Rupture of the Mundane Plane
Qualia Contemporary Art is proud to present the inaugural exhibition Catastrophic Beauty: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. Xiaoze Xie, the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art at Stanford University, has guest curated this exhibition featuring seven exceptional artists -- Michael Arcega (b.1973), Robyn O’Neil (b.1977), QIU Anxiong (b.1972), John Sabraw (b.1968), SHANG Yang (b.1942), Jean Shin (b.1971), and Yi Xin Tong (b.1988).
Catastrophic Beauty: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene addresses the impact of human dominance over the environment and explores its psychological, aesthetic, and philosophical implications. “We live in an era identified as the Anthropocene with proliferation of new technologies and rapid ecological changes: climate warming, rising sea levels, extinction of biological species, surging population and explosive urbanization,” says Xiaoze Xie. “Artists in this exhibition confront this pressing reality with acute perception, imagination, resistance, and hope.”