Opening on December
4th, 2003, concurrent to ArtBasel Miami, The Moore Space will
present two parallel projects: Jim Lambie’s Paradise Garage;
and the first one-person showing of Yang Fudong’s work in
the United States: “Seven Intellectuals in the Bamboo Forest”
and selected videos. These exhibitions will run through April
3, 2004. Jim Lambie will perform as a dj on the evening on the
opening at 10:30 pm at the street corner of 2nd Avenue and 40th
Street n the Design District.
ABOUT JIM LAMBIE>
In his work, Lambie references popular culture and music by drawing
on the materials of everyday life. Using such ephemeral sculptural
materials as duct tape, doors, mirrors, record covers, safety
pins and glitter, Lambie creates objects that directly reference
the worlds of art and design, in particular the Italian Memphis
group. His well-known multi-coloured floors expand the parameters
that define space and form as they conform to the specificity
of a particular site. Born in 1964, artist Jim Lambie lives and
works in Glasgow and New York. He studied environmental art at
the Glasgow School of Art.
Jim Lambie explores the nature
of space, as he envelopes the audience in his floors. In PARADISE
GARAGE, black and white strips of duct tape slice the floor and
multiply in psychedelic patterns. The irregular, angular floor
piece immerses the viewers as they confront the artist’s
seven sculptures arranged on it. These sculptures, painted in
bright colors, move and morph out of shape, without veering too
far away from the source object they once were: doors, in this
case. The artist remakes and reclassifies objects which are eventually
converted into fetishistic artfacts.
The title of Jim Lambie’s
new installation- PARADISE GARAGE, draws in a wide range of references
from the contemporary culture: from New York's famous disco venue
(Paradise Garage) to song titles to commercial ads. Lambie’s
titles thrive on the constant flux of language, youth culture,
and the hybrids of media and contemporary every-day life.
ABOUT YANG FUDONG>
b. 1971, Beijing. Lives and works in Shanghai, China
Seven Intellectuals In Bamboo Forest, 2003 Part 1 is a 29-minute,
35mm black and white film based on the history of seven talent
intellectuals in the Chinese ancient Wei and Jin Dynasty. Ruan
Ji, Ji Kang, Shan Tao, Liu Ling, Ruan Yan, Xiang Xiu and Wang
Rong were famous poets and artists at that time. Open and unruly,
they used to gather and drink in the bamboo forest, singing songs
and playing traditional Chinese musical instruments, in hope to
escape from the earthly life. They pursued individuality, freedom
and liberty. Their remarkable talent and passion made them a notable
group in Chinese history. This work, as well at a selection of
five other films and videos by the artist is the first solo-exhibition
of the artist in the United States.
Quote by Yang Fudong: “Art
is definitely not my profession, but it has become an integral
part of my life. It’s like going to sleep every night and
dreaming. It's something that is always going to happen, something
that ends and then begins again. It’s like when you wake
up in the morning knowing that you had a dream last night, but
you cannot recall what it was that you dreamed. Still, a feeling
lingers in the back of your mind that you had a strange or even
frightening dream last night. You know if you try to tell the
dream to someone else, they just won’t be able to relate.
So you can only keep it inside you. You live in a big city, hiding
in your little corner, and it’s doubtful that even a few
people know of your existence. Yet you are a part of the city.
It's you and a lot of other such people that make up this city.
The feeling of the city depends on all of these people living
in their own dreams. My relationship with society to a large degree
is a kind of metabolic relationship. Society needs ever-changing
relationships, just like those that are occurring today. I too
am ever-changing. I was unable to choose which generation I was
born into, yet I have to learn to adapt to the times.” Yang
ABOUT HANS ULRICH OBRIST>
Hans Ulrich Obrist was born in May 1968 in Zurich, Switzerland, and
currently lives and works in Paris. In 1993, he founded the migratory Museum
Robert Walser and began to run the Migrateurs programme at the Musée d'Art
Moderne de la Ville de Paris where he now serves as a curator for
contemporary art. He is editor in chief of the hybrid artist pages Point d'Ironie, published by agnès b and begun in collaboration with her in 1997.
He has been a frequent curator for the museum in progress, Vienna and lecturer at Facolta delle Arti, IUAV in Venice.
ABOUT THE MOORE SPACE>
The Moore Space is a non-profit
art space located in the heart of Miami’s Design District
at 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, 2nd floor. Its tradition of inviting guest
curators is an integral part of its mission to promote new expression,
new art forms and new thought in contemporary visual culture in
Miami. In the past, The Moore Space has presented exhibitions
curated by Dominic Molon and Patrick Charpenel, lectures by Peter
Doroshenko, Daniela Rossell, Jeffrey Deitch, and Dara Friedman,
performances by Nikki Lee and Joan Jonas.
The exhibition will open on Thursday,
December 4 at 10:00 pm. ArtBasel hours are Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm.
For more information, please visit www.themoorespace.org
Silvia K. Cubina
This project is generously sponsored by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz; Ivelin and Craig Robins;
Eugenio Lopez/La Coleccion Jumex and Miami -Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.