BARRY MCGEE: THE OTHER SIDE | Hong Kong, Perrotin

Perrotin’s new major exhibition sees the San Francisco artist completely take over the space, covering the main auditorium and two further exhibition rooms, as well as the corridor linking them all, with a selection of new works, ephemera, and archival materials. Absolutely nothing has any description: we have no idea what anything is called; when anything was made; who any of the photographed or illustrated figures are; or whether the artist bought the item or made it himself.

The main auditorium welcomes you with McGee’s signature “boil” installation, with hundreds of framed works bulging out from the gallery wall in a display of colourful absurdity and abundance. Elsewhere, he has created signs for the non-existent “Hong Kong Contemporary Art Centre”, one of which has the pun subheading: “HONG KONG CONTEMPT”. There’s also an advert for Perrotin itself: McGee does not distinguish between fantasy and reality.

This preoccupation with creating fake history crosses over into his invented persona of Lydia Fong, and this name can be spotted cropping up in pieces all over the exhibition, including a small plate that looks like it has been stolen from a nearby budget café, but is in fact the artist’s own elaborate creation.

This is the first time McGee has exhibited in the region, where part of his heritage lies, which he has put to good use in terms of some Hong Kong-specific new works. The more you stare at McGee’s seemingly random piles of stuff, the more you find extraordinary and infuriating mysteries.

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Save the date! Barry McGee’s solo exhibition at Perrotin Hong Kong opens on October 10, marking his first exhibition with the gallery. Featuring a selection of new works, ephemera, and archival materials from the San Francisco-based artist, ‘The Other Side’ will showcase McGee’s ever-evolving, often humorous, imagery through his characteristic depictions of varied environments and social vernaculars. The show will also mark the artist’s first solo exhibition in the region, where part of his heritage lies. McGee, who is American- born, is of partial Chinese descent. — 三藩市藝術家貝瑞·麥吉於貝浩登香港的個展《彼岸》將於10月10日開幕,各位萬勿錯過! 《彼岸》是貝瑞·麥吉於貝浩登以及大中華區的首次個展,將陳列多件新作、現成作品及典藏,呈現麥吉不斷演化的幽默美學,以及他對不同環境和社群的獨特描繪。麥吉生於美國,有部分華人血統。 — Barry McGee, ‘The Other Side’ 📍 Perrotin Hong Kong 📆 October 10 – November 9, 2019 — #BarryMcGee #TheOtherSide #Perrotin #PerrotinHongKong — Image from zine. © Barry McGee; Courtesy of the artist, Perrotin, and Ratio 3, San Francisco.

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Running 10 Oct – 9 Nov 2019 at Perrotin, 17/F, 50 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong.

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