“ILLUMINATED”: A MARRIAGE OF ARTISTIC CREATION AND CURATORIAL PRACTICE

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“Illuminated,” curated by artist Guo Hongwei, is the fifth exhibition held at his nonprofit Gland Space. The exhibition, born of the artist’s personal creative experience, embodies the eclectic accumulation of his work as it has evolved over time. This rich, inclusive presentation has a strength of vision that surpasses the effects of his solo work, but his art and curating are inextricably entwined—one cannot compare different forms of practice on the basis of emotional impressions.

Installation view, 2015

Installation view, 2015

In recent work, Guo has brought attention to the conditions of the gallery space itself, and what it contributes to the viewer’s experience. This is evident in his focus on the physical element of light. An object becomes a work of art not because it inherently possesses certain characteristics, but rather because the artist mobilizes the audience to feel and experience it as such. Light, as a material that alters experience, enters Guo’s inquiry here. In recent paintings he places equal importance on light and color, considering how to more effectively use and intervene with this element. According to the actual volume and material of the object he is working with, he paints coat after coat of varnish to increase the volume of the corresponding image; then, when the exhibition is installed, he personally adjusts the lights in the space. Guo sees the physical conditions that influence the audience’s experience of a painting as his material just as much as anything else.

Installation view, 2015

Installation view, 2015

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