Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present an exclusive digital preview of Robin Rhode & Nari Ward: Power Wall. Our Online Viewing Room offers an enhanced digital companion to the exhibition at our Hong Kong location (April 3–May 16).
This marks the first presentation of Nari Ward’s work in Hong Kong and the first time Ward and Rhode’s works are being shown together. The exhibition highlights how Rhode and Ward uniquely engage with the wall through an accumulation of marks, producing large-scale works steeped in socio-political subtext. Both artists activate the wall as a physical space and as a surface for individual and cultural expression.
Both Rhode and Ward explore a rich range of historical and contemporary references and showcase an ability to blend so-called high and low art forms.
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'Ward is an accumulation artist: Wherever he goes—Rome, Athens, Vermont—he gathers resonant detritus and transforms it, sometimes with cargo-cult-like handmade effect, into something imbued with memory.'
— New York Magazine
'Viewed up close, [Ward’s shoelace works become] a mass of color, as if the skeins and drips of an action painting had taken shape in fabric form. Only from afar does it read as coherent text. Thus the artwork makes a physical demand on the viewer to shift positions in relation to it so that he or she may have a multivalent experience of the art object—first optically, as an abstract assemblage when standing near it, then linguistically, as a text work from a distance.'
— Naomi Beckwith, Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
'In all Rhode’s outdoor works, walls and the ground are never just a neutral background. They always contribute something of their own history, conditions, inherent structures, and colors. As such, they form an important part of the composition and can be a source of inspiration for the drawing: cracks in the finish, moss, dirty and not-so-dirty areas, uneven top and bottom edges to walls (broken bricks or irregular wooden beams in the roof above), holes in the ground, and here and there, the shadows of clotheslines or electric cables. All these are signs of the time or the light that temporarily join forces in Rhode’s drawings.'
— Stephanie Rosenthal, Director, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin