The Gallery is an interactive multimedia project initiated by Chinese artist Wang Xin. Anyone who is interested in showing at The Gallery may submit their work and exhibition proposals would be realised on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The idea for my application came to me after I read the statement of The Gallery Project, specifically from the practical aspect of the works submitted being destroyed after the exhibition. I correlated this with an art trivia: in 1972 Laszlo Toth gained international notoriety by vandalizing Michelangelo's Pietà statue.
Initially I wanted to paint the portrait of this man on a mirror and send it to be exhibited, only to ask the organizers to destroy the painting with a hammer after the show and film their action. The point would have been the fact that I consider such involvement from their part to be of high artistic significance, maybe higher that my painting of the image would have had. However, due to the difficulties of putting this idea into practice, I had to reconsider and actually make a home-made video in which I perform myself the gesture of smashing the projected portrait, an action which I am coating with secondary, less important, details and atmosphere.
For further information regarding this project, please visit the websites of C-Space or The Gallery
While working, 2 categories of parallel materials came to my attention and I kept them in my archive. One is a temporary installation with a painting, that you can find under painting 2014. Secondly, there are these 2 black&white photographs I find interesting and will most likely include in a further development.