Suddenly rain appeared on Monday around midday but weirdly the thunder and lightening continued directly overhead even though the rain stopped almost as quickly as it started. Black rain came overnight but did not disrupt Sigur Ros at the Asia World Expo who performed brilliantly but almost a little too perfectly despite a few aberrant pixels on their accompanying video.
The Chapman Brothers exhibition opened at White Cube gallery also on Tuesday and Jake was interviewed by Tim Marlow and questioned by the audience and journalists. There’s definitely connection between the music of Sigur Ros and the Chapmans’ vision of an apocalyptic yet somehow sublime universe that dishes out wonder and cruelty in equal measures. Their sculptures depict humans as ants, metaphorically speaking, illustrating the absolute pointlessness of existence and the bleakly ludicrous nature of this knowledge to sentient human beings. As Pozzo tells Vladimir, “they give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.”
Sadly the week has yet again whisked by and despite the excitement of Art Basel, here in town for the first time ever in Asia, alongside accompanying numerous other art fairs and related events around the city another JCCAC handicraft fair is looming, time is running out and the pots won’t make themselves. Need to get to work.