1a space proudly presents Beyond Matter, a solo exhibition by Louis Nixon.
Beyond Matter, an exhibition of recent work by Hong Kong based British artist Louis Nixon. New paintings and films question the physicality and nature of rocks in an installation that explores cosmic time and the origins of the universe, through rocks that float, fall and move.
Exhibition period: 6th - 27th September 2020
Time: Tuesdays to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm (closed on Mondays)
Venue: 1a space, Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
▣ Private View (By Invitation only)
5th September 2020 (Saturday) 11am
▣ Opening reception
5th September 2020 (Saturday) 6:30pm
▣ Artist Talk
9th September 2020 (Wednesday) 6:30pm
▣ Artist-led Guided tour
19th September 2020 (Saturday) 6:30pm
** Cattle Depot Artist Village is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. The exhibition will be shown by virtual exhibition until further notice on the opening hours. Details of the public programmes will also be announced later. Please stay tuned to 1a space's website and social media pages!
Nixon has been working with rocks since 2010, exploring their unique qualities through painting, film, photography, sound and kinetic sculpture. Building upon previous work on mountains and minerals, Nixon has become increasingly fascinated by rocks, their shape, size, texture, colour, the sounds they make and how they appear and behave in the world. Beyond Matter is an exhibition and installation of new work in film and painting, which explores the physicality and nature of rocks from three perspectives and through three separate but inter-related works. Falling (2020) is a looped digital film of a falling rock captured from a car dashcam. Moving (2016-20) is a digital video work of a large hand made kinetic rock which moves on its own accord. Floating (2018-20) is a series of paintings from a collection of rocks and materials extracted from the landscape.
Louis Nixon (b.1965) is a British artist living and working in Hong Kong. Nixon studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and postgraduate sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Before joining HKBU as the Director of the Academy of Visual Arts in 2018 he was Head of the School of Fine Art and the Associate Dean for Research at Kingston School of Art, London. His practice encompasses painting, sculpture, installation and experimental film, often presented as multi-media installations in galleries and public spaces.
Nixon founded the collective Space Explorations in 1990 and as artist, director and curator, participated in large-scale interventions in response to specific sites. Nixon’s work is underpinned by an ongoing engagement with an expanded sculptural practice including kinetic sculptures, sound works, films and paintings, which combine a manipulation of technology with the creation of new modes of presentation. His work has been exhibited internationally in Armenia, Australia, Chile, China, Italy, Poland, Serbia, and the United Kingdom.