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Hong Hao

New Works

Sep 30 – Nov 10, 2022
Hong Kong
Exhibition Details:

Hong Hao
New Works
Sep 30 – Nov 10, 2022


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


Press Release


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Above: Hong Hao, The Realm of Matters No.15, 2021 © Hong Hao

Pace is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by the Chinese conceptual artist Hong Hao at its Hong Kong gallery.

The presentation will spotlight mixed media paintings that the artist has created in the past two years. This includes his 2022 series Micro Sentence, which will be shown to the public for the first time in Pace’s upcoming exhibition in Hong Kong, as well as the latest works from Hong’s most representative Reciprocating and Everchanging Appearance series, and his acclaimed The Realm of Matters series of recent years.

As one of the most active conceptual artists in China since the late 1990s, Hong is known for his dexterous and witty handling of ready-made materials, invigorating the Chinese contemporary art scene with his practice. Hong’s artistic approach and intervention to society and the public sphere always starts with the individual, gradually developing a self-sufficient conceptual system with a certain oriental aesthetic sense of harmony. Over the past decade, the artist has increasingly focused on the expressive potential of the material itself, continuing his observation and reflection on the social construction of value.

In one of his new works, titled Everchanging Appearance No. 32 (2022), the artist uses plastic gel, exposed to different temperatures, to produce a fragmented texture like the "ice cracks" of ancient porcelain. Controlling the ambient temperature in the manner of ancient artisans, Hong explores the interesting contrast between the random and meticulous aspects of this process, reflecting the contrived construction of aesthetic taste. In this sense, the civil aesthetic has become a sort of ready-made as the materials, used by the artist skillfully and accurately in his works.

Hong's The Realm of Matters series, which he began in 2020, centers on the development history of porcelain. In The Realm of Matters No. 12 (2021), the artist arranges ancient porcelain fragments—purchased on a trading platform for cultural relics—into a specific pattern that recalls cosmic images such as the asteroid belt. Within this colorful, geometric composition, porcelain fragments fall gently onto the canvas, revealing their original states to viewers.

The light blue color and smooth texture of Song Dynasty porcelain evoke specific historical memories and narratives. The pinnacle of the beauty of ancient Chinese craftsmanship, porcelain wares were once reserved for exclusive use by royalty. Pieces that were not selected for the royal family were broken and buried to prevent others from taking them into their possession. A millennium later, these discarded fragments attracted the attention of researchers, and they started to circulate as commodities, traded and collected by members of the public. Porcelain fragments have been assigned


Featured Works

Hong Hao, Everchanging Appearance No. 32, 2022, oil, acrylic, clear gel and molding material on canvas, 120 cm × 195 cm × 6 cm (47-1/4" × 76-3/4" × 2-3/8")
Hong Hao, It is Not a Big Problem, 2022, oil, acrylic and molding material on canvas, 120 cm × 180 cm × 6 cm (47-1/4" × 70-7/8" × 2-3/8")
Hong Hao, The Realm of Matters No. 12, 2021, acrylic and porcelain pieces from kilns of the Song Dynasty with glaze writing on canvas, 136 cm × 136 cm × 15 cm (53-9/16" × 53-9/16" × 5-7/8")

Installation Views

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About the Artist

Much of Hong Hao’s work features assembled scanned images of various found objects including maps, books, tickets, receipts, banknotes, food, and containers. In his 2009 solo exhibition Hong Hao: Bottom at Beijing Commune, the artist exhibited a series that features the bottom half of everyday objects. By arranging the scanned images according to their forms and colors, he destructs the functional property of the materials and reproduces an undifferentiated, flattened, deliberately superficial world of aesthetics.

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