The upcoming exhibition «Clutch» will display for the first time the brand new look of ShanghART H-Space after the recent renovation. The exhibition invites BIRDHEAD, CHEN Xiaoyun, DING Yi, GENG Jianyi, HU Jieming, JI Wenyu and ZHU Weibing, KAN Xuan, LIANG Shaoji, SHEN Fan, SUN Xun, TANG Maohong, XU Zhen, YANG Fudong, YU Youhan, YANG Zhenzhong, ZHANG Ding, ZHANG Enli and ZHOU Tiehai to show individual as well as collective works from both earlier and more recent years. Many of those works were seldom accessible to the public before. The audience is allowed the chance to judge the difference between old and new works and to discover the deeper context within, hence the exhibition title «Clutch».
The word «Clutch» refers to a mechanical device that helps a car run smoothly by providing the transmission of power from one component to another. However, it is easy to likewise find the so-called «Clutch Phenomenon» in the art world. From an intermediate perspective, it can be observed in the relationship between the artists and the gallery. The power transmitted promotes the artists’ creations, while at the same time lifting the gallery to new heights. Meanwhile, you can also find the phenomenon to be present in different periods of each of the artists’ works, as well as in the contrast or links between their old and new pieces. Through each transmission of motion and power the connection forms a clear relationship between the various works.