While the child-protagonist Alice’s journey through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole is a consequence of her intelligence and inquisitiveness; so is curiosity the drive for artists to work on materials, elements and found objects they meet in the everyday life. And while familiarly unfamiliar are fairytales and dream adventures are to us all; so are the works of the artists on themes that are universal to the collective unconscious such as dreams, traveling, fairytales and the very sense of being itself.
After presenting the vaudevillian garden together with an op-scape and taking the audience to a-rolling and strolling with images in donut shape, Para Site Art Space is proud to presentin April and May 2005. This is an installation exhibition comprising works from 4 artists from different background and nationality, and out of a pool of 120 proposals submitted, yet bearing the similar cutting-edge way of interpreting and re-presenting everyday life objects as art-objects out of everyday materials and found objects. And similar too, is the fact that the works may have exhibited somewhere else individually but shipped and post to the site here for an open dialogue with each other; and on what site-specificity may mean; and what everydayness may become in a playful manner.
If “curious” has similar meaning with “concern, eagerness, inquiring mind, inquisitiveness, interest, interestingness, intrusiveness, investigation, meddling, mental acquisitiveness, nosiness, officiousness, prying, questioning, regard, searching, snooping”, yet at the same time is synonymous with “anomaly, bibelot, bygone, conversation piece, curio, exoticism, freak, knickknack, marvel, monstrosity, nonesuch, objet d’art, oddity, peculiar object, prodigy, rarity, singular object, trinket, wonder”; then “curiosities” promises certain degree of “interest” and “oddity”. So be there to explore how oddities may work against the norm; and how interesting an art space can become with the works of marvel.
More materials are available to view on site at Para Site.
The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.