Waste Not

29486Song Dong.
Waste Not.
Courtesy of Tokyo Gallery + BTAP

Song Dong
on view till September 7, 2009

Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator,
Department of Media and Performance Art,
and Sarah Suzuki, The Sue and Eugene Mercy,
Jr., Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books.

Conceptual artist Song Dong (born 1966, Beijing) is known for a range of art including performance, video, photography, and installation. His work often uses humor to explore such themes as memories and the future of urban life.

Song Dong (b. 1966) explores notions of transience and impermanence with installations that combine aspects of performance, video, photography, and sculpture. Projects 90, his first solo U.S. museum show, presents his recent work Waste Not. A collaboration first conceived of with the artist’s mother, the installation consists of the complete contents of her home, amassed over fifty years during which the Chinese concept of wu jin qi yong, or “waste not,” was a prerequisite for survival. The assembled materials, ranging from pots and basins to blankets, oil flasks, and legless dolls, form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through. Song Dong’s work has been exhibited internationally, including museums and galleries in Australia, the United States, France, Germany, Korea, and India.

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