CHRISTOPHER K. HO | ET IN ARCADIA EGO
June 20 – August 15, 2009 | Opening Saturday, June 20, 12 – 3 pm
| EDS | GALERIA Atlixco 32 Condesa 06140 MEXICO DF
| EDS | GALERIA is pleased to present Christopher K. Ho’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Et in Arcadia Ego features six works of diverse media oriented around the cunning genre of landscape.
The title, idiomatically translated “Even in Arcadia, there is Death,” intimates Ho’s continued interest in exploring the parameters and possibilities of engaged art. In Arcadia, idealism resides in an irretrievable past, not a flawless future; the atmosphere is infused with human pathos rather than steeped in political promise. The exhibition—which strives to be more sympathetic than critical or reflexive—considers such a frame the guidepost for making art in an uncertain age.
Across the main gallery floor, a pattern of removed and displaced tiles spell out “MIGRANT.” At one end is a split screen video depicting two mountains—El Popo and Mount Rainier—that initially seem to be still images, but in fact were shot in real time. Subtitled dialogue from Nicolas Sparks’ romance novels flash on screen, separated by 4’34” gaps. In the opposite gallery, small abstract paintings, made with facial moisturizer derived from deep-sea algae, resolve into faint impressions of 18th-century pastoral landscapes.
Paired lozenges featuring red, blue, and yellow watercolor sprayed in successive layers onto paper embossed with a grid occupy odd places around the galleries. They refer to the point at which landscape becomes abstraction in the early 20th century, as well as to the more recent theory of emergence, in which a simple rule set repeated (here the order and dilution of pigment) generates seemingly intelligent, organic form. Through this reversal—of abstraction back into landscape—and others, Et in Arcadia Ego suggests the fallibility, indeed infelicity, of certainty today.
Christopher K. Ho (b. Hong Kong) lives and works in New York City. He is represented by |EDS| GALERIA in Mexico City and Winkleman Gallery in New York. Recent exhibitions include: the Incheon Biennale (2009) and the Busan Biennale (2008), both in Korea; the Chinese Biennial, Beijing (2008); Landscape As Litmus, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Srpska (2008); Cultivate, MASSMoCA at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens (2008); and Happy Birthday, Winkleman Gallery, New York (2008). He received his M.Phil and M.A. from Columbia University, and his B.F.A. and B.S. from Cornell University.
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