A view of the Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuō zhèng yuán), one of the most representative classical gardens of Suzhou, China
David Zwirner is pleased to present Parallax, a group exhibition curated by Leo Xu that will feature work by gallery artists Francis Alÿs, Dan Flavin, Gordon Matta-Clark, Fred Sandback, and Diana Thater. On view at the gallery’s Hong Kong location, the show takes its inspiration from the classical Chinese idiom 移步換形 yí bù huàn xíng, which literally translates as “the view before you will transform with every step you take,” suggesting an understanding of the experience of space as contingent and infinitely changing as one moves through it.
A fundamental idea in Chinese garden design, the meaning of the term has been explored in literati travel memoirs and nature writings as well as in the traditions of landscape painting. The exhibition will feature immersive installations and video and film works by these five artists, all of which engage with this concept by highlighting and directly confronting how space is perceived and experienced by the viewer.
Image: Diana Thater, The Road to Hana Two, 2014
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