Beijing, China (PRWEB) January 12, 2013
The Opposite House’s newest art installation, Soft Violence, a collection of selected works from popular local artist Gao Xiaowu, is being presented in the property’s atrium through March 30, 2013.
Gao Xiaowu, a native of China’s Fujian province, is a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts’ sculpture department. His solo and group exhibitions have been widely displayed in Beijing, Shanghai, Australia, Korea and Taiwan. Gao currently lives and works in Beijing and his unique interpretations are a natural fit for the culture- and style-centric Opposite House.
Gao’s Soft Violence series at The Opposite House includes Chromosome, where he examines the moment of birth with highly realistic larger-than-life newborn baby sculptures, each measuring 9 ft. in height. The sculptures are depicted at the time of birth, in a state of innocence, shielded from negativity and resistance from the real world (vs simply existing in a state of cuteness). Gao views a child’s development process as experiences that struggle against the “soft violence” of an intense pace of work, tight urban spaces, inflationary pressures and the ubiquitous control of information.
Discrepancy, at 5 ft. in diameter and 11 ft. tall, is a personal reflection of Gao’s childhood and his struggle to find a balance between the Buddhist philosophy of “staying aloof from worldly affairs” and “agreement with worldly affairs.” The bottom half of Discrepancy is a screw precariously balanced in motion. Sitting cross-legged on top of the screw is a plump, affable Buddha, a contrast to the instability of the screw. The visual contrast alludes to the confrontation of the thinking space of Zen meditation and the disturbing nature of actual reality. The Buddha represents the calmness above the clouds, where peace has transcended the turbulence below it.
“It’s great to have the babies in the hotel at the beginning of the year and just in time for Chinese New Year. Not only are they visually striking, they move us to reflect on our own lives,” says Enwei Lien, hotel manager of The Opposite House.
The Soft Violence installation is the newest series being presented by The Opposite House, noted for its commitment to showcasing Beijing’s artists, intriguing culture and contemporary appeal throughout their guest experience programs.
The Soft Violence installation is curated by Neng Zhao, one half of Culture Continuum Consulting Co., Ltd., a consultancy specializing in Chinese art and intercultural communication spheres. Based in Beijing with offices in Hong Kong and London, Culture Continuum Consulting
Co., Ltd. helps individuals and institutions with solutions related to the arts. For further information: Ms. Neng Zhao, Tel: +86 139 1075 1506 | email@example.com.
About The Opposite House
The Opposite House is located in Sanlitun Village—a vibrant new open-plan shopping, dining and entertainment destination developed by Swire Properties. The hotel’s 99 guest studios include 9 spacious suites and a penthouse duplex with a 240 sqm roof terrace. More than half of all the studios are over 70 sqm and all are strikingly simple with natural wooden floors and subtle touches of Chinese décor.
About Swire Hotels
Swire Hotels has been created to manage intriguing urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United Kingdom, providing a characterful experience for travelers who seek individuality, style and personalized service.
The Opposite House, Beijing, opened in 2008 and was followed by The Upper House, above Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in October 2009.
Swire Hotels opened a 345-room lifestyle business hotel called EAST, Hong Kong in Hong Kong’s Island East, on January 25, 2010.
Swire Hotels has launched a new collection of locally inspired and stylish hotels in the heart of great British towns and cities called Chapter Hotels. The first hotel in the collection, The Montpellier Chapter, Cheltenham opened in 2010. The second hotel, The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter opened in June 2012.
About Sanlitun Village
Sanlitun Village, located at the junction of the Worker’s Stadium North Road and Sanlitun Road in Chaoyang District, Beijing, comprising two sites with a total site area of approximately 53,000 sqm (over 566,000 sq ft), and a total floor area of over 136,000 sqm (approximately 1.47 million sq ft)* spreading over 19 buildings, including a 99-room intriguing urban hotel, The Opposite House. Built around the bustling hutongs of Sanlitun, taking inspiration from the courtyards and alleyways of Beijing's past and mixing it with its more worldly cosmopolitan present, the development will include over 200 shops, plus cafes, restaurants and bars, an eight-screen MEGABOX cinema, a unique cultural entertainment space and parking for more than 800 cars. For more details, please go to our official website: [http://www.sanlitunvillage.com
The retail portions of Sanlitun Village are jointly owned by Swire Properties and Gateway China Fund I, with Swire Properties holding an 80% stake and Gateway China Fund I taking the remaining 20%, while the hotel is wholly-owned by Swire Properties.
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