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Kukje Gallery Presents Artworks by Haegue Yang and Daniel Boyd in the ‘Encounters’ Sector of the 2024 Art Basel Hong Kong

Haegue Yang, The Randing Intermediate – Underbelly Alienage Duo, 2020, Installation view of “The Corn of Concern” at MCAD in Manila ©Kukje Gallery

Kukje Gallery presents artworks by two international artists: Haegue Yang and Daniel Boyd, in the ‘Encounter’ sector of 2024 Art Basel Hong Kong. Haegue Yang’s Contingent Spheres will be on display in the center of the fairgrounds, while Daniel Boyd’s installation Doan will welcome visitors at the Pacific Place, a large shopping complex near the fairgrounds, as part of the off-site Encounters.

Encounters, curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace Sydney, will feature 16 large-scale projects by artists from a broad spectrum of geographies, under the theme ‘I am a part of all that I have met’. The sector will include 11 works made especially for the fair, a yet-unmatched number since the sector’s introduction in 2013.

One of the participating works, Haegue Yang’s Contingent Spheres, stems from the artist’s thoughts on the aftermath of the recent global pandemic, cultural differences between regions, and climate change. The title, ‘Contingent Spheres,’ alludes to the local cycles of the seasons, which are usually regular, and consists of two groups of sculptures that seem to be representative of three different environments (undersea, terrestrial, and celestial or extraterrestrial).

A pair of rattan sculptures, The Randing Intermediate – Underbelly Alienage Duo, and The Intermediate – Five-Legged Frosty Fecund Imoogi, form a scene. The independent entities form a single scene called ‘Contingent Spheres’, each sharing a common language of production, the handcrafted weaving of rattan and straw grass. The sculptural objects weave a fantastical narrative that is both grounded in, and transcends, their individual local cultural environments, and as a group they embody the hybrid concept of ‘natureculture’ in form and fabrication.

Co-organized by three of the artist’s exclusive galleries (Kukje Gallery (Seoul), Kurimanzutto (Mexico City, New York), and Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris)), the project also signals to take another leap forward with “Leap Year,” a survey exhibition at Hayward Gallery in London scheduled for October.

Daniel Boyd, Doan, 2024, Single-channel digital video, 10 min 46 sec ©Kukje Gallery, STATION

Daniel Boyd’s installation work Doan at Pacific Place, Hong Kong, consists of a floor and window installation and a large-scale video. Each element recreates opacity and emptiness as a visual language, conceptually unpacking and critiquing the one-sided perspective of colonialism.

Born in Cairns, Australia in 1982, Daniel Boyd has been based in Sydney since 2005, where he has been actively working and exhibiting. “All the World’s Futures” (2015), 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor, “Mondialité” (2017) with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza at the Boghossian Foundation in Brussels, and his first major solo exhibition in Europe last year at the Gropius Bau in Berlin, Germany.

The exhibition, a collaboration between Kukje Gallery (Seoul, Busan) and STATION (Melbourne, Sydney) and supported by Swire Properties, will be on view from March 21 to April 7.

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