Misleading Trails- Ai Weiwei, Xiaoze Xie, Hong Hao, Vernon Fisher, Enrique Chagoya, Dan Mills, Hai Bo

Ai Weiwei (b. 1957)
Chinese
Crossed Table, 2000
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Wood
50” x 70” x 70”
Private Collection

(October 13 – December 9, 2005)

At first glance, the work of this group of artists from China and the United States is misleading; it appears simply to be about the depicted subjects. Closer viewing reveals complex and layered meanings, sincere and subversive strategies, biting humor and very serious intent, veneration and critique. In visually and intellectually compelling work that investigates history, art, and cultural and personal experience, Ai, Chagoya, Fisher, Hai, Hong, Mills and Xie create provocative art filled with layered images and information, leading the viewer away from their initial response, and down numerous trails full of unexpected discoveries. After opening at the China Art Archives and Warehouse in Beijing, China in 2004, the Vanderbilt University presentation is part of a national tour, traveling throughout the United States in 2005 – 06.

[Organized by the artists, China Art Archives and Warehouse in Beijing, China and the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University]