Untitled, 2006 - Patty Chang

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About Untitled

These limited edition chrome-plated bronze sculptures, created by Patty Chang to support SITE Santa Fe, are reminiscent of a prop in Chang's film Shangri-La. In the video, Chang visits Zhongdian, a mountainside Chinese village that—in hopes of attracting ...

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These limited edition chrome-plated bronze sculptures, created by Patty Chang to support SITE Santa Fe, are reminiscent of a prop in Chang's film Shangri-La. In the video, Chang visits Zhongdian, a mountainside Chinese village that—in hopes of attracting tourism—claims to be the mythical Himalayan Utopia of James Hilton's 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. The artist commissioned Chinese craftsman to create a mirrored mountain as a playful homage to the sacred peak depicted in the novel. These jagged metallic sculptures are part of her overall body of work dealing with fantasy, artifice, and exoticism.

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About the Artist

About Patty Chang

Patty Chang is a performance and video artist known for probing taboos, stereotypes, and cultural myths. Her humorous and sometimes shocking work mocks exoticized and ...Read More
Patty Chang is a performance and video artist known for probing taboos, stereotypes, and cultural myths. Her humorous and sometimes shocking work mocks exoticized and diminutive depictions of Asian women in Western popular culture. Chang frequently appears in her own work, investigating complex aspects of Asian identity by impersonating contortionists, sex workers, and legendary street fighter Bruce Lee.

Chang's notorious endurance performances tested the boundaries of social acceptability. Her unapologetically scatological performance Gong Lee with the Wind, exaggerated the storied connection between beans and flatulence the point of absurdity. The two-channel video In Love takes on the perennially taboo topic of incest. Chang appears to be sharing a passionate kiss with her parents; though, gradually it becomes apparent that they are eating an onion in reverse playback. Like photographers Sally Mann and Gillian Wearing, Chang complicates the lily-white sanctity of the parent-child relationship. Chang's work is shocking, but also contemplative. In the 40-minute video Shangri-La, she makes a pilgrimage to the rural Chinese village of Zhongdian, one of three towns that claim to be the "real" magical city from James Hilton's 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. Chang has had solo shows around the world, including the Museo National de Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Baltic Art Center is Visby, and the Jack Tilton Gallery in New York.Read Less

Untitled, 2006

Patty Chang

Sculpture
Size Price
1.13" x 12.00" x 2.50" $3,500
Edition of 20

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Description

Three chrome-plated bronze sculptures.

Dimensions

Three nesting pieces, measuring 4" x 7.5" x 5.5", 2.25" x 5.75" x 4", and 1.125" x 12" x 2.5".

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