Weather’s always changing, for a limited time (2017)
water, dehumidifiers, aquarium, tea, Medusomyces gisevii, insect electrocutors, automatic scent dispenser, artificial plant, looped sound collages (11 min 43 sec & 4 min 19 sec), speakers, cables, media players, electrical components
Installation photos courtesy: K11 Art Foundation
Installation View (Level Two)
Installation View (Level One)
"The modern garden is a place where we try to re-create and examine nature. We build glasshouses to host nature under controlled conditions so that we can appreciate it in a relatively frozen time. An exhibition in a gallery concerns a similar modality – the viewer peruses artworks in a specific environment, as if time stands still. However, the nature ‘out there’ consists of what the ‘nature’ sealed in a man-made garden cannot encompass. Variables such as air movements, temperature changes, and our physical sensations constitute the real energy that infuses life in nature. But perhaps, it is through a garden that we can see nature as much as our very own nature. Likewise, in a gallery, we can perhaps come close to art as much as we come close to ourselves.
The Garden is an exhibition like a garden in a glasshouse, but without plants. It is a garden not remembered in time; it is nature beyond the harmony of greenery; it is a glasshouse that celebrates motions in the environment. Curated by Enoch Cheng, who is both a curator and an artist, this exhibition includes artworks commissioned by the K11 Art Foundation. New works are produced by Cheng and five other Hong Kong-based artists including Shane Aspegren, Cheuk Wing Nam, Vvzela Kook, Andrew Luk, and Samuel Adam Swope. At the exhibition space, one also finds recent works by three other participating artists: Neïl Beloufa, Cai Kai, and Ian Cheng. Taking their inspirations from various aspects of nature in all its liveliness, all the artworks – installations and time-based media of art made up of, for instance, sound, video, sculpture, and performance – stimulate your senses and invite you to observe a space that is constantly changing. Strolling around the garden, you can temporarily forget about the secular world – you return to a space where you can spend time with a nature waiting to be discovered."
-Statement from the curator