Blindspot Gallery is delighted to present Mainland Chinese artist Li Jun’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong "Impermanent Instant", featuring his photographic series Impermanent Instant, winner of the 2013 Three Shadows Photography Award. The paradoxically named series exemplifies Li's photographic language that evokes the intangible by illuminating its absence.
Impermanent Instant was shot over the course of three years (2008 - 2011) after the artist had let the objects in his Chengdu apartment sit and become layered with dust for one year. In tracing the contours left in dust by everyday objects like slippers, vase, remote control and hangers, the photos draw the viewers' focus to the impermanence of existence.
Against the invisible yet reeling film of time, human life and its temporal concerns fade into the void. The entire creative process is a combination of performance art, installation and photography that encapsulates and distills the subject.
Beyond its philosophical connotations, the metaphor of dust also alludes to the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake that fills the backdrop of Li's creation of Impermanent Instant. The images are muted echoes of the nation's trauma which seems to have faded, along with the material objects, into the void of time. In simple yet intricate compositions, the artist conveys a singular perception that is characteristic of his work. For Li, the photographic instant offers no consolation for the living, but a glimpse into the impermanence of life.
Li Jun will be present at the opening reception. Media interviews are welcome and can be arranged.
Li Jun was born in 1977 in Chongqing, China. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts with a major in Photography. He recently won the 2013 Three Shadows Photography Award. Li currently lives and works in Chengdu, China.
Tuesday - Saturday
From 11am until 7pm
- Li Jun, A Kitchen Knife in Kitchen, 2008, Archival pigment print, 60 x 75 cm (Edition of 5) 26 x 32.5 cm (Edition of 8) (Image courtesy of artist and Blindspot Gallery)
- Li Jun, Another Elliptical Vase, 2008, Archival pigment print, 60 x 75 cm (Edition of 5) 26 x 32.5 cm (Edition of 8) (Image courtesy of artist and Blindspot Gallery)
- Li Jun, For Individual Use, 2008, Archival pigment print, 60 x 75 cm (Edition of 5) 26 x 32.5 cm (Edition of 8) (Image courtesy of artist and Blindspot Gallery)