Duration: 20th Sep. — 31st Oct. 2019 (closed on Mondays)
Location: Cc Foundation & Art Centre
Add: Room 101, Bldg 15, M50 Art Industrial Park, 50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
Cc Foundation and Art Centre proudly announce a solo exhibition of new work from American post-conceptual artist Cory Arcangel —Topline, opening on 20th September 2019. Arcangel will present 14 new “paintings” which together form a site specific installation made especially for Cc Foundation & Art Centre.
A topline is a sung melody which forms the primary vocal hook of a pop song. In contrast to back up vocals and harmonies, the topline is the dominant melody. Many of the melodies in today's global pop hits are composed by professional and often nearly anonymous topline writers. For example, "Boom, badoom, boom / boom, badoom, boom / bass / yeah, that that super bass", made famous by Nicki Minaj was written by topline savant Ester Dean. With his unique creation vision Arcangel draws together different strands of popular culture highlighting connections between various forms of contemporary artistic creation.
Cory Arcangel (b. 1978, Buffalo, NY) is an artist, composer, artist, and entrepreneur. As a pioneer of digital technology-based art, Arcangel works in a wide variety of media, including music composition, video, modified video games, performance and the Internet. The aging process of technologies and fashion is always a central question in his oeuvre. He also often uses software, hardware and Internet resources as raw artistic material, placing them in new contexts, and this revealing a new kind of style.
The 14 works in Topline are based on commercially available textiles, which are scanned, printed with UV ink on IKEA Linnmon table-tops which have been ordered from the Shanghai IKEA. The 14 works – printed on a total of 68 table tops – are densely installed. They show various types of leggings – sweatpants, track pants, Daisy Dukes and ripped denim jeans. In each work, details such as the waistband, pockets, zippers, text and logos are combined and reassembled by cutting and folding the commercially available fabric. These collages forefront contemporary mainstream fashion as an aesthetic reflection of the time in which we live. The “paintings” visually abstract the commodification of fast-casual fashion aesthetics, and present athleisure wear as a global signifier of late capitalism - a manifestation of dotcom and gig-economy labor, tightening supply lines, and expanding wealth.
Using nearly obsolete scanning technology these new “paintings” transform fast-casual fashion fabrics and ubiquitous IKEA furniture into artworks which capture a moment in contemporary culture, much like the catchy yet disposable hooks of today’s topline writers which have also become a symbol of our times. Through his instantly generated digital images and unconventional presentations Arcangel prompts the viewer to question the mutual relationship between cultural production, human development and the advancement of technology.
About Cc Foundation
Cc Foundation, founded and supported by collector and entrepreneur David Chau, is committed to supporting and sponsoring young and emerging practitioners, encouraging innovative ideas, and promoting the development of contemporary arts and culture in China and beyond. With offices in both Hong Kong and Shanghai, the foundation launched its non-profit space at M50 Art Zone in November 2016.
Cory Arcangel (b. 1978, Buffalo, NY) is a composer, artist, and entrepreneur based in Stavanger, Norway, and Brooklyn, New York.
In the last few years, he has worked on a dizzying array of seemingly un-related projects; For the 2019 Sharjah Biennial he created banners of destroyed jeans for the facade of the Sharjah Art Museum, as well as composed a new work for pipe organ - which was placed into the mix at the Radisson Blu Sharjah gym. In collaboration with Olia Lialina, he recently toured the two-person show, Asymmetrical Response which traveled to the Western Front (2016) in Vancouver, the Kitchen in New York (2017), and Art Projects Ibiza in Ibiza (2017); Under the auspices of Arcangel Surfware - a software and merchandise publishing company he founded - he published Tony Conrad's 200 plus hour long piano piece, Music and the Mind of the World in 2017, released a line of fidgit spinners, as well as opened a flagship store and gallery in Stavanger in 2018 - where he can be found working on Saturdays.
His work is included in many public collections, including the MoMA in New York, the Tate in London, Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie, and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich.