Artist(s): Jesper Just
Opening / Event Date: 1 September, 2017
Closing / End Date: 11 November, 2017
This September, Pace Hong Kong will present Hong Hao’s latest solo exhibition. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery after “Reflection”, held in 2015. This exhibition will present the artist’s latest works from 2016 and 2017, which can be seen as an important thread marking the artist’s future developmental trajectory. The opening reception and preview will be open to the public on September 7 from 6:00–8:00pm.
Hong Hao’s artistic creations focus on the conflicts and resonance between the overarching order of the world and the everyday life of the individual, and engage in a graphical deconstruction of social systems in order to observe, establish and finally conceal the artist’s self-awareness. As an important figure in the development of Chinese contemporary art, Hong Hao’s works have shown keen observation and artistic intuition since the 1990s. Whether it is the veiled satire of regional politics in such fabricated documents as his “New World Maps” or the direct provocation of the famous “Kassel invitation letter” incident, Hong Hao’s art has eloquently laid bare the subtle psychology of the post-Cold War world and China’s position in it. In the new 2016 series “Edged—World”, the map, that trademark element from Hong Hao’s early works, has once again returned to the artist’s creative palette. This return inevitably evokes parallels to the serious challenges faced by globalization and regional unification in 2016, but the artist seems to have no intention of clearly referencing this. These new works continue along the path of increasingly pure aesthetic thinking stretching back to the 2013 series Reciprocating, removing and muting the essential nature of things to reference their “form”. What emerges between the substance and emptiness is the very self-awareness he strives to conceal. This extension of self-awareness forms a self-modulating symbiosis between Hong Hao’s artworks and his perception of social systems—it is precisely through this ceaseless dismantlement and reconstruction of systems that Hong Hao has been able to maintain awareness and deep perception of the changes in the world over the decades.