ART BASEL HONG KONG 2019
29 - 31 March 2019
Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Centre, Hong Kong, China
Galleries Section Booth 3C23
Encounters Section Booth EN12
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 with a presentation of works by artists with diverse practices in both two and three dimensions, including Tony Albert (Booth EN12 Encounters Section), Sydney Ball, Lindy Lee, Sam Leach, I Nyoman Masriadi, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Alex Seton and Yang Yongliang.
The presentation includes some of the region's most exciting artists including a large-format painting by Indonesian-based I Nyoman Masriadi (b.1973, Gianyar, Bali). Masriadi’s practice combines superhuman figures with Indonesian cultural history, offering a biting social commentary on contemporary life and global pop culture. Created especially for ABHK 2019, Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (b.1988, Colombo, Sri-Lanka) will show, Bi-Head, a polychrome and polished-bronze head, exploring the politics of sex, the monument, and pointing to the new possibilities to be found in gender fluid realms. Alex Seton (b.1977, Sydney, Australia) will present a pair of large-scale bronze and marble totems from his ‘Cargo’ series, a new body of work in which the artist depicts highly compressed bales of clothing, of the kind found in the second-hand clothes industry. Seton’s bronze and marble obelisks evoke the mesh of needs, concerns, environments and economies through which we are all connected. This sense of connectivity is also present inthe work of Lindy Lee (b.1954, Brisbane,Australia) in which she invokes a sense of deep time. Lee will present, Unnameable 2017, a large-scale bronze‘Fire Stone’, and works on paper pierced and singed by flame. As each scorched mark stands for an individual moment, so too, the large bronze Fire Stone – borne of the marriage of metal and spontaneous eruptions – speaks to the infinite curve of time inherent to all life.Time, in an evolutionary sense, is also examined in Sam Leach’s finely executed oil paintings of animals and spacesuits. Leach (b. 1973 Adelaide, Australia) draws a connection between the legacy of the enlightenment found in the philosophy of Russian Cosmists and the distinctive styles of spacesuits, helmets and associated technology. Leach connects the constructed landscapes of the 17th and 18th century, the utopian ideals of 20th century formalist abstraction and the future implied by space exploration. Yang Yongliang (b.1980, Shanghai, China) will present video and photographic works exploiting a connection between traditional Chinese painting and the contemporary, implementing ancient oriental aesthetics and literati beliefs with modern language and digital techniques. Yongliang’s monochrome landscapes provide a counterpoint to a special presentation of works from the estate of the late Sydney Ball (1933-2017). Arguably Australia’s greatest colourist, Ball’s Infinexseries in automotive enamel on aluminium, comprises rigid geometric forms articulated in fields of contrasting colour – crisply chromatic formal assemblages of individual but related planes of colour which appear as if poised mid-motion.