Wang Wei’s Guest | Artforum

王卫:王卫的客人

2016.05.24

2016.05.14-2016.07.20 META项目空间 | META Project Space

王卫的客人是元画廊转型META项目空间后的首次公开展览空间位于上海市中心一处带院落的老洋房一层周围街坊好奇而警惕邻里间少有秘密可言与王卫自己的箭厂空间相似这里也天然存在着他一直很感兴趣的互相观望的情形通过向院落中塞入一个等比例复制的略有倾斜的治安岗亭的空壳王卫在已有的看与被看的关系上又叠加了一层不同的看与被看的关系构建了一个矛盾而相对复杂的现场

对治安岗亭的复制细致到空调外机的位置和推拉窗上未撕掉的包装胶带令人产生向内窥视的欲望但这种窥视如同对权力的张望从外部根本看不真切另一边王卫将岗亭内部的所有物件包括统一规格的座椅装裱好的岗亭人员管理规章制度一一挪至META的室内展厅进行展示但由于空间的差异摆放的错位以及人们对艺术展览的既有想象作品的这一部分被不少参观者忽略或误解了求之不得与视而不见这对矛盾通过一个被拆解的现实物达成了并置室内与室外也正如平行世界既相互关照也互为阐释

某种程度上此次展览是王卫和META对于艺术现场的可能性所作的一次相当同步的探索他们都不满足于在相对安全的空间里做艺术这种安全不单是形式上的也是内容上的他们希望将现实物背后的意识形态和逻辑关系引入艺术现场巧合的是,META转型后真正意义上的第一次展览其实是因特殊原因而临时取消的,“王卫的客人则无意中将此前观看的主体转化为被看的对象

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Wang Wei: Wang Wei’s Guest

2016.05.14-2016.07.20  META Project Space

View of “Wang Wei’s Guest,” 2016.

Meta Project’s inaugural exhibition, “Wang Wei’s Guest,” exploits its setting within the heart of Shanghai in a timeworn Western-style housing block where the householders are inquisitive and rarely keep secrets. Similar to Arrow Factory—an art space in a residential area of Beijing that the artist cofounded—such surroundings naturally foster a sense of reciprocated observation between artists and locals. This potential for art to interact with its context has always interested Wang, and his work here—Wang Wei’s Guest, 2016, an uninhabited, slightly lopsided but otherwise exact replica of a police security post set in the residential courtyard––superimposes a layer of contradiction and complexity onto the existing “see and be seen” relationship.

The detailed replication of the security post is evidenced by the placement of its air-conditioning unit and bits of packing tape still clinging to the window. We are compelled to peek inside—but, as with attempts to identify authoritarian power, it is impossible to know anything from the outside. By way of remedy, Wang has transferred all of the sentry box’s contents, including a standard-issue chair and a list of “booth personnel management regulations,” into Meta Project’s adjacent exhibition space. Owing to the security post’s erroneous placement, however, many passersby have overlooked this dimension to the artwork. The paradox he creates relies on the dismantling of the ready-made to achieve its apposition: indoor and outdoor realms are, in fact, parallel worlds that keep an eye on and serve to elucidate each other.

Clearly, neither the artist nor the curators at Meta Space are satisfied with the traditional, safe white cube. They instead focus on bringing invisible ideologies and assumptions into the exhibition space. In doing so, Wang has transformed a place of neighborly observation into a subject to be observed.

Translated from Chinese by Lee Ambrozy.

Han Jian

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