June 15, 2016 - Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art - Haegue Yang: An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds
June 15, 2016

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

Haegue Yang, Construction of An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds, 2016. Photo: Filipe Braga. © Fundação de Serralves, Porto.

Haegue Yang
An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds
June 22–December 18, 2016

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For the second Sonae//Serralves Commission, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art presents An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds by Korean artist Haegue Yang (Seoul, 1971) in the midst of the gardens of Serralves Park.

The newly commissioned work, An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds is composed of five partially arched towers, of varying dimensions constructed from brick and connected via a geometric layout of paving stones. Occupying an area of almost 70 square metres, this ambitious sculptural complex invites the viewer to walk around and between the hybrid landscape of its multiplying structures.

Yang’s sculptural approach conventionalizes the layout of Islamic symmetric geometry, notably the form of the hexagon, created by a subdivision of the circle into six equal divisions or folds. Square units of 72 x 72 cm serve as the footprint for the slabs and towers of varying heights and constructed from clay fired bricks in an accumulation of geometric configurations. The three different colour tones of the bricks contribute to the ornamental patterning of the towers and their interconnected facades. Embedded into and through Yang´s built complex are diverse types of plants and vegetation, including succulents, ivies, and grasses that are intended to grow, creep, flower and die over the six months of the commissioned work´s presence in the gardens of Serralves.

An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds eschews monolithic statement for living structure that merges the constructive and aesthetic application of mathematics with the organic cycles and transformations of the natural world. Sensory elements, such as the movement of air and wind that are a feature of Yang´s installations, are present in the aluminum turbine vents that sit atop An Opaque Wind Park. Inspired by the traditional wind towers used in buildings in the Arabian and Persian Gulf, Yang first used these standard construction structures for her installation An Opaque Wind at the 12th Sharjah Biennial in 2015. Integrated into the decorative programme of the towers, they become glittering kinetic elements that serve for the artist as a metaphor for migration and transitory encounters. Their signficance within the complex of towers, brick, vegetation and wildlife further reinforces the work as an expression of communities and the inter-relations required for co-existence within a globalized age.

The Sonae//Serralves Commission is curated by Suzanne Cotter, Director, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, assisted by curator Marta Moreira de Almeida.

A fully illustrated book that surveys previous outdoor works by Haegue Yang is being published to accompany the Commission. 


Also on view
Giorgio Griffa: Quasi Tutto

May 14–September 4, 2016

Silvestre Pestana: Technoform
May 26–September 18, 2016

Raw Material: A View of the Archive of Álvaro Siza
June 16–September 18, 2016
 

About Serralves
The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art is the foremost museum for contemporary art in Portugal, and one of Europe’s most renowned institutions for contemporary art and culture. Uniquely sited on the grounds of the Serralves Foundation, which also comprises a park and the Serralves Villa, a landmark art deco building, the Museum designed by Álvaro Siza opened in 1999. Through its exhibitions, collection, publications, performing arts, and public programmes, the Museum fosters the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and culture in Portugal and around the world.

About Sonae
Sonae is a multinational company present in over 70 countries, managing a diversified portfolio of businesses in retail, financial services, technology, shopping centres and telecommunications. Sonae’s mission is to create long-term economic and social value, taking the benefits of progress and innovation to an ever growing number of people. Culture is part of Sonae’s corporate responsibility policy, which aims to promote creativity and innovation, stimulating new tendencies and bringing society closer to art, namely through important cultural events that foster enriching personal and collective development experiences. 

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