Shanghai-based artist Jin Shan is being heralded as a leading contender in the recent emergence of politically active Chinese artists. Mixing humor with satire, Shan is challenging viewers to look past the surface of daily life and to notice the corruption of the political and financial elite of China. The title of the show is taken from an instance where a drunk driver killed two school girls and as the driver was being arrested he shouted in intimidation “My dad is Li Gang” (Li Gang being an local influential politician). With My dad is Li Gang!, Jin Shan transforms the Bell Gallery into a "political disco party." The focal point of the installation is a mirror-clad replica of China's Tiangong 1 space station, bathed in yellow light. The station has come to represent the vast time and expense the government has used in a bid to improve their image of technical prowess. The station turns slowly, seemingly powered by a cast replica of a three-wheeled cycle that many of the Chinese working class depend on for the transportation from the fields to market. The "party" is enclosed by four plaster covered walls that are imprinted with replicas of the hands of migrant farm laborers.
The exhibition will open on September 1 and continue until November 4. An opening reception for the exhibition will take place at 5:30pm on Friday, September 7. The exhibition is curated by Ian Alden Russel and more information can be found on the David Winton Bell Gallery website. Writer Bill Van Siclens wrote a review of the exhibition for the Providence Journal. In addition, Brown University published a press release about the exhibition.
Continuing its long-standing relationship with the David Winton Bell Gallery, Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition invitation, brochure, installation graphics, exterior sign, and banner for the exhibition.