969 CHUNG KING ROAD
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 12pm – 5pm
Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present In Order of Appearance, a group exhibition curated by Dylan Palmer, with works by Carla Edwards, Gustavo Godoy, Max Jansons, Ben Medansky, Adrian Paules, Jennifer Rochlin, Paul Anthony Smith, and Brad Spence.
Currently we find a material like clay and all the decorative processes associated with it being rediscovered, when for many it has always been there. In his recent article, Pattern and Prejudice, historian David Wade touches on the origins and state of distinctions between craft and art. His premise, paraphrased, is that decorative arts (and symmetrical patterns in art) have been relegated to an inferior position within the history of art because of their association with women and non-European ethnicities.
To help make his point, in Vers Une Architecture, Le Corbusier states that “Decoration is suited to simple races, peasants and savages”. Wade states that “These prejudices run deep. It means that however inspired or skilled a given creative work, if it contains obvious symmetries or patterns it risks tumbling into that lesser category of mere decoration – a perception which, in light of the many radical changes that Art has undergone in the past century or so, is beginning to look patently absurd.”
The artists in this exhibition are using symmetry, ornamentation, pattern, form, and materials in a manner that both connects their work to craft, and pushes it out of known boundaries. These works offer simple and uncomplicated aesthetic pleasure, as much as they show that any material is capable of carrying layers.