Curators: Wang Dan, Jiang Jun
Artist: Shen Linghao
The term “spare” in the title stems from the name of the exhibition space. In turn, the term “spare particles” coincides with the artist’s use of photography as a medium for this exhibition, as well as his use of “photosensitive” materials. The phenomenon of “spare particles” refers to the faint light left lagging on a photosensitive object after the disappearance of a brighter one. The main work in the exhibition – Remnant: Spare Particles – attempts to visually and notionally present the act of “recollection” that takes place in the wake of memory’s “residual light”. Still, does “our” conversation really come to an end after the start of the exhibition? By means of recollection, Developed from Spare Particles attempts to open up a new discussion.
“Completion” and “(image) development” not only constitute a standstill, redolent of space left blank; more so, they evoke a multi-dimensional resonance. Showcasing individual artist-cases, this exhibition is only a starting point. Next, discussions held by various scholars, workshops, publications, live performances and other “incidents” based on the exhibition will help reconstruct the “spare” space, which in turn serves as a focal point for the convergence of historical context and the development of the immediate urban space.
It’s evident that theatricality prevails in contemporary art nowadays. The unveiling of an exhibition is no different from raising the curtain on a full-fledged drama, in which the various tasks require all actors to man their posts. Previous negotiations and conversations have prompted artist Shen Linghao to choose Developed from Spare Particles the underpinning concept of his solo show. In a number of images (e.g. the forum, the literati gathering, the harnessed garden, the theater), the artist and the curators use the tropes of “theater” and “curtain-raising” to vividly hint at the appearance of a “spare space”.