Audemars Piguet Presents Sun Xun’s Work Time Spy At The West Coast Art & Design Expo 2018

From November 8th to 11th, 2018, the Fifth West Coast Art and Design Fair was held at Shanghai West Coast Art Center. Swiss fine watchmaking brand Audemars Piguet is the exclusive fine jewelry and watch sponsor of this artistic event for the first time this year. The West Coast Art & Design Fair has always been presented with the highest-spec lineup of exhibits, becoming one of China’s most watched art events. This year, the West Coast Art and Design Fair brings together 112 internationally important galleries from 41 cities in Asia, Europe and North America, presenting collectors and audiences with high-quality contemporary art works not to be missed. During the West Coast Art and Design Expo, Audemars Piguet presented the ten-minute 3D freeze-frame animation work ‘TimeSpy’ created by Chinese artist Sun Xun for the 2016 ‘Audemars Piguet Art Creation Commission’ in the exhibition hall.

Audemars Piguet Art and Design Expo 2018

The 3D freeze-frame animation work ‘TimeSpy’ unveiled in the Audemars Piguet showroom at the West Coast Art & Design Expo 2018 comes from the large-scale immersive multimedia installation artwork ‘Reconstruction of the Universe’ by artist Sun Xun, in 2016 The first exhibition at the Basel Art Fair in Miami. Reconstruction of the Universe uses immersive creative concepts, combining 2D and 3D animation, and the combination of traditional scroll paintings, ink paintings, sound installations, different architectural and design elements, presented in a giant exhibition hall made of bent bamboo To create an extraordinary sensory experience for the audience. This ten-minute animated work consists of 10,000 hand-made woodcuts, telling stories about cosmology, philosophy of time, and personal history.

Audemars Piguet Art and Design Expo 2018

TimeSpy is a grand art work with the theme of time. With the help of 2D and 3D imaging technology, animated images are projected on a plane. The image contains 10,000 woodcut works, showing the animal and human Mixed images, quirky mobile installations and fantastic scenes, from scenes in outer space, to the artist’s memory of his hometown of China, and the perception of VallĂ©e de Joux, the birthplace of Audemars Piguet. This ten-minute animated film shows the artist Sun Xun’s contemplation of time, universe and personal history in a surreal way. TimeSpy was presented in Times Square, New York in July 2017, and is shown three minutes before midnight every day.

Sun Xun’s work ‘TimeSpy’

Artist Sun Xun’s expressionist style works combine ancient art heritage and cutting-edge innovative technology, combining meticulous production technology with experimental style. He is good at creating with various media such as sketch, painting, animation and installation art. He uses painting, woodcut, traditional Chinese ink painting, and charcoal to create expressive stop motion animation images. Realism style and mythological imagery create shocking audiovisual effects. His cross-border talent and experimental creative approach perfectly fit Audemars Piguet’s forward-thinking and technological pursuits.

Sun Xun, Artist of Audemars Piguet Art Creation Commission

Sun Xun’s video installation artwork ‘Reinventing the Universe’: Art Basel Miami 2016

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