“Balance Sheets” at Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
Duncan Campbell, Lia Forslund & Franek Wardynski, Ximena Garrido Lecca, Han lshu, Toril Johannessen, Gabriel Kuri, Joao Vasco Paiva, Heidi Voet, Hannes Zebedin
“Balance Sheets” is an international group show that draws out relationships between ideas of balance in aesthetics, economics and ecological thinking.
Taking its title from accountancy, “Balance Sheets” takes looks at how we measure value between different fields “on paper”. In finance the balance sheet has a sort of virtual aesthetics, a “correct” and stable form of representation where business income and expenditure of resources are presented as equal—even if this includes a surplus or profit. This notion of balance is equally a vital element in formal and traditional artistic composition. Its value has been displaced from visual perfection of the golden section in painting, or the contra-posto in sculpture, and now resides in a conceptual realm—a move that is traced through modernist abstraction, minimalist and conceptual practices. While this history rejects composition in form, there remains a sense of balance between visuality and artistic process and materials.
The artists proposed move between these areas of material production and intellectual or conceptual work. Their works on paper move between the representational value of the materials – paper money, business reports. or charts—to emphasise these process of exchange of values between language and representation—that is working drawings or sculptural work related to the themes. This further reflects on another notion of balance that is in common currency—that of “precarity”.
Curated by Kit Hammonds
until 18 July 2015
“Balance Sheets” installation views at Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, 2015
Courtesy: Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong.