Christopher K. Ho: Embassy S_ites
July 13 - August 18, 2019
Opening July 13, 6 - 9pm
Tomorrow Maybe is pleased to present Christopher K. Ho’s solo exhibition Embassy S_ites. The multi-component show, about the perils and potentials of transnationalism, includes new sculptural, sonic, interventionist, and two-dimensional work. The topic resonates with the artist, who since 2016 has with greater frequency returned to Hong Kong after living and working in the States for several decades.
An outsized SIM card propped up on two yoga mats greets the viewer and announces mobility as a theme. SIM Card is rendered in three sheets of plate glass which are gold-leafed on five sides. Acknowledging the exhibition’s location inside Eaton HK Hotel, the gallery has been resized to an average for hotel rooms. Occupying much of it is a bed with an elongated duvet cover that has been dyed using a batik technique. 3720 324038 71000’s dimensions and color matches that of an AmEx Platinum card. The numbers are John Podesta’s, a central figure in the Russian hacking of the US election. The letters “MER” are also highlighted, and recall a miniature bottle of Crème de la Mer on a shelf outside.
The roars of 747 Jumbo jets occasionally punctuate the space. Jumbo, a sound piece, nods to Jordan, once directly on the flight path to Kai Tak, where planes arrived and departed every 1 minute and 36 seconds. Airplanes, along with hotels, form an at times invisible infrastructure that eases and encourages the global circulation of bio-capital and ideas. Indeed, Hilton hotels once functioned as de facto US consulates. One of its sub-brands, Embassy Suites, informs the exhibition’s title: “Embassy S_ites” in WhatsApp’s typeset and distinct green dominates one wall.
Two final works, Triangle and Diplomacy, address key events for Hong Kong. Through a slit in one wall is Eaton Hotel’s own Christmas tree. It is accompanied by reproductions of two still lives in the White House’s collection that inspired Patricia Nixon’s Christmas decoration from 1972, the year of President Nixon’s groundbreaking visit to China—an event that arguable heralded today’s world order. Elsewhere are thirty glass balls with ornaments laser etched inside, and arranged as if they were cannonballs.
Diplomacy is a vertically stacked set of the 1984 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica cut at a 30 degree angle. Slipped inside the “Year in Review” volume, on the entry about the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, is a copy of Emperor Qianlong’s 1793 letter to King George III printed on vellum. At a moment of renewed nationalisms, Ho examines subjects, to use Aihwa Ong’s elegant phrase, who are “caught between two empires”—a phrase especially germane for Hong Kong, and for many of its residents.
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