HONG KONG, June 10, 2013 – Spring Workshop is pleased to announce the completion of its first major exhibition, The Universe of Naming, by leading Chinese artist and teacher Qiu Zhijie 邱志杰. The series of installations takes over the space at Spring, a non-profit art space in the emerging art district of industrial Wong Chuk Hang.
A series of programs for art enthusiasts of all ages will run until the exhibition ends on August 18. Regular guided tours in English and Cantonese will be available on weekends. Spring will also host group visits for 10 or more people.
Following the success of previous student workshops, Spring will hold an additional educational workshop on Sunday, July 14. The workshop, “Mapping Your Body”, is aimed at children aged between 8-12 years. Led by artist Clara Cheung of C&G Artpartment, the 2-hour session is a conceptual art workshop that will enable participants to connect directly to the exhibition through drawing, collage and mapping.
The Universe of Naming features large maps that re-imagine the world, examining its geographical and conceptual terrains in an immersive, interactive experience. Visitors can navigate freely through the space, exploring a landscape made of found, made, free and confined objects.
In the piece entitled "Playground", 256 globes made of steel, wood and glass represent ideologies, political actions, emotions and natural disasters. The spheres can be moved around and placed throughout the space by visitors, who thus create their own interpretations of the world.
The maps are the latest incarnation of Qiu's "Blueprints" exhibition at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in the Netherlands, which in turn informed his concept as Chief Curator of the 9th Shanghai Biennale in 2012. Qiu Zhijie said the exhibition was partly inspired by the multi-purpose spaces at Spring.
“The adaptability of both Spring's physical space and the organization itself invite the artist to react and produce a radical, penetrating kind of art work,” he said. “You cannot show works here meant for a white cube or a black box. You need to do something that has the ability to permeate the spaces of daily life.”
In keeping with Qiu’s educational philosophy of prioritizing sociological inquiry, intervention and participation, Spring recently invited students from several local universities and schools to participate in a two-day workshop where they helped the artist to create the installation.
"Qiu Zhijie is an esteemed teacher and the ideal artist to foster exchange between generations, between cities and between artistic practices,” said Spring’s founder, Mimi Brown. “It was powerful to see the next generation of Hong Kong’s artists soak in Qiu’s carefully considered approach to making and thinking about art.”