Objet a: SOLITUDE at West Bund Art and Design Fair

West Bund Art Centre, Shanghai

25 Sept - 25 Oct 2014

 

Co-organized by Shanghai West Bund Development Group Co., Ltd and the renowned artist Zhou Tiehai, the West Bund Art & Design Fair is the first of its type in China staging first-tier contemporary art and design. The first edition of West Bund Art & Design 2014 will break the routine by adopting an innovative “5+25” exhibition mode and brings the public a world-class visual feast in 30-day duration.

 

Sunnie is being invited to co-curate one of the 5 design exhibitions, titled "Solitude". Organised by a new Beijing-based design brand Objet a, the exhibiton explores solitude as a sentiment that transcends from the melacholy of citylife of the new generation of "middle class" in China. 

 

3 works by designers/ artists from Hong Kong were brought to the exhibition, proposing a cross-disciplinary approach of designing home products - how would a designer deal with the "readymades" and indigenous local crafts? And how would a conceptual artist see the "functionality" of design? 

 

[visit the Fair's official website for further details]

 

(english artist statement coming soon...)

 

 

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"Together" by MIRO, furniture, 2014
「獨處也是在一起。小團圓是相對大團圓。我們處於一個個體時代。我們是獨立個體,但跟其他生、死物是分不開的。小團圓是跟自己團聚,以物製造空間,減少干擾,讓外內有時間、空間走在一起。從小生大,從明白自己去明白世界。」
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"Blissful Solitude" by YY, lighting, 2014
「香港的密度剝奪了我們可以跟自己獨處的空間, 城市生活令大家也只能在手機尋找一點私人慰藉。是次作品借用英文俚語"blissful solitude"去回應我們對公共空間的一種期盼, 來尋求日常生活裡"獨處"的可能性。忠於鴛鴦一向對日常生活品的熱愛, 材料都是從山貨物店裡搜購- 嘗試從這類式微的民間店鋪衝擊新靈感。」
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"Into Everyday's Consciousness", by Solomon Yu + Thomas Yuen
object, installation & digital video, 2014
「當人不時需要有自我獨處,暫時與外間分隔,卻又同時面對著實的寂靜時,當中是怎樣調息,面對如此一種日常呢?最日常不過的家具、用品和電器等,因其功能性而與特定的環境和其中生活的人建立關係。物質和情感之間,如何獨處和自我調息?可有什麼東西,能協助人發掘家居生活中能夠充實那份孤寂的一些點子,令孤寂成為實用的生活環節呢?」