The Infinite Gyre, curated by Tansy Xiao – on display March 3-9 as part of this year’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show NYC

Posted by on Feb 22, 2020 in Alumni News, Events, Exhibitions, VCS Alumni | No Comments

This yea’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show will include the the two person exhibition The Infinite Gyre, curated by 2017 VCS alumna Tansy Xiao. The Infinite Gyre features work by artists Michael A. Robinson and Sizhu Li, and will be on display from March 3rd through March 9th in the former Ralph Lauren building at 625 madison Avenue in Manhattan.

The following description and images are from the show’s press release, which Tansy sent along so that I could share it with the VCS community:


SPRING/BREAK Art Show NYC Presents:

Michael A. Robinson & Sizhu Li
Curated by Tansy Xiao
March 3 – March 9, 2020

Collectors & Press Preview: March 3, 11 am -5 pm
VIP Opening Night: March 3, 5 pm -9 pm
Regular Show Days: March 4 – March 9
Location: 625 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

For press and sales inquiries, please contact: Tansy Xiao,
For tickets and more information, please visit

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

—W. B. Yeats, The Second Coming

Believing in the gyre theory, the recurring and repeating process of perpetual chaos in human history, W. B. Yeats predicted the tumultuous 20th century, as well the decentralization in post-modernity. In a world where all the giants collapsed and all the sacred are profaned, the center of power has been deconstructed and redefined. Our generation has been challenged with the overwhelming amount of new idols, yet we worship them in the same old way that we inherited from everything that we intended to overthrow: withdrawing from all exits, creating niches to be trapped in, in the hope of seizing the fragmental sense of security in the roaring, protean hurricane of flourishing unpredictability.

The Infinite Gyre is a dual exhibition featuring the installations of two international artists Michael A. Robinson and Sizhu Li. Both of their works delineate an idyllic machine-dominated wonderland with no trace of humanity, which could be interpreted as either post-apocalypse or that humankind had evolved into more immaterial forms thus evaporated from the land that we currently inhabit. In Robinson’s The Origin of Ideas, numerous found lamps are assembled to illuminate a center of absence, where no object of worship or attention exists. As for Li’s What Is WATT, a nihilistic view of labor is suggested to the spectator via the mere display of Sisyphean efforts with no clear goal to their functionality. The hustle and bustle of human activities, in the making and destroying of new goods and new gods, as Shakespeare abstracted through the obscure soliloquy of Macbeth’s, is “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.

In the agenda-setting theory developed by Max McCombs and Donald Shaw last century, the press and the media do not reflect reality; they filter and shape it. In today’s world where the center no longer holds, in the illusion of free will and trillions of flourishing options, we’re still browsing the systematically selected information facilitated by algorithms and the longing for a sense of belonging with a manipulated eye. The viewers at the show, as passers-by or settlers of this metropolis, are invited to observe the model of a post-industrial society built upon yet isolated from anthropic impacts, and in their own ways, through the non-participatory interaction with the works, to interrogate the absurd nature of what’s being seen.

Visual & Critical Studies