March 28th, 2018
As a collaborative exhibition between the Nock Art Foundation and This is NOT a Gallery, mediocre features works highlighting emerging talent from Hong Kong’s cultural underbelly. Bridging the gap between the Nock Art Foundation’s established audience and the inclusive network of young creatives surrounding This is NOT a Gallery, the show challenges the hierarchical structure of the art and culture scene along with the labels that maintain divisions.
The artists use varying artistic vocabulary to explore the power dynamic associated with labels. The power they represents to us as apposed to the power they bear over us. The show encompasses a broad range of media from painting and photography to audio-visual installation and experimental textile design. Each artist approaches the idea of mediocrity from a unique perspective, offering both deviating interpretations and unifying truths. The work itself, presented in an alternative fashion, encourages the audience to interact with the pieces and consider the implications of the term “mediocre” within the context of art.
Instant gratification has become the norm as a result of modern technology. Our collective attention span has shortened considerably with certain studies suggesting that since the year 2000 the average attention span has dropped to eight seconds. A gold fish, in comparison, has an attention span of nine seconds. In an effort to cater to this shift in our culture, entertainment has conformed to our diminishing standards. The arts are not exempt from this process. Audiences have come to demand fast and easily digestible art, a niche for mediocre art.
By elevating artwork by emerging artists with the resources of the Nock Art Foundation, the myth of mediocrity is challenged. The question of how a shift in focus influences artistic mediums becomes apparent. The exhibition takes aim at the labels we use to define art and methodically breaks them down.