PROJECTS presents a series of thought-provoking, large scale installations situated throughout the Fair.
For 2018, PROJECTS featured two important facets of contemporary art practice: progressive mediums such as technology, augmented reality and kinetic art, alongside insightful historical and cultural narratives. Six cutting-edge installations were selected, featuring: PENELOPE DAVIS (Australia); JUN ONG (Malaysia); YANG JUNG UK (South Korea); ENTANG WIHARSO (Indonesia); ANDREA WOLF (Chile) and KAROLINA ZIULKOSKI (Brazil); and ZHANG XIAODONG (China).
book installation using Accordion-Dragon scale binding
Presented by Sin Sin Fine Art
Zhang Xiaodong is known for reviving the lost and ancient Chinese technique of Dragon-Scale binding. Zhang is the first individual to revive this intricate method, and will present an exemplary artwork in PROJECTS. Taking over four years to complete the process, Zhang employs his innovative accordion-dragon scale binding technique to present “Dream of the Red Chamber”, widely recognised as one of the four great novels of classical Chinese literature. Audiences of Art Central are invited to rediscover the cornerstone of Chinese culture, reinterpreted through the contemporary lens.
Yang Jung Uk
335 x 520x 42 0cm
Presented by Gallery Hyundai
Yang Jung Uk is primarily recognised for his kinetic sculptures, that seeks to formatively unravel the rhythms and sequences of daily life. Yang’s work consists of lyrical texts derived from his personal experiences, which are transformed into kinetic sculptures made of wood, thread and other materials. Repetitive kinetic elements — from motors and LED lights within the sculptures — realise and reflect the narrative texts that accompany each of his works. "Scenery of Dialogue" - a special commission for Art Central - is the artist's first ever mobile work, creating kinetic movement without the use of electrical power.
LED light installation
Presented by Richard Koh Fine Art
Silicone, nylon thread, plastic
Presented by MARS Gallery
Penelope Davis uses jellyfish as a motif to examine consumption, environmental degradation and other critical issues associated with global warming. Her installation comprises of silicone moulds cast from the detritus of mass production from discarded industrial devices, electrical equipment, mundane plastic items, to organic vegetation and other sources. Selected individual works are lit from within using programmed LED lighting to animate the installation to create an immersive installation that recalls the uncanny, dream-like space of the ocean depths. The work poetically evokes the symbiosis between the human and natural worlds suggesting a future evolution that is both monstrous and beautiful.
My Heart is Bigger than You Think 
Aluminum, resin, color pigment, thread
147 x 434 cm
Presented by Marc Straus
Entang Wiharso is one of the most prominent Indonesian artists, having represented his country at the 2013 Venice Biennale. He practices across a wide variety of mediums and his works subject matter is derived from his own personal experiences and are embedded with a strong examination of the predominant socio-political conditions of his home country. Wiharso’s practice allows him to investigate the human condition, and the complexity of hate, fanaticism, religion, and ideology. PROJECTS will present one of the artist’s highly recognisable relief sculptures, which references traditional Javanese motifs, alongside elements of contemporary living to form his critique on the 21st century.
Andrea Wolf and Karolina Ziulkoski
Presented by Isabel Croxatto Galerie
This work is a collaborative project by Andrea Wolf and Karolina Ziulkoski, employing augmented reality technology, the work seeks to expose the disturbing parallels between current global affairs and the pre-war turmoil of 1937. The installation situates the viewer in a 1937 living room, where the focal point is a television set playing archive news footage from the period. The newsreel ends with an ominous message of reading “in the hands of these five men rested the destiny of the world: Mikado, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.“ Viewers are invited to review the newsreel through an iPad, programmed with an augmented reality app. The news of 1937 is eerily layered and juxtaposed with present day news, striking a disconcerting parallel.