Sun Xun

Sun Xun: The Dark Magician of New Chinese Animation

“Sun’s images crystallize into a gritty, dystopic urban overture to revolution.” Artforum

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Giving a rare U.S. presentation of his animation oeuvre, artist and filmmaker Sun Xun screens a program of shorts ranging from a witty experiment in body art to the creation of an expansive imagistic world that evokes China’s checkered voyage toward technological and political modernity. After studying printmaking at the Hangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Sun founded the animation studio Pi in 2006. To make his meticulous animations, Sun Xun uses traditional calligraphy techniques to produce drawings on canvas, silk and printed matter; these are then hand-copied frame by frame to create flickering effects and complex, multilayered textures. Sun’s films have been shown in festivals in China, France, Germany and New York’s Anthology Film Archives. His original drawings, meanwhile, have been exhibited in galleries and museums in China, Europe and the United States. A major show of his work opens this November at Max Protetch Gallery in New York.

In person: Sun Xun

Curated by Bérénice Reynaud and Steve Anker. Thanks to ShanghART Gallery and the Pacific Film Archive.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

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MON 10/19
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff