Duration: 2022/06 - 2022/08
Location: ShanghART Beijing, 261 Caochangdi, Airport Side Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Notice: The exhibition consists of online and offline sections. The actual exhibtion is open by appointment only. Please write to email@example.com or call +86 10 64323202 at least one working day in advance. For further opening hours please follow us on WeChat and check the gallery website. Explore our online viewing room on JINGART PLATFORM via https://www.jingart.com.cn/platform/xianggenahualang, on view from 30 June to 30 July 2022.
“Time forks perpetually toward innumerable futures.” In The Garden of Forking Paths, Borges describes a labyrinth made up of the contingencies of time, space and fate. Here it also seems to question, what is above all this? Maybe the imagination of artworks provides some kind of option from a particular point of view.
In Chinese, the word “path” carries a whiff of “method”, which seemingly adds a certain sense of “inevitability” to the “contingencies of fate”, and gives the “future” a splash of “light” and “hope”. This alternative path can be a way of coping with the present, while encouraging the exhibition itself to develop in a freer, more unrestricted manner.
ShanghART Beijing's second exhibition in 2022, “Path”, will open at the end of June without a fixed duration, as the presentation and works are free to grow over the subsequent period. The physical space of ShanghART Beijing also connects to JINGART PLATFORM, while the virtual viewing room is complementary to the actual exhibition. Here, we would like to borrow a paragraph from the introduction of Geng Jianyi's work “Ten Days in Vancouver” featured in the exhibition: It is a playful piece of the darkroom, where the “beginning” and “end” of the work correspond to a round-trip air ticket from Shanghai to Vancouver. According to the schedule, the artist prepared ten pieces of specially processed photographic paper in the darkroom, which were sealed in a dark bag and carried with him. Geng opened one on the first day of arrival and later the next until departure, finally rendering a line of progressive colours due to the difference in exposure times. It's all about trying something new.