Rossi & Rossi is pleased to present Rasheed Araeen’s large-scale installation, House of Red Bamboo, conceived and created especially for the Encounters sector of Art Basel Hong Kong 2017.
Based on Araeen’s seminal structure, To Whom It May Concern—the first lawn installation completed for the Serpentine Gallery, London, and installed there for three months in 1996—House of Red Bamboo references the venerated artist’s long-standing investigations into geometric and architectural structures as post-Modernist representations of non-compositional forms, and metaphorically their reference to utopian ideologies following the Constructivist and De Stijl movements.
Reconfigured in distinct Hong Kong fashion—using lattice-rigged bamboo scaffolding—the installation draws immediate reference to the infrastructure of the city. Indeed, local contractors skilled in the ancient trade will construct the structure. House of Red Bamboo also takes reference from the public performance structures, like those used for Chinese Opera and Festival Stages—part of the cultural fabric of Hong Kong.
Like Araeen’s three previous projects comprised of scaffolding—Garden of Love at the First Tyne International (1990), To Whom It May Concern at the Serpentine Gallery (1996) and Where There’s a Will There’s a Way at the 11th Sydney Biennale (1998)—House of Red Bamboo relies on inherent temporality: the artwork will be dismantled and the materials returned for their industrial use. Balancing form with ideology, Araeen aligns non-hierarchical structures with a belief in egalitarian societies. House of Red Bamboo will draw its audience into both a physical environment as well as an ideological experiment.