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Reanimating a Lingnan house left to ruin in the forgotten village of Fenghe with Wang NewOne in collaboration with felicita

19 June 2019

House-D12, an offsite exhibition by Wang NewOne with sound design and lighting by felicita, is on view between June 1 and August 31 in Fenghe Village, Baiyun District, Guangzhou. 

Created inside an abandoned house in the village, Wang NewOne’s work invites intrigue into a ghostly historic site slated for future demolition and development. Fenghe Village, an agricultural town, was built in the Qing Dynasty over 150 years ago and has to date preserved its unique Lingnan culture and architecture despite a diminishing and ageing population. As the artist says of the location:

“Between the 1950s to ’70s, many villagers left to work abroad; together with the outflow of young labour, Fenghe gradually became a ‘hollow village’ (only houses, the people are missing), its quiet sunsets contrasting sharply with the booming airport economy developing nearby.”

Wang’s installation brings a fleeting moment of new life and ambiguous contemplation into this area under cultural transformation.**

Wang NewOne’s House-D12, in collaboration with felicita with special thanks to TaxEvasion, is on in Fenghe Village, Baiyun District, Guangzhou, between June 1 and August 31, 2019. 

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Skewed imaginaries from Deirdre Sargent, Nicholas Sullivan & Philip Hinge in the domestic crawl space of New Jersey’s darkZone

10 June 2019

The kissed by profane grace group exhibition by Deirdre Sargent, Nicholas Sullivan and Philip Hinge was on at New Jersey’s darkZone project space on March 9.

Deirdre Sargent, Nicholas Sullivan and Philip Hinge, kissed by profane grace (2019). Exhibition view. Image courtesy the artists + darkZone, New Jersey.

The show situates paintings and sculptural works in a loaded site for artist and project space founder Hinge: darkZone is located in the basement crawl space of his New Jersey family home. Along the walls Hinge’s colourful figurative paintings bring to mind schlocky trash films and pulp pop culture, while the cellar is populated with the distressed figurine sculptures of Sargent, along with Sullivan’s kitsch ceiling fan installation. The works in kissed by profane grace play to the space’s feeling as a site for childhood retreat into skewed imagination.**

Deirdre Sargent, Nicholas Sullivan and Philip Hinge’s kissed by profane grace group exhibition was on view at darkZone, New Jersey on March 9, 2019.

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