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K11 Art Foundation Presents Contemporary Art Exhibition ‘Emerald City’

10 Apr 2018

Since the birth of Euclid’s Elements, geometry has evolved into branches of knowledge that goes beyond mathematics and science to explain our spatial relations with the universe. In the 1980s and 1990s, a new wave of expansion in technology and trade accelerated international integration, ushering in the concept of ‘globalisation’ in cultural, economic, and academic discourses. Artists, at the same time, started to invent their own visual lexicons in re-conceptualising spatial interconnectedness; geometric elements were used in art as metaphors for social space, as exemplified by Neo-Geo Conceptualism in America, Rational Painting in China, and the art styles preceding the Superflat movement in Japan.

Emerald City examines the idea of translation within geometry and compares two important concepts in cultural translation—‘transparency’ and ‘opacity’—by bringing together an impressive array of works of contemporary art including paintings, videos, sculptures, and site-specific installations by artists from China and other parts of the world. Beginning with basic geometric concepts that represent spatial relations, such as dots and lines, ratio, and distance, the exhibition looks into the structures and meanings of the cosmos, land and sea, architectural environments, the human body, and other physical and abstract spaces to shed light on the stories of cultural coexistence amid globalisation. The world as we perceive is hardly symmetrical to the world as it is. In the literary classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, everyone in Emerald City is required to put on a pair of green-tinted spectacles intended for filtering out the brilliant radiance of the utopia. Our pursuit of universal knowledge through geometry nonetheless prevents us from seeing the things we want to know. Not only does the exhibition demonstrate how geometry shapes our conception of the world, it also inspires us to look at the world outside the confines of geometric thinking.

Participating Artists:
Ashley Bickerton, Dora Budor, Nina Canell, Oscar Chan Yik Long, Chen Zhou, Carl F. Cheng, Dumb Type, Peter Halley, Nik Kosmas, Ajay Kurian, Liu Chuang, Andrew Luk/ Alexis Mailles/ Peter Nelson, Mountain River Jump!, Oscar Murillo, Shen Xin, Keiichi Tanaami, THE PLAY, Ben Tong, Clarissa Tossin, Adrián Villar Rojas, Alice Wang, Doris Wong Wai Yin, Trevor Yeung, Zhang Enli, Zhang Ruyi, Zhou Siwei

Curator: Venus Lau (Artistic Director, K11 Art Foundation)

The exhibition is on view at two locations:

Date:     28.03.2018 – 22.04.2018
Time:    11am – 7pm
Venue:  K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, 33 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Date:     28.03.2018 – 31.05.2018
Time:    11am – 7pm
Venue:  chi art space, 18 Queen’s Road Central, New World Tower 2, Hong Kong

KAF Founder Adrian Cheng & KAF Artistic Director Venus Lau with MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach

Participating artists Clarissa Tossin and Oscar Chan Yik talked to Hong Kong-based curator Kyle Chun

Opening of Emerald City at K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Cosco Tower, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Installation view of Emerald City at K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Cosco Tower, Sheung Wan

Installation view of Emerald City at K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Cosco Tower, Sheung Wan

Keiichi Tanaami’s wooden sculptures at K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Cosco Tower, Sheung Wan

Alice Wang’s Untitled at K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Sheung Wan

Installation view of Emerald City at chi art space, Central

Liu Chuang’s Segmented Landscape at chi art space, Central

Mountain River Jump!’s video installation After Three Hundred Years at chi art space, Central

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