MANIFOLD 流形

Exhibition by Ben R. Clement

Ben R. Clement’s first solo exhibition in China Manifold, brings together adaptations of objects removed from their infrastructures and arranged in new systems. Segmented electrical power poles become rudimentary display structures, an injection moulded western saddle form is used as the grounding for a wire lightning protection circuit and ship mooring bollard is removed from its dock while moulds of early human fossils have been submitted to copper electroplating. Both biological and mechanical these forms can be considered as evolutionary vehicles.

One such work is based on the famous ‘Peking Man’ fossils of early hominid skull caps which were discovered outside of Beijing 1933 and then lost in 1941 during The Sino-Japanese War, these fossils, currently of uncertain evolutionary position, only exist as replicas. Through reverse engineering a new mould-like form academic 3D scans, Clement’s sculpture seek to compress the chasm of time between processes of industrial manufacturing and of geologic formation.

The title Manifold stands somewhat resistant given the word holds different definitions, be it the adjective of the many or various in element, the noun of a connections of branching pipes such as the combustion engine part or a genetic line, the mathematical idea of a topographic unified form in space or the verb of multiplying. In the face of this faceted world, the unifying notion within all of these all objects may be that their materiality in an elemental sense is the highest common denominator, certain to outlive any future driven by human progression or national formation.

Ben R Clement (Born 1989, Wellington) is a New Zealand artist. He works predominantly in sculpture and including printmaking and film. Clement's practice seeks to view objects and the infrastructures they move through within an expanded view of time. By examining what the notion of decommissioning can apply to, Clement questions how material translations and emotional investment can be applied to technologies and their lifecycles.

Recent solo exhibitions include Spermatorrhoea, Ramiken Crucible, New York, 2019, The Wit’s End, Physics Room, Christchurch, 2016, the Spirit of Change, M.I, Berlin, 2016 , Video Easy, Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland, 2014 and recent group exhibitions include Hardcore Erotic Art, Ramiken Crucible, New York, 2019, In the Reading Room of Hell, APLUSA gallery, Venice, 2018, Home of the Brave, Museum fūr Modern Kunst MMK, Frankfurt am Main, 2017, Permanent Tourist, Le Meriden Hotel, Frankfurt / Rome, 2017

Ben R Clement is I: project space’s current resident artist. The residency is a collaboration with the Creative New Zealand.

This project is supported by:
Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (Creative New Zealand)

Ben R. Clement在中国的首度个展“流形”(Manifold), 旨在将物品移植出它们既有的基础结构,并把这些物品放置在新的系统中。在Clement的世界里,一截电线杆变成了基本的布展结构;经过热压铸的西式马鞍,被用作避雷针电路的地基;系船桩离开了码头进入了展厅;早期人类化石经过电镀后呈现出另一种生长的形态。在改变这些物品并赋予它们新的阐释的过程中,Clement始终在思考一个问题:不管从生物或是机械的角度看,究竟是什么使进化成为可能?

Clement最引人注意的一组作品,倒序制造了一个以著名的早期智人“北京人”的头颅骨。这个头颅1933年在北京附近被发现,遗失于1941年中国与日本的战争中。因为仅复制品被保存,我们已无法考证它在人类进化过程中究竟该被放到哪一位置。在普遍与具体之间,Clement的雕塑跨越了时间的鸿沟,在同一时空内并置着远古地质时期与近代工业生产的经验。

而本次展览的主题词“流形” Manifold,既可以是一个形容词,意指多种多样;也可以是一个名词,指汽车引擎用以进气和排气的歧管,或一个基因的链条;也可以是一个数学中关于绘形与空间描述的概念;或是一个关于倍乘的动词。词语本身的多义也意味着,作品拒斥单一固定的解读。而在这个多维的世界里,我们对这些物品可以确知的概念,也许只有它们最原始的物质性(materiality)——相比任何由人类发展或国家更替驱动的历史经验,物质总是更长久的。

Ben R Clement(1989,惠灵顿),新西兰艺术家,主要从事雕塑,版画和影像。Clement的实践试图审视物体及生产设施在一段时间范围内的变化。通过研究”被遗弃”的概念,Clement试图审视材料转译和情感投入如何应用于技术及其生命周期。

Clement的曾举办过的个展包括:Spermatorrhoea, Ramiken Crucible, 纽约, 2019, The Wit’s End, Physics Room, 克赖斯特彻奇, 2016, the Spirit of Change, M.I, 柏林, 2016 , Video Easy, Michael Lett Gallery, 奥克兰, 2014; Clement最近参与的群展有:Hardcore Erotic Art, Ramiken Crucible, 纽约, 2019, In the Reading Room of Hell, APLUSA gallery, 威尼斯, 2018, Home of the Brave, Museum fūr Modern Kunst MMK, 法兰克福, 2017, Permanent Tourist, Le Meriden Hotel, 法兰克福/罗马, 2017

Ben R Clement 是目前I: project space的驻留艺术家。本次展览是与Creative New Zealand合作的项目。

项目支持:
Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (Creative New Zealand)

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