'a good fence' is an immersive installation exploring notions of boundaries, liberation and contemplation. Visitors will encounter a two meter high pine fence which acts as both an excluding barrier and a safe haven. Visitors cannot see through its tightly locked wooden panels, save for one discreet door. Once through the entrance, the environment is transformed from an impenetrable fortress into a tranquil oasis. Two sofas and a coffee table invite us to congregate with one another or offer the opportunity for quiet contemplation-a space to retreat and reflect. First presented at Stephen Friedman Gallery in 2008, the work keys into Hodges' multi-media practice exploring and exploiting everyday materials. Hodges talks of his practice as 'choreographing experiences', and 'a good fence' is a prime example of his investigations into both space and materiality. Our expectations are subverted just as the material too is transformed by the artist's touch, from a simple fence to a meditative temple.
Curated by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer, Unlimited is Art Basel's pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcends the classical art-show stand, including large-scale sculpture and paintings, video projections, installations, and live performances.
Art Basel Unlimited takes place in Hall 1 and runs from 16 until 19 June 2016. The opening event is on Monday 13 June, 4pm to 7pm.Art Basel Unlimited