Emotion and movement

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 23 Jan 2019

Twai Kwun Contemporary in Central is a very impressive 1,500-square-meter, purpose-built, museum-class gallery space, and if you like avant-garde video works this is the right time to go.

The gallery is hosting - quite briefly - an exhibition called Draw a Circle Twice. It is a selection of video artworks from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, Germany.

The works are described as drawing on choreography, repetition, circulation and emotional expansions in storytelling.

In Play Dead, Real Time by Douglas Gordon a circus elephant follows instruction from her trainer. Her movements are slow, but they are captured by camera work that turns the activity into something more rhythmic, even dance-like.

Stellenstellen by William Forsythe shows two actual dancers rotate and intertwine their bodies in a rehearsal.

In the same gallery, several pieces by Rosemarie Trockel provide a contrasting view of inanimate objects such as eggs coming to life.

Sara Cwynar's Soft Film introduces the viewer to the artist's collection of items bought on eBay. She discusses where the objects, such as jewelry boxes, might have come from.

John Baldessari's Six Colorful Tales: From the Emotional Spectrum (Women) asks six young females to each recall a key moment in their past. The background colors change to suggest their varying emotions, from joy to fear.

Good Boy Bad Boy by Bruce Nauman similarly explores changing emotions with two actors.

The exhibition closes this Friday, so be quick!

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee

standard@bernardchan.com

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