If you hadn’t had the chance to catch Liquid Truth by Xue Mu, held at Yeo’s Workshop in Gillman Barracks. There is still time to catch the art exhibition, from now to 19 Mar.
We often interpret meaning from our existing knowledge – and, in this exhibition, Xue Mu uses various mediums to capture her viewer’s attention. Prepare to be embraced in monochromatic and minimalist installations, and be confronted by large-scale drawings that will definitely set you thinking.
Deconstructing the iconic Rodin’s The Thinker and renaissance masterpiece’s Michelangelo’s David, Liquid Truth presents a body of work created through a series of re-photographing, where the iconic images are subjected to distortion, repeatedly photographed in the process. The playful distortion of the three-dimensional statue is rendered in two-dimensionality, depicting a layering of visual and conceptual experiences, each more removed from the first, where truth appears to be liquid.
Liquid Truth questions the reliance on interpretation of existing knowledge, and so Mu’s work creates a perceptual distance from the original and its associations, deconstructing subjectivity in the process of understanding. The distance from an original evokes an awareness of the fixedly familiar ways in which our lives seem to be organised. A departure from an understanding based on reference to established knowledge thus gives birth to new ways of thinking and perceiving in Mu’s current iteration of Liquid Truth.
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