A+ Contemporary is pleased to invite you to come to our booth 1C34 at 2018 Art Basel Hong Kong. We will present Morgan Wong‘s latest solo project “An Inch of Time; An Inch of Gold” in the Discoveries sector.
Morgan Wong’s latest work, An Inch of Time; An Inch of Gold, continues the artist’s investigations into time as a predicament. The installation includes two major elements: blinking LED texts and absurdly proportioned, cheaply-made gold-plated wristwatches. The phrase ‘an inch of time for an inch of gold’ comes from a Chinese proverb addressing the immaterial nature of time, surpassing materiality. Wong’s endeavor to stop time by pouring concrete in watch-faces is obviously a wasted effort. The larger-than-life watches speak, nevertheless, to the materiality of time. A piece of real gold is buried in one of the watches, but this too remains as mysterious and irrepressible as the concept of time. The preciousness and the transcendence of the time, the cheapness of the watches, time’s immaterial nature and its materiality, therefore form various sets of paradoxical binaries, unfolding a multi-dimensional definition about time to the viewers.