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Filling Down a Steel Bar until a Needle is Made installation view Frame of the Images; Boundary of the Time – Condo Shanghai
Morgan Wong, José León Cerrillo, Nina Beier
July 7 – Aug. 26, 2018
A+ Contemporary



Interview with A+ (Chinese only at the moment)

A+ Contemporary is pleased to host Mexico City and Mérida-based gallery joségarcía ,mx for the exhibition Frame of the Images; Boundary of the Time, within the context of the first edition of Condo Complex in Shanghai on July 7th. In collaboration with joségarcía, mx, the works in this exhibition invite viewers to step inside a multidimensional labyrinth from installation-sculptural pieces, to found objects and video works. Centering on themes regarding image and time, typographical notations and fabrics move between trajectories of frames, they coalesce with the expanding boundary of the time, allowing works to rotate in a perpetual pendulum where objects and space intertwine. The exhibition will run through August 26th.

Transmuting from clean graphic images into carefully assembled sculptural works, Mexico City-based artist José León Cerrillo’s New Baroque and POEM series reinterpret and revisit the formal quality of images from which he liberates the basic pictorial elements of lines, shapes and colors to allow them with various spatial densities. Visitors are invited to view the works from various angles. Nina Beier, the artist born in Denmark and based in Berlin exhibits a series titled Portrait Mode, for which she reinvestigates the condition of image through a reverse trajectory, situating found second-hand clothes onto the verso of the pictorial frame. Turning the object into images, Beier comments on the ever-changing fashion trend as a framed one that is in itself superficial and artificial.

Re-examining and re-investigating the passage of time, Hong Kong-based artist Morgan Wong represents time in various mediums, stretching the boundary of the time to its very limit. Reframing an ancient Chinese proverb, the video work, Filling Down a Steel Bar Until a Needle is Made, presents a snapshot of such eponymous deed of the artist that absurdly transcends time in his lifetime. In Time Needle Series, the artist extends the former work by collecting and sealing the metal powder collected from the steel bar into a needle-shaped glass-tube that captures his daily effort as if a time capsule. Through these transitory yet continuous gestures, the artist invites the audience to enter into a ritualistic realm where the temporal and spatial interrelations become an intermediating one that slowly dissolve one another.

Crossing the shifting frame of the images and traversing the blurry boundary of the time, three artists’ conceptual and performative portrayals unfold a tale of image and time inside this subtle yet vigorous space. Between the moving and the static, the formal and the representational, viewers gradually become a part of this interlacing vista.

Frame of the Images; Boundary of the Time - Condo Shanghai installation view 6 Time Needle series installation view 2

Exhibition View at A+ Contemporary