Book Release for Hu Fang: Garden of Mirrored Flowers
8 Dec 2010
5:00PM - 7:00PM
195 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
English, 13 x 21 cm, Sternberg Press & Vitamin Creative Space, 2010, 192 Pages, ISBN 978-1-934105-15-3, € 19
Wednesday, December 8, 5-7 PM, 2010
Printed Matter is pleased to present three book launches this coming week—Garden of Mirrored Flowers by Hu Fang on Wednesday, December 8, Curating and the Educational Turn with editors Paul O’Neill and Mick Wilson on Friday, December 10, and The Open Daybook with editor David P. Earle on Saturday, December 11. All receptions will take place between 5-7 PM at the Printed Matter storefront located at 195 Tenth Avenue, between 21st and 22nd Street, in New York City.
Hu Fang’s latest work, Garden of Mirrored Flowers, is an adaptation and reinvention of a classic Chinese novel from the Qing Dynasty, Jin Hua Yuan(Flowers in the Mirror). Mixing text and images to tell the story of an architect in the process of designing a theme park, the work becomes a “documentary” that traces the question Do we still have a real relationship with reality? The text incorporates television advertisements, stock market summaries, cell phone messages and shopping lists, attempting to explore how these things are threaded through the contemporary “real,” how they function as dramatic events and, in the end, form a story.
Culminating with the park’s opening ceremony, the work addresses the complex way art serves as a script for reality and offers some possibilities towards constructing new spaces in an existence marked and regulated by globalization.
Public Discussion: Starting at 6 PM, Hu Fang will conduct a brief conversation on the book and his larger body of work. He will be joined by Doryun Chong, the Associate Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA.
Co-published by Sternberg Press and Vitamin Creative Space, Garden of Mirrored Flowers is 192 pages, soft cover, and retails for $25.00. It can be purchased at Printed Matter’s storefront or online here.
Hu Fang is a novelist, art critic, and the co-founder and artistic director of Vitamin Creative Space, a project and gallery space dedicated to contemporary art exploration and searching for an independent working mode, specifically geared to the contemporary Chinese context. He lives and works in Beijing and Guangzhou.