RESPACE
Sep 27 - Oct 27, 2018

Press Release

Home Gallery Special project is the latest art experience project of the Whitebox Choice, curated by SUN Yongzeng, director of the Whitebox Art Center. The exhibition presents artworks from more than 30 contemporary artists and designers at home and abroad, discussing the space and the connection between an artwork and it’s space. In different medias such as painting, photography, sculpture, utensils and furniture, we can discover the spatial characteristics hidden behind them. As we are creating a piece of sculpture, it is not only the materials that matter, but the surrounding space of sculpture we focus on creating ; When we are designing a chair, we consider more the interior of a chair and the activities of people who exist around it than simply it’s structure and substantiality ; Even in painting and photography, two art forms existing in flat dimension, it usually contains the spatial composition of images and forms. Starting from the interior space of an artwork, reorganizing the new connection between artworks which share the similar spatial characteristics, arranging them as a spatial unit, we present different spatial units in a free and fluid way in Whitebox Art Gallery. The spatial concept in contemporary art is thus being discussed in a theatrical environment with a series of fluid spatial narration. 

In most cases, we are accustomed to judging and analyzing works of art from the dual dimensions, such as themes and styles, images and vision, global and local, content and form, ideas and techniques, etc. This standard is effective, as well as correct for a piece of individual and traditional easel art. However, when observing from the interior side of an artwork, and seeing it’s connection with other artworks or objects, we need to consider which factors restrict physical relationship or even visual psychology between them. From that, we can discover space as an ordinary yet significant existent of dimension. This can be inspired by the formal aesthetic value of installation art. Open spatial relationships become forms of perception from the vision to the body. In some installations or theatrical environment, the audience become a part of the artwork and the art becomes the media helping the audience communicate. When they leave, we may feel the meaning of an artwork incomplete. 

The works of this exhibition start from the spatial logic of vision to psychology. According to the characteristics of the works of participating artists and of Whitebox Art Center, we arrange eight spatial units, time space, physical space, spiritual space, ceremonial space, global culture and social landscape, natural space, wild performance and geometric space. The artworks are located in different units, theme by theme, which permits the audience to admire them in a touristic way. As a special project of Whitebox Choice and Home Gallery, the ReSpace specially adds concept furniture design and ancient artifacts to set out a hint of scale, that is, to explore the spatial concept of art on the scale of human living space. The theme of ReSpace also points to the presentation of these triple spaces : the interior space of the work itself, the connection space between works and the audience's overall space in different units.

Artist:

    Chen Wenling Deng Jianjin Gu Xiaoping Ji Zhou Li Kezheng Liu Xintao Li Xiangyang Li Yuduan Ma Shuqing Shao Fan Shi Jianmin Shi Dayu Shi Jinsong Song TaoSong Yonghong Sun Wentao Wang Shugang Wu Wei Xue Lei Yang Jingsong Yu Aijun Zhang Xudong、Zhang Zhoujie Zhong Sheng Masayuki Kurokawa(Japan) Kishio Suga(Japan) Lee Lee Nam(Korea) Santiago Yda?ez(Spain) Pep Girbent(Spain) José Fiol(Spain)

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