Lisson Gallery

Between Being and Becoming

Shanghai, 29 July – 2 September 2023

Between Being and Becoming

Sarah Cunningham  |  Emily Moore  |  Yuki Sakuta  |  Shi Jiayun

This group exhibition presents four artists testing the slippages between imagery, language, nature and the passage of time. These artists all share a joy in the fleeting, the wild and the contingent, as well as a fluidity of thought and expression that permeates their practices. Albert Camus complained that the people of our times suffer from an inability to possess the world completely enough and as posited in Zygmunt Bauman's Liquid Modernity the modern condition is also one lacking in solidity and so leaving us all caught in a constant state of becoming, experiencing perpetual immediacy: “Instantaneity (nullifying the resistance of space and liquefying the materiality of objects) makes every moment seem infinitely capacious; and infinite capacity means that there are no limits to what could be squeezed out of any moment – however brief and ‘fleeting’”. 

Sarah Cunningham's works exist forever in the act of making, as if in constant flux, her wooded landscapes and imaginary wildernesses seemingly being carved or pulled out of the canvases in front of our eyes. Her nocturnal process of working through the night and her continuous painterly enhancements and erasures represent a high wire balancing act of painting, with final refinements being made almost up until their moment of display. 

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