The Hanging :: Actions For Tomorrow by Yangjiang Group
February 24th 2015
“FINAL DAYS,” these words are plastered across the front gallery window of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
The gallery’s close proximity to Chinatown’s retailers gives the space a disarmingly similar vibe to that of any other store. Waltzing down Hay Street, however, 4A pulls the rug out from under your mindless window-shopping.
Mimicking a display for a sportswear retailer, merch from different international brands is presented as it normally would be, except in this space every inch of clothing is dripping with wax.
Shopper, you have been rejected. You cannot buy, try on or even touch these pieces. They have been given a new weight, frozen in their place.
The look of the pooling and dripping wax gives the impression that we the viewer are at the opening of a cryogenic pod, except, here we aren’t reawakening Walt Disney.
Yangjiang Group, Final Days (2015), installation view, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, wax and modified clothing installation, dimensions variable. Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Courtesy the artists and Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou. Photo: Zan Wimberley.
This is ‘Actions For Tomorrow,’ a new exhibition from the artist collective Yangjiang Group. Each of the installations in this exhibition are presented almost as vignettes; scenes of places as they were left, now abandoned.
What: ACTIONS FOR TOMORROW
Where: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
When: Tuesday-Saturday until the 7th of March
How much: FREE