration with the Institution for Electronic Arts at Alfred University. On view through Sunday, July 28, 2013.
Beijing-based artist Song Dong emerged from a strong Chinese avant-garde performing arts community and developed into a significant contemporary art figure in the progression of Chinese conceptual art.
In Broken Mirror, a video installation, Song destroys one reflective scene to reveal another, shattering the viewer's conception of reality and juxtaposing China's modern cityscape with its traditional landscape. Using a succession of images, the artist exposes a rapidly modernizing China and explores notions of transience and illusion in contemporary society.
Song graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Capital Normal University in Beijing in 1989. He started his artistic career in the early '90s, and was also engaged in organizing contemporary art exhibitions and events. His work reveals the impermanence and transience of human endeavor, ranging from performance and video to photography, theater, and sculpture. As a pioneer of contemporary Chinese art, Song explores the intricate connection between life and art with the light of an Eastern wisdom and gains international prestige.
Text courtesy of the Pace Gallery and The 59th Minute.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Institute of Electronic Arts School of Art and Design, NYSCC at Alfred University.
General admission to the Burchfield Penney Art Center is free to Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff and Burchfield Penney members.