20/05/2023 - 24/06/2023
Contemporary - Installation
Lawrence Lek - Black Cloud Highway 黑云高速公路
Black Cloud Highway, Lawrence Lek’s second solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, is a new site-specific iteration of Lek’s CGI-film Black Cloud – the subject of the 4th VH AWARD Grand Prix – at the gallery’s Davies Street location in Mayfair. The work is the latest episode in his continuously expanding Sinofuturist universe, following his feature-length science fiction musical AIDOL, shown at the gallery in 2019.
Unfolding over two floors, Lek stages a multi-faceted architectural installation that expands Black Cloud as a total environment incorporating a collage of sculptural elements that frame a text-based video game, inviting the viewer into the film’s landscape.
The exhibition presents a significant new phase of what the artist describes as ‘site-specific simulation’: a unified spatial environment of media and architecture, composed in such a way that virtual realm and physical space hold equal weight. This meta-fictional environment invites the viewer to enter more fully into Lek’s narratives, heightening the intertwined experience of dread and transcendence that characterise his work.
Mayfair 1 Davies St, W1K 3DB