Rock Paper Scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors is at once an exploration of the formalistic choices that artists chose to adopt and adapt, as well as a differentiated exploration of the metaphorical qualities that each of the three words suggest.

Rock stands for the three dimensional object. It could be a metaphor for sculpture. But it also refers to monuments and monumentality. The Monument has always been defined by the agencies and histories that it is made to convey. In that sense, it is the final stage of a politicized act of marking a certain ideology, promulgating a specific narrative and fostering a constructed collective identity.

Paper stands for a distinct medium, less intrusive, and seemingly fragile and according to many, the art form that is most difficult to master. Every child had their share of paper and pencil whether they became artists or not. In other words, paper speaks to the intuitive in all of us. On a different level, paper is that surface on which all is inscribed. History, Prayer, Diaries, Architectural plans, the daily news… Thus, it is a metaphor for the transmission and at times coercion of knowledge becoming a container for something bigger than what the words or images stand for alone.

Scissors make a direct reference to the act of cutting that has come to define the technical aspect of the creative process for numerous artists. Paper, fabric, metal, and even the canvas itself has been cut, sliced and punctured to make a formalistic statement informed by a variety of artistic and social contexts. On a metaphorical note, the exhibition uses the analogy of scissor to illustrate acts of radical departure that have left an undeniable effect on the arts world.

Rock, Paper, Scissors is a double folded statement that ponders the broad range within the formalistic trends that have come to define the contemporary moment of artistic production. Yet, on a more metaphorical level, the exhibition seeks to explore the extent to which contemporary art, despite its primary engagement with formalistic concerns, continues to be equally engaged with questions of subversion and “politicality”.

Artists: Louise Bourgeois, Rob Carter, Jim Dine, Soonja Han, Kim Chun Hwan, Louise Nevelson, Jackson Pollock, Hadieh Shafie, and Kasper Sonne.