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1995

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In August, 1995, Wang Gongxin presented his work, “Biao,” in Hall No. 10, a non-profit art center in Stuttgart, Germany. This venue, commonly used for solo art exhibitions, has a unique historical background. Following World War II and into the cold war, this space served as a garage for United States military vehicles. The many exhibitions that take place in this hall all must have some relation to space itself in one way or another. Following each exhibition, the space has to be restored. Wang Gongxin’s work, “Biao,” was created in this way. “Biao,” the title of his work takes on double meanings. The first, derived from the character 裱 (biao) refers to the mounting of ink paintings. The other, derived from the character 表 (biao), literally “a watch” refers to time. In creating the work, Wang “mounted” the entire 500 square meter space with “xuan” paper, using a paste made from flour and water as adhesive, as a worker of painting mounting works. This took him more than a month to complete. On the original floor, there were ten parking spots, defined by painted lines. After taking photographs of the ten numbered spaces, he set them in iron trays in their respective places. In each tray, he covered the photographs with developing fluid and hung a red light above each. As the photographs developed from the opening day of the exhibition to the last, they gradually reddened. (Russ, Hannah '18)

Grenzgänger zwischen Ost und West; Halle im Papierkleid; Letzte Kunstausstellung in der Halle 10 der Reinhardtkaserne; Yin und Yang

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