— Replica Audemars Piguet UK anounces details of major new artwork by Chinese artist Sun Xun, for the second Audemars Piguet Art Commission. The installation will be unveiled at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016.
This will be one of Sun Xun’s most ambitious projects. The Chinese artist’s entire multidisciplinary arsenal will be mobilized in the large-scale immersive environment of the installation. In addition to 2D and 3D animation, the work will include traditional scroll paintings, ink drawings, various architectural and design elements, as well as sound. The installation will be presented to the public on the Miami Beach oceanfront, and will span a city block across from Collins Park.
Since 2006, Sun Xun has overseen a large and growing animation studio to realize his increasingly complex productions. Time Spy, a film animation included in the installation, will be created using classic Chinese illustration methods, in which every frame is a fully executed woodcut. The work has required the assistance of hundreds of Chinese art students who have been supporting Sun Xun in the production of each individually crafted woodcut. The 3D animation will be projected onto a screen, which the audience will view through custom glasses designed by the artist.
Growing up in a time immediately following the Chinese Cultural Revolution, themes of global history, culture, memory and politics have had a profound impact on Sun Xun’s work. For his installation in Miami Beach, Sun Xun will explore the Five Elements – metal, wood, fire, water, and earth – that structure the universe according to Chinese cultural tradition. Bridging classical and modern art and exploring the history and metaphysics of the world that surrounds us, the installation, among its many layers of meaning, amounts to a prolonged meditation on time, both in content and in form.
In 2015, Sun Xun was invited to Audemars Piguet’s home in Le Brassus, to learn about the brand’s tradition of precision and expert craftsmanship. Considered one of China’s most talented young artists, Sun Xun was selected for his mastery of many interdisciplinary fields and highly experimental working methods, mirroring the forward thinking and technical excellence inherent to Audemars Piguet’s watchmaking.
The Audemars Piguet Art Commission supports artists in the creation of works of exceptional complexity and precision. A defining aspect of the Commission is that it not only provides the selected artists with resources, but also creates links to special expertise required to realize original artworks. For Sun Xun’s installation, Audemars Piguet is working closely with the artist to secure the highest quality of optical and projection devices necessary to construct the project.