Inaugurating the Rockbund’s new artistic program, WangShui’s first solo exhibition is an immersive experience through a shape-shifting installation of never standing still paintings. The artworks on display mark the relaunch of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) under the new Artistic Director, X Zhu-Nowell.
WangShui is known for blending different formats together, creating a multilayered intersection between paintings, installations, and video. Poiesis, from the Greek word “bringing something into being”, expands upon WangShui’s artistic research into integrating different agents into the art piece. While interrogating the logic of perception, the New York-based artist builds on an exploration of human consciousness. The immersive exhibition traverses the museum’s fourth and fifth floors and consists of eighth aluminium floor paintings. Following a choreography driven by the ultrasonic frequencies collected and processed by an algorithm, the paintings change position throughout the duration of the show. Unlike conventional Western paintings, WangShui intricately abrades images into aluminium panels and applies paint to illuminate the scratches, creating paintings characterized by shifting light and movement.
Kvadrat has proudly contributed to the immersive exhibition by sponsoring 180 meters of Mori, a clear and architectural curtain with a subtle grid-like effect.
Rockbund Art Museum
20 Huqiu Rd, Shanghai
1 April 2023 – 11 June 2023
Tuesday - Sunday 10 – 18