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OCAT Shenzhen
July 30 - Oct 30, 2022

Lu Pingyuan: “Trapping Cooking, Cooking Trapping, It’s a Lovely Life”

Artist Lu Pingyuan's latest solo exhibition "Trapping Cooking, Cooking Trapping, It's a Lovely Life" is now on view at OCAT Shenzhen, featuring a series of site-specific new works.  Lu displaces the imaginary and physical spaces and make them collide, constructing a field comprising multiple narrative relations. Taking the two dimensions of the gallery hall and the storybook, the exhibition presents a series of artistic creations inspired by the fairytale “Hansel and Gretel”. In the story, a sister and brother, lost in the forest, are enticed into a candy house in a witch’s trap and finally outwit the witch and return home. Lu extracts imageries from the story including children, family, candy house, cookie crumbs, and boiler, and reorganizes them into a new reality. Combining popular culture, personal experience, and the public's real-life anxieties, he creates a theatre of polyphonic narratives parallel to the meta-text.

About Lu Pingyuan
Lu Pingyuan (b.1984, Zhejiang Province, China) lives and works in Shanghai. Spanning text, installation, painting, and sculpture, Lu’s works are imbued with narrative and metaphor. Drawing inspiration from art history, classic literature, popular culture, and personal experience, the artist builds a gigantic world of fantasy homologous with reality to reveal the spiritual predicament of contemporary human beings and rediscover the potential for spiritual connection between people and the universe.
His works have been exhibited extensively in both national and international institutions and biennales. Recent solo exhibitions include: “Trapping Cooking, Cooking Trapping, It’s a Lovely Life”, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China, 2022; “The First Artist”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2021; “Imperishable Affection”, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, China, 2020; “KOLA”, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2019; “HOME ALONe”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2017; “James Stanley-The Seventh Earl of Derby”, Center for Chinese Contemporary Art, United Kingdom, 2016; “ON KAWARA”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2016; “Unexpected Discoveries”, MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, 2015; “Time Capsule”, Gallery Box, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2011.

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About OCAT Shenzhen
OCAT Shenzhen, founded in 2005, is the headquarters of OCAT Museums. As the museum group’s first site, OCAT Shenzhen is committed to practice and research in the fields of contemporary art and theory both inside China and in the international arena. With independence, professionalism, and public service as its core values, OCAT aims to promote cross-platform exchanges between domestic and global contemporary art communities through exhibitions, research projects, academic exchanges, public education, publications, and international art residencies. It strives to establish a contemporary art operation system rooted in the domestic situation, and to develop into a non-governmental art institution with international standards and impact.