Group exhibition The uncertain, or the shelved...... will be showcased in ShanghART Gallery both Main and H Space on 16th July. The diversified perspectives have been finalised after sourcing through numerous artists’ studios. Ranging from paintings, installations, sculptures, manuscripts, multimedia etc. will be exhibited. The exhibition will be on view through 31st August.
The uncertain, or the shelved...... “The uncertain” is the hesitation, exploration or experimentation of the concept, thoughts, creativity etc. in the extent of thinking logic; “the shelved” is the statement of behaviour positioned in pause, reserve, lingering etc.. This exhibition aims at revealing those works or ideas initiated due to momentary inspiration but temporarily/permanently halted because of self-struggling with distracted clues or directions. The mysterious circumstances how works are conceived and why they’re suspended have become a flowing riddle between artists and audiences. Not only does the exhibition challenge the viewers’ cognition by presenting the seemingly divergent creation clues which enriches the possibilities of artists creative contexts, but also reflects the extended association which is hidden beneath the differentiated creation practice.
“The unfinished is an interesting beginning or a recurrent idea after repetitious recording then forgetting it.”
“I’ve always liked woodcarving, but never followed through... One day sculpting out the rough shape but was difficult in further detailing it, I helplessly left it there...around 2012, had several attempts in carving it again but still ended in a meltdown...now, just look back again, it appears more perfectly after shifting through time, and has become my cherished object.”
“Problems like many traditional craftsmen in churches or temples might confront, how to create an intangible spirit by deploying tangible materials. I wanted to exercise some tactile painting sometimes, I’m sensitive about the surface texture of paintings, therefore, processed several experiments violently on some most simple materials. ”
(Above narratives excerpted from Artists’ oral memory)
Art works included in this exhibition are drifting from artists’ dominant direction, which will be parallel presented in both spaces. The Main space is focused on artists manuscripts and multimedia rendering animation whereas works in H space are installed anonymously in order to allow public to immerse in the non-empirical scenario. More than twenty to thirty artists are involved in this exhibition, which will be comprehensively delivered with artists’ narrative texts, video, animation etc. novelty and interactive presentations.
Press release courtesy ShanghART.