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  1. ssZhang Peili, A Gust of Wind (stilll), 2008

    Zhang Peili
    A Gust of Wind, 2008 (stilll)
    5-channel video installation
    various dimensions
    Courtesy of Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing
    Photo: Owen Sopotiuk

Yellow Signal: New Media in China

Geng Jianyi, Huang Ran, Zhang Peili

April 27 – August 19, 2012

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Patrick from England at 3:58 pm Sunday, August 19, 2012

Though that shows that the harm has achieved its goal through its shocking nature. Yours sincerely, A green pig

An angry bird. from England at 3:54 pm Sunday, August 19, 2012

Animal rights? Not keen on the killing of innocent creatures :(

Hiroshi from Vancouver at 1:47 pm Saturday, August 18, 2012


Julie R at 1:11 pm Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Great photography. Not so much the dead fish.

R P Usgaocar from Goa India at 10:38 am Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Simply brilliant.It is a tempest that blows trough the soul of a person !

Shotaro Ouchi from Japan at 3:36 pm Sunday, August 12, 2012

It is very beautiful!! I am overseas student.

Carita at 4:20 pm Friday, August 10, 2012

The Belkin is not quite as regal as a European castle, but like such a structure, the true joys of the building rest on its imposing architecture. This Summer hit the gallery with an unshakeable buzz of tourists and since today is my last day on campus, I have opted to take one final glance over at the five monitor display of a tsunami. Despite the artworks astute installation,representative of a disaster, it is really just a video and the galleries interior is as silent and relaxed as the man outside whose job it is to cut the grass. People! This space gives you the opportunity to see art! Yet, I can't determine how art happens to attract its audience. Was it the powerful effect of knowing the gallery also harbours a washroom?-Or that it has free admission? As I aimed to answer my own question, three ladies walk in and say, "Excuse me, but where is the washroom?" The sound of flushing toilets recalls the whirls of wind that gust in Zhang Peili's artwork. It is so easy to ignore just what it's like to live and I mean really live with art! An amplitude I am promptly sure to forget.

Yuji Murata from Japan at 4:07 pm Friday, August 10, 2012

I feel pain to see these works. But we have to live in such a world. I think your work is representative of our world.

大志 from バンク-バ- at 4:49 pm Wednesday, August 8, 2012


bit ye from china at 3:58 pm Saturday, July 28, 2012

very good!! i love it very much!

The Fish at 12:53 pm Saturday, July 28, 2012

Just like what it seems to represent.

Wow at 10:47 am Friday, July 27, 2012

Now there is a stunning insight.

cameron siou at 3:14 pm Thursday, July 26, 2012

I don't get it.

Kestrel at 2:28 pm Thursday, July 26, 2012

its been a pleasure looking at your art. :D I loved the video but why did you kill the fish?

LC from California at 3:45 pm Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Think this might represent the conflict between nature and civilization, and how nature will always prevail.

Ralph Croizier from U. Vic. at 3:06 pm Thursday, July 19, 2012

Intriguing. A lot has changed in Hangzhou since the 1980s, much less the 1960s!

Vanessa at 1:39 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2012

This exhibit was disturbing, yes. But sometimes you just need to give credit to the artist for all his/her hard work. I'm certain lots of money was put into the art.

Michael from Vancouver at 10:18 am Friday, July 13, 2012

It's interesting that the décor in "Gust of Wind" is ostensibly Western. Is the typhoon Chinese culture? Is the visibility of the crew outside the windows during the "storm" an intentional comment on the people who are now the makers of commercial objects consumed by the West, or just an accident of poor production values? Or a comment *on* poor production values? Where does the death of the fish and bird fit in? The window behind is obviously pushed in on purpose to ensure the collapse on the cage and aquarium, is this also talking about consumerism? Why five cinema sized screens, each with a different view of the same event? What does that say about producing multiple products for the same purpose? Lots of questions to walk away with...

jack from bellingha at 4:59 pm Wednesday, July 4, 2012

nice stuff

Jenny at 1:34 pm Wednesday, July 4, 2012

// scary

Scott Kraft from London at 4:03 pm Sunday, July 1, 2012

There is no justification for the killing of animals for "art". This piece is awful, violent, and immature.

Brien Hessatt Ph.De. from Auburn, California at 3:57 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I'm scared.

Caroline Derksen at 3:04 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Astounding in its detail and symbolism of what is left in tact after such seemly random destruction. For me the message is positive.

Tracy at 2:04 pm Tuesday, June 5, 2012

it is horrable to see all those fishes DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stephen Kawamoto from Delta, BC at 4:35 pm Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Blithe Tragedy appears to be a commentary on colonialism, Chinese history, and current politics.

David Khang from ECUAD at 1:49 pm Friday, May 18, 2012

Thanks for the intriguing show.

Alex Clark at 5:01 pm Friday, April 27, 2012

A Gust of Wind made me think of typhoons and the temporal... of cultural revolutions... and of constantly being under CCTV surveillance despite living in a democracy that supposedly foregrounds personal freedom therefore a right to a private life

Brian Hassett Ph.D. from Auburn, California at 1:31 pm Friday, April 27, 2012

The event recorded in this exhibit, after considering the setup effort and the final result, seems wasteful, banal and pointless. It was disturbing and ruffled my feathers, so to speak, but it seems quite decadent and not worth the effort.

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