White Rabbit gallery has closed its doors this week to commence the six-week-long installation of Paradi$e Bitch – the gallery’s second collection hanging for the year. White Rabbit is one of the city’s most interesting contemporary-art sites, and has a vast compilation of contemporary Chinese artworks by emerging and established talent. Each piece is hand selected, and the collection regularly updated, by the gallery’s owner, Judith Nelson. Artworks in the collection are thoughtful, complex and often fierce and harrowing explorations of modern Chinese life.
Paradi$e Bitch may be the gallery’s most complex and intricate installation to date. It features a set of works that explore visions of heaven on Earth, prosperity and the idea of a distant, unreachable golden age. The exhibition takes its name from Chen Tianzhuo’s 2014 two-channel video piece – a rap-video parody with gold grills and diamond chains.
Most of the works in Paradi$e Bitch are recent acquisitions, and many have never been shown in Australia. Other pieces will include Xu Zhen’s (Madein Company) multi-tonne deformed Buddhist and Greek deity statues, and Shi Young’s jumbled, drug-inspired, neon poem, A Bunch of Happy Fantasies.