Hugo Boss Prize Winner Exhibits at Guggenheim


Paul Chan, Plow Highness, 2013
Cords and video projector with digital color video, silent, 15.2 x 436.9 x 297.2 cm overall
Installation view: Paul Chan – Selected Works, Schaulager, Basel, April 12–October 19, 2014
Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York
© Paul Chan. Photo: Tom Bisig, Basel

The winner of the Hugo Boss Prize 2014, Paul Chan, is exhibiting his work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from March 6 to May 13, the museum announced on February 11.

Comprising the first stateside presentation of Chan’s series Nonprojections (2013– ) — a series of video projectors and jury-rigged, power-conducting shoes connected by specially designed cords — the work reflects Chan’s multifaceted and often experimental oeuvre, which includes animated projections, community-based performances, conceptual typefaces, and digital and print publishing.

In Nonprojections, projectors’ lenses flicker and strobe as if outputting videos; yet there is no surface on which images could appear, rendering the would-be projections illegible phantoms. Chan likens these to “ghostly visual impressions that one conjures up in one’s mind when reading a good (or bad) book.” The exhibition will also include a new work that is described by the artist as “a sculptural animation” composed of white nylon fabric set in motion by industrial fans — evoking “an otherworldly apparition.”

The annual prize, established by the German luxury fashion brand and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1996, honors artists who have made a visionary contribution to the field of contemporary art. Chan is the 10th artist to receive the Hugo Boss Prize.