Chewing Gum VI

Aug 4 – Sep 7, 2023
Hong Kong
Exhibition Details:

Chewing Gum VI
Aug 4– Sep 7, 2023


12/F, H Queen's
80 Queen's Road Central
Hong Kong


Press Release


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Above: Installation view, Chewing Gum VI, Aug 4– Sep 7, 2023, Pace Gallery, Hong Kong

Pace is pleased to present Chewing Gum VI, the latest presentation in a series of group exhibitions highlighting the gallery’s international program, at its Hong Kong location.

On view from August 4 to September 7, Chewing Gum VI will bring together works by Yto Barrada, Mary Corse, Elmgreen & Dragset, Mao Yan, Robert Rauschenberg, Joel Shapiro, Li Songsong, Lee Ufan, Brent Wadden, Xiao Yu, and Zhang Xiaogang. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held at the gallery on August 3 from 6–8 p.m.

The Chewing Gum exhibition series, which was first presented at Pace’s Hong Kong gallery in 2015, explores the ways that globalization can dispel and dissolve cultural differences, proposing new interpretations and connections among various artists’ practices. The upcoming edition of Chewing Gum, the sixth iteration of the show, will present dialogues among paintings, sculptures, and photographs created between the early 2000s and present day.

Among the works included in Chewing Gum VI is Lee Ufan’s sculptural installation Relatum - play of primitive (2015), which examines the relationships between objects and space. A painting by Mary Corse and a sculpture by the duo Elmgreen & Dragset will be situated in conversation with one another and with Lee’s installation. Corse’s Untitled (DNA Series) (2017), which features vertical black and white bands, incorporates acrylic paint and glass microspheres that reflect and refract light. In Elmgreen & Dragset’s recent sculpture On Target, Fig. 7 (2022), an arrow is embedded amid overlapping circles rendered in black, green, and white lacquer and mirror reflective stainless steel. Skewed slightly to the right of center, the target depicted in this work raises questions about perception and experience. As such, the sculpture exemplifies the artists’ interest in re-contextualizing everyday objects and challenging traditional modes of representation to create new meanings and associations.

A work on paper by Zhang Xiaogang, who is known for his figurative paintings and sculptures that engage with memory to explore both personal and collective histories, will also figure in the exhibition. In Zhang’s Black Stone (2014), a figure drifts across the picture plane, floating within undefined space and exuding a sense of isolation and alienation. Meanwhile, Mao Yan’s 2013 painting Oval Portrait: Andrew eschews markers of cultural and temporal significance. Rather, the portrait is imbued with spiritual and psychological complexity that encourages introspection and meditation. Li Songsong’s idiosyncratic work on paper Which Animal Do You Like Best? (2013) will be in conversation with these works as well as Xiao Yu’s wall-mounted bronze sculpture BB (2019), which invites contemplation of the human condition and the ecology of the art world.

Highlights in Chewing Gum VI will also include Robert Rauschenberg’s painting Page 19, Paragraph 5 (Short Stories) (2001); a painted wood sculpture by Joel Shapiro that reflects the artist’s longstanding interest in exploring—and occasionally erasing—the line between abstraction and figuration; a vibrant handwoven painting created by Brent Wadden in 2022; and a set of Yto Barrada‘s chromogenic prints, Untitled (felt circus flooring, Tangier)(2013–15). The patchworks of images, colors, and materials in these works collide in unexpected ways in the exhibition.


Featured Works

Lee Ufan, Relatum - play of primitive, 2015, steel and stone, 62" × 52" × 28-1/2" (157.5 cm × 132.1 cm × 72.4 cm), overall installation 15-1/2" × 18" × 17" (39.4 cm × 45.7 cm × 43.2 cm), stone 2-1/2" × 63-1/4" × 2-1/2"(6.4 cm × 160.7 cm × 6.4 cm), steel pole
Mao Yan, Oval Portrait: Andrew, 2013, oil on canvas, 43-5/16" x 29-1/2" (110 cm x 75 cm)
Mary Corse, Untitled (DNA Series), 2017, small acrylic squares in glass microspheres in acrylic on canvas, 50" × 33" (127 cm × 83.8 cm)
Elmgreen & Dragset, On Target, Fig. 7, 2022, Stainless steel, lacquer © The Long Museum, 51-3/16" × 51-3/16" × 16-5/8" (130 cm × 130 cm × 42.2 cm)

Installation Views