instant hutong fills beijing gallery with 180 colored canvases
instant hutong fills beijing gallery with 180 colored canvases instant hutong fills beijing gallery with 180 colored canvases
apr 07, 2014

instant hutong fills beijing gallery with 180 colored canvases

instant hutong fills beijing gallery with 180 colored canvases
(above) ‘180 canvases’, 2014
fabric canvas, acrylic colors, metal wire, staples
all images courtesy of marcella campa and stefano avesani





‘180 canvases’, by designers marcella campa and stefano avesani of instant hutong, is a site specific installation which fills the arrow factory gallery in jianchang hutong, beijing — a former vegetable stand which now hosts exhibitions. playing with the original concept of the space — a store-front facing the main street — the addition of vibrantly colored panels in a three-dimensional formation catches the attention of passing-by viewers. graphics and found materials are integrated into a previously private, now exposed public space. the contrast of a bold wunderkammer featuring 180 hand-painted canvases juxtaposes the grey color of surrounding walls. the installation reminds viewers of the local tradition of chinese paper cutting as well as the ubiquitous hanging clothes lines which is referenced by the wire holding sheets in place. the work will be on display until april 30th 2014.

the installation at the arrow factory gallery

layers of sheets are suspended on thin wires

colored canvasses hung from the ceiling

viewed through the window of the beijing gallery



a render visualizes how a viewer might interact with the installation


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