Date:02.09.2017 – 13.10.2017
Time:10am – 6pm
Venue:chi art space, 663 Clear Water Bay Road, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong

The modern garden is a place where we try to re-create and examine nature. We build 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 peruses artworks in a specific environment, as if time stands still. However, the nature ‘out there’ consists of what the ‘nature’ sealed in a man-made garden cannot encompass. Variables such as air movements, temperature changes, and our physical sensations 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. Curated by Enoch Cheng, who is both a curator and an artist, this exhibition includes artworks commissioned by the K11 Art Foundation. New works are produced by Cheng and five other Hong Kong-based artists including Shane Aspegren, Cheuk Wing Nam, Vvzela Kook, Andrew Luk, and Samuel Adam Swope. At the exhibition space, one also finds recent works by three other participating artists: Neïl Beloufa, Cai Kai, and Ian Cheng. Taking their inspirations from various aspects of nature in all its liveliness, all the artworks – installations and time-based media of art made up of, for instance, sound, video, sculpture, and performance – stimulate your senses and invite you to observe a space that is constantly changing. Strolling around the garden, you can temporarily forget about the secular world – you return to a space where you can spend time with a nature waiting to be discovered.

Opening reception:
01.09.2017 (6–8pm)

From Hang Hau MTR Station: minibus no.11, 11M, or 101M; From Choi Hung MTR Station: minibus no.11

Shuttle bus service on the date of opening reception:
Free shuttle service for exhibition visitors is available. Pickup point: Hang Hau MTR Station Exit A1; Departure time: 5:40pm, 6:10pm, 6:40pm, 7:10pm