Huan Zhong – Na­ture Fol­lows Ab­strac­tion

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The ti­tle is de­rived from the 4th Cen­tury B.C. philoso­pher Chuang Tzu’s con­cept of ‘Huan Zhong’ in his es­say On Lev­el­ing All things. ‘Huan Zhong’ refers to the space within a cir­cle. The cir­cle rep­re­sents the re­al­is­tic world, while the space refers to the ab­stract and in­tan­gi­ble. Chuang Tzu be­lieved that the “es­sen­tial” can only be at­tained when one in­ves­ti­gates ‘Huan Zhong.’ If one understands ‘Huan Zhong,’ one bet­ter understands na­ture.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­vited both in­ter­gen­er­a­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists to ex­per­i­ment within the small ‘ab­stract’ space sur­rounded by the ‘re­al­ity’ of the World Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre to ask tra­di­tional 20th Cen­tury ques­tions about ab­stract art such as “Tran­scen­den­tal or Ex­pe­ri­en­tial?” and “Ab­strac­tion or Na­ture?” which are still rel­e­vant in to­day’s de-cen­tral­ized art en­vi­ron­ment. Does the ho­mo­gene­ity, uni­ver­sal­ity and ra­tio­nal­ity as­so­ci­ated with ab­strac­tion still hold, or has a more ‘so­cial’ or ‘eco­nomic’ ab­strac­tion taken its place, re­flect­ing the present world rather than re­main­ing an ex­ten­sion of the in­di­vid­ual?

This ex­hi­bi­tion presents the work of team­lab (an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary group seek­ing to col­lab­o­ra­tively nav­i­gate the con­flu­ence of art, tech­nol­ogy, de­sign and the nat­u­ral world) com­pleted this year in­clud­ing the Fleet­ing Flow­ers se­ries, which is mak­ing its public de­but. This se­ries uses dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate a dy­namic paint­ing de­pict­ing vivid im­ages of an­i­mals in count­less flow­ers that con­stantly bloom and wither, si­mul­ta­ne­ously ex­pand­ing the ex­pres­sive forms of color and mak­ing a metaphor for the con­nected, cycli­cal na­ture of life. Rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of na­ture has al­ways been a core theme of team­lab’s work. Their daz­zling tech­ni­cal spec­ta­cles of­ten con­ceal ques­tions about hu­man ex­is­tence, and their art­works strive to pro­vide ur­ban­ites a new sense of vi­tal­ity for life in the nat­u­ral world and new re­al­iza­tions about their own con­nec­tion to the world around them. May 20 – Oc­to­ber 10, 2017 Pace Gallery, Bei­jing

In­stal­la­tion view of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Part of the team­lab’s Fleet­ing Flow­ers se­ries.

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