At Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, Pilar Corrias will show a continuing commitment to bringing new works by established artists Philippe Parreno and Shahzia Sikander to the Asian Market, along with showing London based artists Charles Avery and Koo Jeong A, and painters Tala Madani, Elizabeth Neel, and Sabine Moritz.
Shahzia Sikander (b. Pakistan, 1969. Lives and works in New York) is an artist who engages with historical tradition and contemporary visual motifs that repeat and reinvent themselves across media. Known for her embrace of miniaturist painting in Indo-Persian style, she interweaves references to the past alongside the notions of identity and memory as being fluid and unfixed.
Philippe Parreno (b. Algeria, 1964. Lives and works in Paris) creates works that question the boundaries between reality and fiction, exploring the nebulous realm in which the real and the imagined blur and combine. Throughout his practice, Parreno has fundamentally redefined the exhibition experience by exploring its possibilities as a coherent “object” and a medium in its own right rather than as a collection of individual works. To this end, he conceives his shows as a scripted space where a series of events unfolds
Charles Avery (b. Scotland, 1974. Lives and works in London) has devoted his practice to the description of a fictional Island which he continues to elaborate, with its own population, customs and cosmology, nature and architecture, expressed in the form of large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations, texts and moving images.
Koo Jeong A (b. South Korea, 1967. Lives and works in London) is known for her minimal and poetic installations, Koo makes works that are seemingly casual, yet at the same time remarkably precise, deliberate, and considered.
Tala Madani (b. Tehran, 1981. Lives and works in Los Angeles) constructs characters in her paintings, distinctively middle-aged men, that do not self-censor their behaviour and their actions jostle with conventional distinctions of what is socially and publicly acceptable. Through her fleshy and intimate mark making Madani presents us with a condensed, and yet darkly comic, read of the obstructions and promises of power, exchange, and influence.
Elizabeth Neel (b. United States, 1975. Lives and works in New York) builds visual studies in controlled chaos, her paintings display Neel’s continued interest in the theme of the psychological undercurrent and friction between the individual and the “landscape”, be it natural, urban, ideological or emotional.
Sabine Moritz (b. Germany, 1969. Lives and works in Cologne) typically works in series. Moritz’s paintings and drawings call on subjective observations that reverberate to wider concerns of cultural recollection and displacement, as well as the formation of and our relationship to memory. Moritz’s work heightens our awareness of memory as a dynamic process—where elements constantly shift or are reframed, where there can be no definitive recollection of the past. Moritz returns to particular scenes or individual motifs, painting or drawing it afresh (sometimes with years between); it is the re-interpretations and slight variations of her images that convey the transience of memory.