Peter Nelson Solo Project:
January- February 2015
HanArt TZ Gallery, Room 407, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central, Hong Kong
Artists: Peter Nelson, Hsu Yu-Jen, Leung Kui Ting and MAP Office
Peter Nelson was been invited by curator Johnson Chang to present a solo exhibition of his work at HanArt TZ Gallery, Hong Kong. In addition, Chang invited Nelson to curate the work of three other artists into this exhibition. Opening on January 28th, 2015, ‘Grids and Stones’ will present works by Peter Nelson, Hsu Yu-jen, Leung Kui Ting and MAP Office.
Curatorial Rationale: ????
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Grids and Stones ???presents landscapes as cultural self-portraits, where the physical environment becomes a coded depiction of the artist and of their time. The curation of this exhibition is inspired by the art historical binaries often used to describe landscape, such as?? or ‘figure-ground’. In this exhibition, artworks are subtly organised as grids and stones, or ???. The grid functions as a symbol for creating space, as well as the rationalist desire to quantify it. This is a precarious mathematical ideal because it can both create a new world, but also overwrite all other potential worlds. ? can describe, define and communicate our thoughts, but just like how a set of instructions will both teach and demystify a magic trick, ? can overwrite the thought and colonise its meaning. The stone is the counterpart in this exhibition, and is referred to also as ?. The stone inhabits the space that we have created, as the object of the fantasy. It the organic object we stare at, and project desires of the natural world; it is the irrational guest of the rationalised host.
Over the past five years, Australian artist Peter Nelson and Tzong-Zung Chang have been discussing landscape painting in contemporary art, with a shared interest in the Chinese literati mode. If a cross-cultural discussion can be portrayed as two languages finding approximations for one another, Nelson hopes that the errors and inaccuracies in his approximations can bring about new, and unexpected understandings of landscape and the literati. Peter Nelson curated this exhibition inspired by his conversations with Tsong-Zung Chang. The works by Peter Nelson, Hsu Yu-Jen, Leung Kui Ting and MAP Office share a common reference to the Chinese literati, but each adapts this landscape painting tradition to suit their particular voice.
Grids and Stones ???is an exhibition about landscape, conceived by conversations between passionate enthusiasts. By accommodating variations in cultural backgrounds and artistic concerns, it celebrates the point where difference overlaps, where opinions can be shared, and where mistranslations can inspire new ideas.
MAP Office, 'Extended Territories', Black and white print on fine art paper, 2008
Peter Nelson, The Mountain Without The Words, 3D printed celadon ceramic, 2014
Peter Nelson, Extensions of a No-Place (Wen Zhengming), 3D printed celadon ceramic, 2013
MAP Office, PRD Colonies, From Hong Kong to Shenzhen [Golfing Island], 2014