Hong Kong–Pace is pleased to present Chewing Gum VI, the latest presentation in a series of group exhibitions highlighting the gallery's international program, at its Hong Kong location. On view from August 4 to September 7, Chewing Gum VI will bring together works by Yto Barrada, Mary Corse, Robert Irwin, Mao Yan, Robert Rauschenberg, Li Songsong, Lee Ufan, Brent Wadden, Xiao Yu, and Zhang Xiaogang. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held at the gallery on August 3 from 6–8 p.m.
The Chewing Gum exhibition series, which was first presented at Pace's Hong Kong gallery in 2015, explores the ways that globalization can dispel and dissolve cultural differences, proposing new interpretations and connections among various artists' practices. The upcoming edition of Chewing Gum, the sixth iteration of the show, will present dialogues among paintings, sculptures, and photographs created between the early 2000s and present day.
Among the works included in Chewing Gum VI is Lee Ufan's sculptural installation Relatum - play of primitive (2015), which examines the relationship between objects and space. A painting by Mary Corse and a sculpture by Robert Irwin—two artists who make use of light as both a material and subject in their work—will be situated in conversation with one another and with Lee's installation. Corse created Untitled (DNA Series)(2017), which features vertical black and white bands, with acrylic paint and glass microspheres that reflect and refract light. In Irwin's 2012 sculpture Apple Honey #1, glass tubes are covered in layers of opulently colored translucent gels, allowing the reflective surfaces of unlit glass and anodized aluminum to interact with ambient illumination in the surrounding space—these interactions produce shifting patterns of shadow and chromatic tonality. Together, these three artworks speak to the elasticity of phenomenology and perception.
A work on paper by Zhang Xiaogang, who is known for his figurative paintings and sculptures that engage with memory to explore both personal and collective histories, will also figure in the exhibition. In Zhang's Black Stone (2014), a figure drifts across the picture plane, floating within undefined space and exuding a sense of isolation and alienation. Meanwhile, Mao Yan's 2013 painting Oval Portrait: Andrew eschews markers of cultural and temporal significance. Rather, the portrait is imbued with spiritual and psychological complexity that encourages introspection and meditation. Li Songsong's idiosyncratic work on paper Which Animal Do You Like Best? (2013) will be in conversation with these works as well as Xiao Yu's wall-mounted bronze sculpture BB (2019), which invites contemplation of the human condition and the ecology of the art world.
Highlights in Chewing Gum VI will also include Robert Rauschenberg's painting Page 19, Paragraph 5 (Short Stories) (2001); a handwoven painting created by Brent Wadden in 2022; and a set of Yto Barrada's chromogenic prints, Untitled (felt circus flooring, Tangier) (2013–15). The patchworks of images, colors, and materials in these works collide in unexpected ways in the exhibition.
Press release courtesy Pace Gallery.