Mirror Mirror Bright, beautiful and endlessly thought-provoking… Pause to reflect on these stand-out contemporary pieces from Mayfair art galleries selected by MELISSA SCALLAN Song Dong Witnessing the rampant demolition and reconstruction of cities across China has impacted the life and work of Chinese multidisciplinary artist Song Dong. He describes the constant destruction of the landscape as “the epitome of the society, also the pain” and how [his] art “allows us to retain a time that is no longer usable”. Song values and includes the humblest of materials in his work: from water, food and everyday objects to discarded furniture and shards of porcelain found along roadsides. In creating artworks from the useless, the neglected and the detritus of old Beijing, he’s confronting issues such as impermanence, waste and consumerism. The salvaged window panels, from his most recent series, might be regarded as the useless by-product of modernisation. However, by carefully enhancing each window with vibrant coloured mirror or glass and then assembling the panels into reflective sculptures, he elevates the everyday to high art. Exhibited at Frieze London, where over 160 galleries showed artworks, Song’s large scale, attractive and unusual window panel works achieved the near impossible: they were distinctive and eye-catching. For more information, see pacegallery.com
▶ USEFULNESS OF USELESSNESS – VARIED WINDOW NO. 13 (2019): Old wooden windows, mirror, mirror panel, glass, 192cm × 258cm × 8cm. Courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery.
Hedge Magazine – Issue 56 – The Mayfair Issue