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Exhibition at P! employs Feng Shui to organize artworks in harmony with each other
Forgoing accepted methods of curatorial practice and exhibition display, “The Ceiling Should Be Green” employs the Chinese metaphysical system of Feng Shui to organize artworks in harmony with each other and with their surrounding environment.
NEW YORK, NY.- P! presents “The Ceiling Should Be Green (天花板應該是綠色的),” a group show that opened November 8, 2013. The exhibition features artists Mel Bochner, Rico Gatson, Tony Labat, Ohad Meromi, Shana Moulton, Connie Samaras, Jessica Stockholder, Kit Yi Wong, and Wen Yau. The show, which includes sculptural and photographic works alongside performance and time-based pieces, grows out of Hong Kong / New York-based artist Kit Yi Wong’s interest in systems of chance and belief.

Forgoing accepted methods of curatorial practice and exhibition display, “The Ceiling Should Be Green” employs the Chinese metaphysical system of Feng Shui to organize artworks in harmony with each other and with their surrounding environment. The curators invited Mr. Ye, a recognized Feng Shui master, to help select the artists based on their birthdays and associated Chinese astrological traits; Mr. Ye also proposed altering the gallery space to generate a successful exhibition. His advice yielded a diverse set of artists, who present works that reflect upon rationality, luck, and mutability. Alongside these artworks, a new video by Kit Yi Wong documents Mr. Ye’s expert opinions and exposes the decisions underlying the exhibition-making process.

Mel Bochner is one of the pioneers of Conceptual Art; his calculated approach to space and systems has shaped several generations of contemporary artists. Bochner’s most recent show, “Proposition and Process: A Theory of Sculpture (1968-1973),” was at Peter Freeman, Inc, in New York.

Rico Gatson’s painting and sculpture use repetition and accumulation to shape social commentary. Gatson’s work has been exhibited at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and the MI T List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as MoMA PS1, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the New Museum in New York.

Tony Labat was born in Cuba, emigrated to the United States as a teenager, and currently lives and works in San Francisco. His performances, films, and sculptures confront questions of cultural identity and displacement. He has received numerous awards and is included in the collections of institutions such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum, Bern; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Long Beach Museum of Art, California.

Ohad Meromi’s work has been exhibited at Art in General, MoMA PS1, and the Sculpture Center in New York, as well as Magasin 3 in Stockholm, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Lyon Biennial. His sculpture and installation work examines the variable forms of utopian modernism and collectivity.

Shana Moulton lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Characterized by unsettling, wry humor and a low-tech pop sensibility, her numerous videos, performances, and installations have appeared internationally at venues such as the Migros Museum, Zurich, The Kitchen, New York, and the Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China.

Connie Samaras blurs the line between fiction and the real world through videos and photographs that speak to the psychological dislocation of the everyday. A recent recipient of a Creative Capital grant, she is currently included in “Dissident Futures” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Jessica Stockholder’s site-specific interventions and free-standing scuptures mix the vibrantly colorful plastic products of consumer culture with a myriad of other everyday materials. Described as “paintings in space,” her works have been exhibited at New York’s Dia Center for the Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA PS1, in addition to SITE Santa Fe, the Venice Biennale, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Kit Yi Wong is a graduate of Yale University’s MFA program and is based in Hong Kong and New York. Her video and performance pieces investigate the body, power relations, and new ways of encountering strangers to explore chance.

Wen Yau is a cross-media artist, researcher, curator, and writer, whose work grapples with cultural difference and intimacy as enacted in public space. She has presented projects recently in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, the USA, Sweden, Italy, New Zealand, and Bolivia.





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