Shan Hur's sculptural interventions disrupt the viewer's perception of the white cube as an art container, directly implicating the gallery space as an active element in the artwork itself. The ideas which inform his practice derive from a careful examination of construction sites and closed shops, fascinated by the moment of transition when a particular space is reconfigured for a new purpose. During this transition the polished veneer of the city is temporarily removed, thereby exposing its farcical nature, and the mechanisms by which this veneer is generated.
For ACQUISITION (London Art Fair 2011 - Art Projects), Hur exposes and plays with the facade of the exhibition space, transforming it into a site of discovery. Rather than the passive role in which the viewer traditionally receives sculpture within the context of the gallery, here he becomes an active participant, in what seems to be an excavation. Though the participatory aspects of Hur's work are mental rather than physical, they uncage an inquisitive imagination, evoking memories of the adventures and discoveries made during childhood.