PKM GALLERY is proud to announce an exhibition of new work by Wang Qingsong, his first solo show of new works in China in eight years. This exhibition, "Caution", is a continuation of Wang Qingsong's use of meticulously planned and constructed sets as a backdrop for photographic questioning of familiar cultural signs, symbols and skepticism related to China's recent rapid changes. For the first time, the artist presents a site-specific installation set created within the gallery space where the interior is completely wrapped in the ubiquitous red, white and blue, striped tarp that blankets much of China's evolving urban landscape, transforming the gallery into a circus-like construction site with a marked sense of impermanence. The all-encompassing nature of the installation compels the audience to become part of the artwork, a fact which is heightened by the surveillance system installed on the gallery's second floor which allows viewers to observe their counterparts on the first floor. Through exhibiting the photographs and the set side by side, this exhibition allows insight into Wang Qingsong's creative process like never before.
Wang Qingsong's work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and group shows around the world at institutions and events including the Rencontres d'Arles in France (2006), the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2005), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2004), the International Center for Photography (2004 and 2006) and PS1 Contemporary Art Center (2002) in New York.