Tong Kunniao's exhibit has been recommended by LA Times and LA Weekly
LA Times by Carolina Miranda on Sep. 9, 2016
Tong Kunniao, “Why Don’t You Eat Stinky Tofu?” at Nicodim Gallery. The Chinese-born artist features messy assemblages and kinetic sculptures crafted from detritus that includes Barbie dolls and religious souvenirs. Opens today at 6 p.m. and runs through Oct. 15. 571 S. Anderson St., Suite 2, Boyle Heights, nicodimgallery.com.
LA Weekly by Katherine Wagley on Sep. 28, 2016
Barbie dolls dangle from the complicated, haphazardly mechanical sculptures in artist Tong Kunniao’s show at Nicodim Gallery, “Why Don’t You Eat Stinky Tofu?” Kunniao grew up in Changsha in China’s Hunan province, famous for its stinky tofu, though the impudent sound of the title is more important to the show’s content than tofu itself. Kunniao worked onsite, assembling his odd sculptural attractions from junk he acquired in L.A. Skeletons make repeat appearances. So do American flags. Sculptural contraptions look like the work of a mad inventor, who’s obsessed with the process and bored by functional results. 571 S Anderson St., Suite 2, downtown; through Oct. 15. (323) 262-0260, nicodimgallery.com.
Nicodim Gallery is featured in RandianMay 28, 2016
Perhaps the most under-the-radar gallery and the best kept secret for collectors and curators in Los Angeles, Nicodim Gallery has been a tastemaker and trendsetter for a decade. Many Los Angeles collectors bought their first pieces by young emerging artists here. Trained as an artist in his native Romania, Mr. Nicodim has carved out a singular niche devoted to discovering and cultivating promising artists from North America, Europe, and China, including Adrian Ghenie, Ciprian Muresan, Przemek Pyszczek, Daniel Pitin, Jack Lavender, Zhou Yilun and Lü Song. 26-year-old Chinese artist Tong Kunniao will make his Los Angeles debut with wild sculptural machines and kinetic objects in the fall of 2016.
也许这是洛杉矶最避人耳目的一家画廊，也是藏家和策展人最为隐秘的宝藏。Nicodim画廊在过去的十年中，不但创造了风尚，也引领着潮流。许多洛杉矶藏家藏家都是从这里购得他们的首件新晋艺术家作品的。Nicodim在家乡罗马尼亚是一名职业艺术家，随后他开创了这个独特的，专注于发掘和培养来自北美、欧洲和中国的新兴艺术人才，其中包括Adrian Ghenie, Ciprian Muresan, Przemek Pyszczek, Daniel Pitin, Jack Lavender, 周轶伦，廖国核和吕松。二十六岁的中国艺术家童昆鸟将在2016年秋季带来他的洛城首秀，其中包括疯狂的机械雕塑和动力装置。
Omul Negru is featured in LA TimesAugust 11, 2016
“Omul Negru,” at Nicodim. A summer group show stocked with a mind-bending assortment of artists — Mike Kelley, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sheree Rose, Sterling Ruby, Richard Serra and many others — takes on the idea of the boogeyman (that’d be the “omul negru” of the title). Sounds like the perfect exhibition for Election 2016. Through Aug. 20. 571 S. Anderson St., Suite 2, Boyle Heights, nicodimgallery.com.