Lisson Gallery

Current exhibitions

Julian Opie
New York, 1 March – 20 April
Antonio Caldera: The Double
New York, 1 March – 20 April
Spencer Finch: No Ordinary Blue
London, 15 March – 4 May
Channa Horwitz: Rules of the Game
London, 15 March – 4 May
Love is Metaphysical Gravity
Shanghai, 22 March – 18 May
Sean Scully: PAN
New York, 30 April – 8 June



Liu Xiaodong's painting machine: Weight of Insomnia

Since 2015, Liu has been working on this series, collectively entitled ‘Weight of Insomnia’ to create 21st-century landscape paintings using robotic arms and surveillance cameras. Taking a live feed, streaming data and imagery from iconic international locations, Liu has created a painting machine to process these rolling image feeds and transcribe the ever-changing flow of people into a complex network of abstract marks on canvas – resulting in a machine-manufactured painting. For his most recent exhibition with Lisson Gallery, streaming data and imagery from a London location above Trafalgar Square was turned into a new work.

Far from a jerky, machinic gesture, Liu sought a painterly sensibility in his digital proxy, which he described as “a silent old painter…very thorough about details and with unflagging patience, repeatedly drawing a scene...too diligent to rest, to know when to end, until he transforms this figurative picture into something abstract.” Watch Liu discussing this body of work in a new film by HENI talks.

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