de Sarthe is pleased to announce a new site-specific performance and solo exhibition of celebrated French artist and sculptor Bernar Venet. One of today's most important conceptual artists, IN RELATION: PERFORMANCE / SCULPTURE / PAINTING marks the third Hong Kong exhibition for the artist, who first exhibited in Tsim Sha Tsui in 1995 and at the Hong Kong harbour in 2012.
IN RELATION: PERFORMANCE / SCULPTURE / PAINTING continues the artists' exploration of the dynamics between line and material, form and force, the rational and the organic. Venet will travel to Hong Kong and create site-specific works that capture all three titled mediums on the walls of the gallery. The artist's unique process utilises an installed metal bar covered in paint, the visual image is realised by the artists' gesture and movements as well as the particular attributes of the material, the angle of the bar and the fluidity of the paint.
Venet's artistic career rose to prominence in the 1960s after he moved to New York and began experimenting with the tenets of Minimalism, he is best known for his experimental approach to media and his strong emphasis on process over outcome. Venet's work is highly innovative, often based on mathematical models, and using industrial materials such as coal, metal, layers of tar on cardboard and large-scale steel installations. The artist will travel to Hong Kong to create new works in the gallery across the days of 25 and 26 March, with the resultant exhibition continuing until 18 May 2019.
IN RELATION: PERFORMANCE / SCULPTURE / PAINTING will be the artist's third exhibition in Hong Kong, and follows an exhibition at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in 1995, and a display of seven monumental sculptures presented in collaboration with de Sarthe at the Hong Kong bay, in 2012.
Speaking about the evolving trajectory of his practice and returning to Hong Kong, Bernar Venet said: "Returning to Hong Kong in such a great context - at the time of the most prestigious Art Fair in Asia - is a unique opportunity for an artist to present a group of works mainly unknown to a large public. More specifically, I will present works at de Sarthe that simultaneously involve the mediums of Performance, Sculpture and Painting."
IN RELATION: PERFORMANCE / SCULPTURE / PAINTING examines and redefines the relationships between performance, sculpture and painting, each work presented at the exhibition will be created on site at a series of special performances in the de Sarthe Gallery on 25 and 26 March 2019.
Press release courtesy de Sarthe.