Size matters: a question of scale
Group Exhibition. Curated by Deborah Lim and Lisa polten
Exhibition Dates: 23 June - 22 July 2018
Opening: 23 June 2018, 5 - 7p.m.
Artist Conversation: Saturday, 7 July at 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
SIZE MATTERS: A Question of Scale discusses one of the issues most central to the making and reception of art: size. In considering art, the term scaleplays a fundamental role as it is the size of an art object in relation to another object. The relative size of an artwork tends to be compared to the size of the human body – giving rise to descriptive terms such as life-sized, miniature and monumental that use the human body as a benchmark or reference. Scale thus highlights the capacity of the artwork to respond to a specific location and place, while also calling into question the role of the viewer.
Scale opens up questions of agency in ways that compel reconsideration of what it means to be involved in the creation, circulation, and reception of visual art. Scale requires that viewers regard size as a crucial aspect that enables a material and physical entity to function convincingly as an artwork.
How does one think about size as internal to form, or, for that matter, how it frames the artwork as a function of responses between meaning and materiality? In short, scale forces viewers to rethink the artwork in the most visceral terms possible.