Infinitive Mutability will include two sculptures from the Gorgo series and On Holdseries. Both works, very different in scale, have been realised through decisively removing objects from their own original context, retracting them from original shape and meaning and thus opening them up to a multiplicity of meaning.
The Korean multidisciplinary conceptual artist Kimsooja (1957) will present two early pieces Deductive object (1997) and Bottari (1998). The selected works show the centrality of textile in the artist’s practice and methodology. Kimsooja investigates questions relating to the human condition such as nomadism, migration, and interpersonal relationships.
Bosco Sodi (1970) is presenting a series of paintings and a sculpture trace of his MURO, installed earlier this year in the Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Antwerp. MURO represents Sodi’s first public art intervention, conceived in 2017, for the Washington Square Park sculpture project and performance. In this work, 1600 clay bricks, handcrafted by Oaxacan craftsmen, form a wall intended to continually be transformed through the public’s interactions. The artist considers that “a wall can never be eternal” and that all physical and cultural barriers can always be reconfigured through the community’s action and will. In his paintings, Sodi develops the depths of bare pigment, the magma that it represents when projected onto a canvas. The mutability for Sodi represents the impossibility for the artist to define and control the constant alteration of the material used for his canvasses.
The second floor of the new gallery space is conceived as a large and convivial cabinet where works from different artists from the Axel Vervoordt Gallery can be exhibited in a cyclical turnover. In particular, during the opening, master works from the Gutai and Dansaekhwa movement will be housed in dialogue with works from the Zero Group and Contemporary artists, such as El Anatsui, Kazuo Shiraga, Tsuyoshi Maekawa and Shozo Shimamoto, to name a few.
“This is an exciting moment for the Axel Vervoordt Gallery. We have evolved strongly over the last five years and made important statements with our curated exhibitions along with the publications of our artist’s monographs. We aim to put the same energy in to our exhibitions in Hong Kong as we continue to do in Antwerp, and with the expanded space look to further develop our work as a gallery and mark our presence on the international art scene. We will continue to explore the artistic dialogue between East and West which is so central to the ethos of our organisation,” says Boris Vervoordt, Director Axel Vervoordt Gallery.