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Alice Wang
An Atlas of Outer Space

Published by Sming Sming Books

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March 2019, English, 5.75 x 8.75 in, 308 pages, color, softcover
Edition of 45
Design: Sming Sming Books

For several years, Alice Wang’s mantra was: “the Earth is plummeting towards the Sun but missing it.” An Atlas of Outer Space is an idiosyncratic undertaking of mapping the infinite, projecting the artist's mind light years away. It becomes a way to bring faraway celestial objects into our earthling realm and onto the pages of a book. Just as the memoirs of astronauts Wang voraciously reads, this book builds a bridge to a (yet) unreachable space. With this collection of images, Wang can insert her own consciousness into the world in which we live in. She suggests infinity within the very defined space of a book, giving her and us the possibility to physically hold it in our hands. Introduction by Anna Milone. 

Alice Wang (b. 1983, Xi'an, China) studied Computer Science and International Relations, and received a BS from the University of Toronto in 2005; she also has a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts and MFA from New York University. Wang was a fellow at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, a Villa Aurora fellow in Berlin, and a recipient of several major grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. She’s had solo exhibitions at Capsule Shanghai, Human Resources (Los Angeles), 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica), ltd los angeles; she has presented work at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), FLAX Foundation (Los Angeles), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, K11 Art Foundation (Hong Kong), Taikang Space (Beijing), and lectured at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), and Shanghai Project. Wang is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts at NYU Shanghai. She co-organizes The Magic Hour, an outdoor exhibition site housed on a mesa in the high desert of Twentynine Palms, California.