Jin Shan - Let Loose: Online Auction Hong Kong Thursday, June 29, 2023 | Phillips
  • Rife with art historical references, Tabula Rasa evokes Jin Shan’s wry sense of self-awareness and humour. Throughout the artist’s protean oeuvre, the process of material creation and destruction are themes that tend to preoccupy his works, serving as poignant meditations on time. In 2013, the artist turned to working predominantly with plastic as he admires the incredible flexibility and malleability of the medium and its ability to be easily melted, poured, stretched and sculpted.


    The present work references the universal concept that the mind is a tabula rasa – existing in the absence of preconceived ideas and embracing the notion of beginning with a clean slate. Tabula Rasa serves as Jin Shan’s unique representation of the widely celebrated sculpture The Apollo Belvedere in the Vatican Museum. Whilst reproductions of this statue remain popular in China, the primary spirit slips into obscurity through each copy. Although executed in plastic and Styrofoam, Tabula Rasa exudes as waxy sheen quality, which almost gives off the same effect of a marble sculpture. It perhaps also alludes to the original Roman tabulas which were covered by wax.


    Jin Shan utilises the casting process to infuse his works with a sense of fluidity and temporality. The artist currently resides and works in Shanghai and his works have been exhibited at the Singapore Biennale, The Venice Biennale, The Groninger Museum, Brown University, among others.

    • Provenance

      Bank Gallery, Shanghai
      Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Gibraltar (acquired from the above by the present owner)

Property from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection


Tabula Rasa

plastic, styrofoam
55 x 39 x 27.8 cm. (21 5/8 x 15 3/8 x 10 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2014.

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HK$70,000 - 90,000 

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