DISPLAY

Nadim Abbas, 梁海逸, 王浩然

Feb 28 – Apr 20, 2008

DIS PLAY features three Hong Kong artists, challenging the relation of sculpture and display.

Ever since Constantin Brancusi produced his sculptures with fitted bases, the pe destal has become an integrated part of an artwork. The division between pedestal and artwork ceased to have a clear definition and like in a painting or a picture, the picture carrier and the frame has to be seen as one entity.

Contemporary sculpture poses important questions such as, what is an actual sculpture, where does display start and where does the artwork end? Can a display, function as a frame for a picture and become part of an artwork or is it an independent work that should be removed from the artwork itself? The beauty of sculpture can have ambiguous answers and DIS PLAY will present three Hong Kong artists that use sculpture in very different ways to ask questions about the very essence of the medium and the role of presentation and representation. Each artist tackles the differences and commonness of work and display in their diverse artistic practices.

Para Site Art Space has always been a place to provide space and support for art forms that are hard to be accommodated by other exhibition venues. In thinking about contemporary art forms, one may have the immediate association with video and multi-media, with hardly any attention or exhibition spaces for larger sculpture in Hong Kong. Paintings and other two-dimensional art forms are presented predominantly in art spaces and galleries, leaving the only possibility for sculptures to exist is through a compromising manner in shopping malls and a hand-full of public spaces. For younger artists, the production and storage of large-scale sculpture is problematic as space and demand is extremely limited.