From 8 May to 12 June, Perrotin Hong Kong is presenting “Spectrum,” a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Josh Sperling. This exhibition marks the artist’s first show in Hong Kong.
Drawing on the language of minimalist painting from the 1960s and 1970s and working primarily with shaped canvases, Sperling‘s breakthrough artwork depicts “squiggles“ and “double bubbles“ as painted sculptural forms. Freeing lines from a painting‘s physical limitations, his works are imbued with an organic life-like feel and a sense of joyful possibility.
In his debut exhibition in Hong Kong, Sperling installs a large, immersive squiggle piece consisting of his physical “lines” on the entirety of the three walls of one gallery room. The primary difference between this “squiggle” installation and the ones he has previously done in Shanghai (2020) and Paris (2019) is Sperling’s use of the spectrum to guide his colour choices. Never an artist to stand still, Sperling has the squiggles slowly shift in hue from red to violet, from orange to yellow, culminating in green and blue as the viewer looks around. In the second gallery room, different sized tondos made of double bubbles and circular forms hang on all the walls, covered in paint applied using abstract expressionist techniques.
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