Taryn Simon – Portraits and Surrogates @Gagosian Gallery, HK

Taryn Simon – Portraits and Surrogates @Gagosian Gallery, HK May 25 – August 5, 2017 reviewed by Hilary Tsui Experienced eyes will be able to spot Simon’s conceptual stagecraft that has been polished close to the point of perfection. Her research-based practice has been meticulously painted over by the most thought-through aesthetic, that is especially distinct in her “Paperwork and the Will of Capital” (2015): Blown-up images of specially-arranged floral bouquets, being quietly placed and photographed as the centerpiece. This seemingly calm and elegant imagery, yet hinting untold stories, glaring mysterious vibes, inevitably evokes curiosity among viewers. A tiny panel attached to …