Wednesday, March 7, 2 to 3 PM
Platform 4, The Gallery (2014 - ) by Wang Xin
Presented by de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong, Armory Show, Pier 94
Wallpaper Dragon presents a single 129.54cm x 1005.84cm roll of watercolor paper undulating over the walls across the floor and exterior space of The Gallery. The scroll-like paper, literally supported by the Gallery walls, spills over and beyond them. Color and ink flow and merge together, containing imagery of goddesses and warriors with patterns from Condon's mother’s fabrics and wallpapers that further complicate the surface and unfolding of time.
The theme of the installation is freedom to re-imagine decor as the intersection between nature and culture. For an hour the Gallery contains a synthetic landscape transgressing the natural boundaries of its physical space.
The installation expands upon earlier site-specific installations made after Condon returned from China in 2014. Since then, her mother's vintage wallpapers and fabrics inspire her to incorporate the décor in her childhood home as a formative artistic influence. As a child Condon experienced the repeated patterns as confining, a trap. Now, setting the patterns and images free in a river of free-floating associations redefines the improvisational techniques of scroll painting in dimensional space.