reviews

  •   Heman Chong, The Mysterious Island, 2016, wood, plastic, iron wire, silk, paint. Installation view.

    Heman Chong, The Mysterious Island, 2016, wood, plastic, iron wire, silk, paint. Installation view.

    Heman Chong

    Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) 上海外滩美术馆

    A light box installed on the Rockbund Art Museum’s exterior, featuring the neon text ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS in Arabic, English, and Chinese (all works 2016), serves as a prelude to Heman Chong’s exhibition “Ifs, Ands, or Buts.” Prior to entering the museum, the viewer may also notice a disclaimer written on a nearby billboard: THE STORY, ALL NAMES, CHARACTERS AND INCIDENTS PORTRAYED IN THIS EXHIBITION ARE FICTITIOUS. This is, perhaps, a tribute to Samuel Beckett; I was reminded of the playwright’s note that opens his 1965 film Film: NO TRUTH VALUE ATTACHES TO THE ABOVE, REGARDED AS OF MERELY

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  •   Heman Chong, The Mysterious Island, 2016, wood, plastic, iron wire, silk, paint. Installation view.

    Heman Chong, The Mysterious Island, 2016, wood, plastic, iron wire, silk, paint. Installation view.

    Heman Chong

    Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) 上海外滩美术馆

    A light box installed on the Rockbund Art Museum’s exterior, featuring the neon text ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS in Arabic, English, and Chinese (all works 2016), serves as a prelude to Heman Chong’s exhibition “Ifs, Ands, or Buts.” Prior to entering the museum, the viewer may also notice a disclaimer written on a nearby billboard: THE STORY, ALL NAMES, CHARACTERS AND INCIDENTS PORTRAYED IN THIS EXHIBITION ARE FICTITIOUS. This is, perhaps, a tribute to Samuel Beckett; I was reminded of the playwright’s note that opens his 1965 film Film: NO TRUTH VALUE ATTACHES TO THE ABOVE, REGARDED AS OF MERELY

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