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James Welling: Metamorphosis 詹姆斯·威靈:變形記

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Opening / Event Date:
1 April, 2021
Time:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
8 May, 2021
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Website:
https://www.davidzwirner.com/exhibitions/2021/james-welling-metamorphosis

David Zwirner is pleased to present work by American photographer James Welling (b. 1951), on view across two floors of the gallery’s Hong Kong location—the first solo presentation of the artist’s work in greater China. The exhibition will provide an overview of Welling’s career, spanning from the 1980s to the present, and will highlight the persistent tension in his photographs between abstraction and figuration, as well as his decades-long investigation of color phenomena. Viewed together, his body of work acts as a dynamic archive that reconsiders the history and technical capacity of the photographic medium.

Since the early 1970s, when he was a student at the California Institute of the Arts, Welling has fashioned an evolving body of work that considers both the history and material specificities of photography. Emerging at a time when photography focused on its capacity for mimesis, Welling’s work signaled a break with traditional ideas of the medium by shifting attention to the construction of images themselves.

While the artist produces discrete series whose subject matter ranges widely, his work is united by an examination of what might be termed “states of being” produced by photographically derived images and how such states are, in turn, read by the viewer.

On view in the exhibition will be photographs from Aluminum Foil (1980–1981), Flowers (2004–2017), Glass House (2006–2010), Chemical (2010–), Choreograph (2014–2020), Bodies (2018–), and Cento (2019–).

卓納畫廊將於香港空間欣然呈現美國攝影藝術家詹姆斯·威靈(James Welling,b. 1951)的個展《變形記》,這也是藝術家在大中華地區的首次個展。展覽縱觀威靈自1980年代以來的創作生涯,突出他的攝影在抽象和具態之間的持久張力,以及他對色彩數十年來的深入探索。整體來看,他的創作項目如同一則動態的檔案,重新思考著攝影媒介的歷史和攝影技術的可能。

1970年代早期,威靈在加州藝術學院求學。自那時起,他便以自己不斷演進發展的影像系統日漸廣為人知。他的作品深入探究了攝影的歷史與技術特性。攝影媒介一度以模仿現實為重心,而威靈的作品則突破了傳統的攝影觀念,更側重於圖像自身的構建。藝術家的創作系列看似鬆散,主題涉獵廣泛,但貫穿始終的是藝術家對攝影圖像之“存在狀態”的檢視,以及對觀者如何反觀這些“狀態”的思考。

是次展覽涵蓋了藝術家多個系列的攝影作品,包括《鋁箔》(Aluminum Foil,1980-1981);《花》(Flowers,2004-2017);《玻璃屋》(Glass House,2006-2010); 《化學製劑》(Chemical,2010-);《編舞》(Choreograph,2014-2020);《身體》(Bodies,2018-)以及《集句詩》(Centos,2019-)。

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