Source materials were part of the conceptual constellation of I Think It Rains, a joint collaboration between Burger Collection and 1a space took place at the Cattle Depot Artist Village in To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong from May 17 to June 30, 2013.
Situated in To Kwa Wan’s Cattle Depot, Hong Kong’s only alternative art village, the exhibition I Think It Rains became the quaint interruption for art aficionados from the animations of the ‘art month’ of May. Here, site-specific interventions and large-scale installations merged with the raw structures of the Victorian-style buildings. As critic Lee Hyo-won put it in BlouinArtinfo, “as you step into the warehouse-like structure it begins to feel like you’re invading the artist’s studio—and in a way it is.” Visitors could leaf through source materials, placed throughout the six exhibition halls. Compiled onto shelves, the source material folders were full of notes, photographs, drawings, and findings on topics as varied as caves, crystals, African masks, twin façades, empty studio spaces, and many more. They allowed one to construct a parallel reading, one that was different from the experience of contemplating the works. Collaterally, a festival with real-time activities by some fifteen artists was organized (see more at http://www.ithinkitrains.org.)
Shelves with source material in the various spaces of “I Think It Rains” referred to the specific work exhibited, or to the artist’s practice at large. This material was purposefully not presented in the same room with the work as it is not primarily to be viewed as illustration or explanation. Rather it directed the attention to the processes underlying a work. Amongst the types of materials were sketches, collages, photographs, scripts, quotes, newspaper articles, diagrams, copies of books, texts, Google maps etc.
The source material might encourage a reflection on how works are constructed and imagined—conceptually, philosophically, or poetically. The source material was chosen and put together by the artist him- or herself. It exemplifies different ways in which artists collect information, formalize observations, integrate context, or test out certain paths of inquiry. It can be understood as a specific language of study.
Snapshots of some of the contributed source materials (click to enlarge)
Choi Yan Chi