Ghislaine Leung

Ghislaine Leung, VIOLETS 2, 2018. Installation view: Netwerk, Aalst, Belgium, 2019 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York. Photo: Iwein De Keyzer

Ghislaine Leung, VIOLETS 2, 2018. Installation view: Netwerk, Aalst, Belgium, 2019 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York. Photo: Iwein De Keyzer

Ghislaine Leung, VIOLETS 2, 2018. Installation view: Netwerk, Aalst, Belgium, 2019 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York. Photo: Iwein De Keyzer

Ghislaine Leung, VIOLETS 2, 2018. Installation view: I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2019 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York. Photo: ReadsReads.info

Ghislaine Leung’s playful interventions often take a critical look at art galleries, examining the circumstances affecting art’s production and exhibition. Her work is mainly concept-driven, examining ideas as much as objects. In Constitution (2019) she worked with sound, light, scale and temperature to address the conditions under which art and its audience come together. In the case of VIOLETS 2 (2018) and Shrooms (2016) she uses deceptively minimal means and readymade objects to highlight what is often unnoticed in institutions. VIOLETS 2  lays bare an institution’s hidden infrastructures, while Shrooms reveals the exhibition space’s concealed electrical circuitry, like a mycorrhizal network.

 

Ghislaine Leung‌ ‌(born‌ ‌1980,‌ ‌Stockholm,‌ ‌Sweden)‌ ‌lives‌ ‌and‌ ‌works‌ ‌in‌ ‌London.‌ ‌

Ghislaine Leung, VIOLETS 2, 2018. Installation view: I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2019 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York. Photo: ReadsReads.info

In my work there is the hoarding and then there is the editing, the removals. I am a subtractionist not a minimalist. Minimalism invokes precision, a certain economy, whereas subtractionism removes, it leaves these dirty looming tears.

– Ghislaine Leung

Ghislaine Leung, Power Relations, 2019. Installation view: ESSEX STREET, New York, USA © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York

Ghislaine Leung, Power Relations, 2019. Installation view: ESSEX STREET, New York, USA © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York
Ghislaine Leung, Shrooms, 2016 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York

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Ghislaine Leung, Shrooms, 2016 © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York