|Date:||02.09.2017 – 13.10.2017|
|Time:||10am – 6pm|
|Venue:||chi art space, 663 Clear Water Bay Road, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong|
|Artists:||Shane Aspegren, Neïl Beloufa, Cai Kai, Enoch Cheng, Ian Cheng, Cheuk Wing Nam, Vvzela Kook, Andrew Luk, Samuel Adam Swope|
The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) is proud to present The Garden, a group exhibition curated by Enoch Cheng. The Garden encompasses installations and performances by nine artists – new commissioned works by six Hong Kong-based artists, including Shane Aspegren, Enoch Cheng, Cheuk Wing Nam, Vvzela Kook, Andrew Luk and Samuel Adam Swope, and other works by Neïl Beloufa, Cai Kai and Ian Cheng.
The modern garden is a place where we try to re-create and examine nature. We create glasshouses to host nature under controlled conditions, so that we can appreciate it in a relatively frozen time. An exhibition in a gallery concerns a similar modality – the viewer can see artworks in a specific environment, as if time stands still. However, the nature ‘out there’ consists of what the man-made, ordered ‘nature’ in a garden cannot encompass. Contingencies, such as air movements, temperature changes and our physical sensations, are what constitute the real energy that infuses life in nature. But perhaps, it is through a garden that we can see nature as much as our very own nature. Likewise, in a gallery, we can perhaps come close to art as much as we come close to ourselves.
The Garden is an exhibition like a garden in a glasshouse, but without plants. It is a garden not remembered in time; it is nature beyond the harmony of greenery; it is a glasshouse that celebrates motions in the environment. With installations and other time-based media of art made up of, for instance, sound, video, performance, and sculptures, this exhibition invites audience to observe a space that is constantly undergoing changes. By experiencing artworks created with different artistic visions and inspired by various characteristics of nature in all its liveliness, visitors linger in a ‘garden’ where they can temporarily forget about the secular world – they return to a space where they can spend time with a nature that they want to discover.