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H. H. Lim, Paolo Laudisa

Forum Jean Claude Arnault

Camouflage and disguise are recurrent strategies in contemporary art. The work looks as if it were one thing, but it is something else; a gap exists between the work’s appearance and its being, between its Schein and Sein. A painting may look like a photograph or vice versa; what seems to be a massive body may be no more than a thin, hollow shell; and a form that represents one thing may signify something entirely different.

H. H. Lim—a young Chinese artist living in Rome—and the Italian painter Paolo Laudisa present a variation of this strategy of disguise and deception. In their paintings form is separated from meaning. The pictorial sign is allegorical in that it may resemble reality without always being reality, for instance, appearing as a cow does not guarantee that the sign means “cow.”

In Lim’s work disguise also exits on another level. From a distance his large paintings look as if

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