“Tennis Court” is artist Xu Qu’s first large scale outdoor installation, and the second installment of the terrace project since our initial collaboration in the project “Control” with architect Wang Zhenfei. “Tennis Court”continues Xu Qu’s interest in studying movement of his previous line of thoughts, in focusing the momentary state observed in the movement of the object. The artist presents a 1/6 of a regular size tennis court for the viewers, and with the help of mechanical power, we can see the unique moments of a tennis ball in this court. This installation prompts us to inquire into the new ways of observation and the right of imagination.
Xu Qu, born in Jiansu Province in 1978, received a master degree in painting and film studies from the Braunschweig University of Art, Germany in 2008, who currently lives and works in Beijing.
The Terrace Project is an outdoor project established in 2013 at Taikang Space, a platform for cross-disciplinary artistic experiment. In collaboration with young artists, architects and designers on the third floor terrace of Taikang Space, it allows them to create works in an outdoor space of approximately 90 square meters, that aims to effectively explore on subjects such as public space in the contemporary artistic discourse, public art practice, concepts of the spectacle, and the multiple possibilities of the artist’s identity and etc.
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