Michael Joo exhibition: ‘Transparency Engine’

Moot Gallery

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DATE & TIME

14 MAY - 29 AUG
8:30AM - 5:30PM (MON-FRI)

VENUE

Moot Gallery, SCAD Hong Kong
292 Tai Po Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

 


Transparency Engine features glass sculptural works from recent and related bodies of work that have never been shown in Asia. The core of the installation, “Plexus” presents rows of glass riot shields lining the walls of SCAD Hong Kong’s former municipal building. Side-by-side, with their handles removed, these shields create a reflective series of mirrors and appear as an endless unfolding screen.

The “Farmers & Merchants” (2012) sculptures incorporate the forms of ropes and stanchions used for crowd control. Their silvered Pyrex forms are at once fixed yet fluid, reflecting an unexpected juxtaposition of an object of art and the realm of social space. Entirely mirrored using silver nitrate, the works also refer to processes in early photographic production and further suggest a merging of image and self, sculpture and photography. Michael Joo says, “I would like the installation to suggest that we look deeper into the distorted looking glass of the works’ surface to see there is no ‘other’ without an ‘us.’”

This exhibition is organised by Laurie Ann Farrell, SCAD executive director of exhibitions.


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