Around the year of 2000, discussion on the issue of “relationship” became dominant in the field of art. The infiltration of art into the public reinforces this form and promotes the debade regarding the boundaries of art. The questioning of identity in the context of globalization, art as a creational force in the constructions of cities, and the emphasis on aboriginality and diversity, intertwine with each other, and formulate the social background for the discussion on “relationship”.
The discussions of “relationship” involve both the subject and the object. The generation of new patterns of relationships and the redefinition of the established spaces constitute the foundation for these discussions. The question of how to inspire artists’ personal creative capacity in the complicated contemporary social order and how to make use of this capacity as a driving force in today’s innovative activities lies in the core part of the discussions regarding “relationship”. This exhibition is based on the HW Art Project (initiated in May, 2016), which inspired reflections on the connection between art and society. It stresses the initiatives of art creation by confronting the specific object set by the project, and re-examine the force of art in the present social environment. There are three fundamental problems that formulates the HW Art Project：the fast-moving urbanization of cities, the continuously shrinking small-and-medium-sized factory system, and the issue of how contemporary art practice faces the social context. For factories existing in the perishing manufacturing situation, art provides opportunities for innovative practice and experiment. On the other way around, the specific social context and the situation factories faced in the fast-developing cities stimulate and expand the boundaries of art. The issue of city development, economy, factory system, art creation and production, medium and ways of display, as well as art practice and system, all formulate the content of the HW Art Project.
The exhibition, featuring works by artists who participated in the HW Art Project, focuses on the problems of the examined practice of (art) production and social field waiting to be activated. As a space for displaying, the museum also serves as a platform for discussion that will expand the boundaries for the exhibition —— in the form of presenting exhibitions in an exhibition， the exhibition space is designed as a furniture expo. Meanwhile, works of the participating artists will also be presented at the International Furniture Expo held in Shanghai as productions from the factory.
黄中华 Huang Zhonghua
杨 述 Yang Shu
倪 昆 Ni Kun
张小吧 Zhang Xiaoba
乙 丹 Yi Dan
艾忠亮／Ai Zhongliang 鲍大宸／Bao Dachen 陈镜伟／Chen Jingwei 董勋／Dong Xun
杜若／Duruo 雷轶舟／Lei Yizhou 李红宏／Li Honghong 李波／Li Bo 李勇／Li Yong
刘陈／Liu Chen 刘艺／Liu Yi 岂子／Qi Zi 任前／Ren Qian 童文敏／Tong Wenmin
王俊／Wang Jun 吴剑平／Wu Jianping 尹瑞林／Yin Ruilin 余果／Yu Guo
37°小组(蔡颖莉、张玲）／37°Group (Cai Yingli、Zhang Ling)
x space（李浏洋、胡滔、孙奥）x space(Li Liuyang、Hu Tao、Sun Ao)