Material Terrain

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Material Terrain

49 Geary St.
Suite 540
94108 San Francisco
July 17th, 2008 - August 23rd, 2008

Other (outside areas listed)
Tue-Sat 10:30-5:30


In keeping with our annual tradition of summer group sculpture exhibitions, Haines Gallery
is pleased to announce “Material Terrain”, an investigation into the physicality of place by 10
contemporary visual artists through a time and perception-based lens each working with varied
In this look at contemporary landscape-based sculpture, the exhibition explores the relationship
between the natural and constructed world, employing diverse materiality and ideologies, and
through these conceptually diverse projects, brings attention to the often contradictory perceptual
moments that collectively represent the complexity of the time in which we live.
Alongside artists represented by Haines Gallery - Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash, Alan Rath,
Yoshitomo Saito, Dustin Yellin, and Zhan Wang - there is a unique opportunity to see a recent
work by the prominent sculptor and conceptual artist Ai Weiwei.
His signature work “Colored Vases” incorporates Neolithic vases that have been splattered with
brightly colored paint. Though they carry the “aesthetic code” of the period of their creation, this
transmogrification of value from ancient to contemporary as a conceptual gesture disrupts its
stability and calls into question the value of the object. As such, its conflicting layers of imagery
create a complex commentary on the time and place in which it resides.
The installation by Qiu Zhijie speaks on another level to the descriptor of place. By tracing a
route of pilgrimage through Tibet from one significant spiritual site to another and employing
a ritual of placing stones to form Cairns along the way, this installation juxtaposes an internal
sense of place with the physical construct resultant from said place. An electronic map descrip-
tor alongside physical evidence of this movement through space expands the notion of place as
ritual, as electronic directive, as internal meditative place, as defined through deed or finally as
perceived political act.