ISBN : 978-988-77281-0-8
Publisher : Osage Art Foundation
Date Published : December 2017
Author : Harald Kraemer, Janine Stoll, Charles Merewether
Editor : Agnes Lin
Designer : Jun Cambel for Osage Design
Curator : Harald Kraemer, Janine Stoll, Charles Merewether
Artist/s: : Zilla Leutenegger, Matthias Liechti, Beat Feller, Boris Rebetez,
Judith Fegerl, Nadim Abbas, Au Hoi Lam, Sarah Lai, Kingsley Ng, Lee Kit
This publication was published as the catalogue to the exhibition, Interval In Space held at Osage Hong Kong from 15 December 2017 to 28 January 2018.
This exhibition comprised the work of Hong Kong artists Au Hoi Lam, Nadim Abbas, Sarah Lai, Kingsley Ng and Lee Kit alongside work by Beat Feller, Zilla Leutenegger, Matthias Liechti, Boris Rebetez and Judith Fegerl.
Co-Curator Charles Merewether says “The collaborative exhibition ‘Interval in Space’ reminds us of the question of globalization and the local in characterizing contemporary culture. As such, the exhibition shows us that while there are common traits that inform all modern and contemporary artistic practice, there are also significant differences. No more so are these differences evident than in placing Asian and European artists together, in this case Hong Kong and Swiss artists. Together the five Hong Kong artists show in different ways how the social sphere appears as the subject of their practice.”
Co-Curator Harald Kraemer describes these differences as follows: “The Hong Kong artists explore objects in space but often beginning with the domestic, the mundane and everyday. This is the point of departure. Recreating a living room, a bathroom or just a bed or a table their installations generate new narratives. Defined once as ‘social sculpture’, their installations fuse spatial design, paintings, everyday objects, sound to invoke the question of place and memory of the personal. They are immersive environments, often times creating a precarious relationship with reality, destablising a viewer’s perception of space, creating a precarious relationship with reality. In certain cases the work might playfully engage with kitsch or create a sense of estrangement with the familiar or to the contrary, forming quiet moments that escape the purview of the everyday, evoking calm and tranquility. The engagement of art with ordinary objects brings a poetry to the mundane, heightening the viewer’s sense of everyday life. Such practice belongs to a long tradition of engagement with everyday life but there in a new dimension to this contemporary manifestation.