11 May - 15 July 2017
Curator: Dr Tong Pui Yin
“Performance has been a way of appealing directly to a large public, to shock audiences into reassessing their own notions of art and its relation to culture.”
– RoseLee Goldberg
In performance art, the artist conveys his message and manifests his inner identity through “Action” and “Body”. The Body, in this process a medium of artistic creation, is no longer merely an object for aesthetic appreciation, but has transformed into a “Site” where new forms are bred and concepts are expressed and completed. The amalgamation of the Site of the Body and the Site of Artwork Execution transcends physical interaction and engenders communication with the world on the metaphysical level.
Performance artist Cang Xin queries his sensual experience and self-identity while putting forward his own solution; deriving from the framework of ordinary life, his works share a common form embracing both presumption and spontaneity. This forms a thread connecting all four series of works. Presumption here refers to the fact that the Sites involved in Cang Xin’s works are mostly national landmarks or prominent architecture with clear implications. Within such context, the spontaneous “daily-life actions” sublimate to art and are freshly endowed a new spirit evincing the inner identity of the artist, thus illustrate the progression from “Action” to “Perception”.
Encountering Cang Xin’s works, the audience would perceive a certain connection with the artist, allowing them to reflect and question their own identity or the physical body void of which, eventually be immersed in the search of meaning of the self within the social fabric.