26 Aug - 09 Sep, 2015 | 10 Chancery Lane Gallery

(13 AUGUST 2015) HONG KONG –

10 Chancery Lane Gallery is proud to present HKFOREWORD15, an exhibition showcasing recent works by seven young Hong Kong art graduates. Now in its fourth year, the HKFOREWORD series, organized by 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, aims to actively promote and strengthen relations between the new generation of contemporary artists in Hong Kong and local art institutions.

Artists in the show are recent graduates from Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong.

Brandon Pak Kin CHAN (b.1986, Hong Kong)

A wall of bricks made out of clay and newspaper, the installation 24 Hours by Brandon Pak Kin CHAN is a visually arresting work. The young talent has spent over a year deconstructing the relationship between time and space to explore the perishable nature of ‘value’ in today’s world.

Artist Statement:
Since May of 2013, everyday, after I have read and digested a daily newspaper, I molded it into a brick. If I could not finish it on that day, then it would be skipped.

A newspaper concretely records the daily information of a city, but also unilaterally. Its expiry date is frailly only “today”. Within the process, day-by-day, all the memories, contents, value, meaning... are washed as if they had never existed. What has it deconstructed? And what has it built? The only thing that can be seen is the marks of living.

Lok Man DAAI (b.1992, Hong Kong)

Lok Man DAAI treats his artistic journey as a metaphor to the cold and lonesome path one must take in life. His installation, featuring pencil on paper and wood, is a mental jail, and reflects the agony of being in a new environment.  

Artist Statement:
‘Solitary’ is about the relationship between an individual and the outside world. It tries to express repressed emotion through the numbing repetition of ripples, which depict an ocean, and to construct a mental space without being harassed, thereby seeking tranquility and mental rest.

Argus Tsz Leong FONG (b.1991, China)

Argus Tze Leong FONG’s fascination with memories and understanding the human condition has led him to create visually stimulating paintings that are both mystical and intriguing. Presented for this exhibition, Night Talk 1 depicts construction workers resting on makeshift beds. Fong creates layers of contrasts; a piece of wood is used as the backdrop to a scene referencing Hong Kong’s constant building work. Metallic colors and straight lines are juxtaposed with the natural color and grain of the wood.

Artist Statement:
When one experiences silence alone, sensing one’s own existence and confusion, the feeling is like being naked to oneself, everything is too frank and no one can escape from this. Obsolete walls, rough ceilings, and small cracks enlarge and expand in front of our eyes. This is a real and strange world.

Frankie Lemon LEUNG (b. 1985, Hong Kong)

Come to An Understanding is a mixed media installation that was inspired by artist Frankie Lemon LEUNG’s experience as a schoolteacher and of working with adolescents. The three wooden tables have been installed with video devices to reveal the emotional rollercoaster of young people and their troubles in love, life and school.

Artist Statement:
As a secondary school educator, I am concerned with school education and power mechanism issues. I take school daily life as the topic, and features intervention actions, images, installations and mixed media, to study the meaning of school education. In my work, audience participation and interaction are significant, to arouse personal memories as well as related social values.

Jerry NG (b.1992, Hong Kong)

Inspired by social issues and injustice, artist Jerry NG uses media installation to portray the lives of ordinary people living in Kowloon City, Hong Kong in his work City. As you pass through a curtain projecting Lion Rock, the viewer is faced with three stories of Kowloon City citizens. They are all true stories collected by the artist as he wandered the streets. The video records still motions seen in Kowloon City with added effects that continuously change in order to reflect the emotions of the text. At last, shadows of the audience inside the Lion Rock curtain create shadows that allow those outside to believe they are a part of the story too.

Artist Statement:
The City is moving forward, leaving the old days behind. How should we make peace with our memories?

‘City’ uses community art as a starting point. I interviewed more than ten citizens in the shadows of Kowloon City, hoping that the stories of these people can provoke our thoughts towards the city and, moreover, the “greatness” behind Hong Kong.

Fei TSE (b.1990, Hong Kong)

Fei TSE’s fascination with time and meaning has led him to explore the creative impulses that occur in the mundane orders of daily routines. Using the photocopiers at his university, he created Void, a series of ink printed on Chinese paper to explore issues of identity and the repetitions of our lives.

Artist Statement:
I am Tse Fei. I was a teacher; I was a security guard, I was a designer; I was a worker in a construction site; I was an architecture student.

As Shakespeare said, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”

Jesemy Main-Hsin WANG (b.1993, Taiwan)

Aurum Pisces is motivated by Jesemy’s curiosity about individuality, and the loss of it with the passage of time. To express her understanding of French philosopher Roland Barthe’s take on the meaning of death to those that are living, Jesemy Main-Hsin WANG’s photography features humans and animals performing daily tasks, except their heads are replaced by those of goldfish. Using the photographic works of Jacques Henri Lartigue, known for his photographs of Parisian female fashion models, the artist composes her bizarre narratives that create a separation between the viewer and the original image. By imposing the goldfish on the heads of the models, the artist reinforces the idea that the original images of the people themselves do not hold any significance for today’s viewer. We are removed from the original intention of the image.

Artist Statement:
I am inspired by the writing of the French philosopher and theorist Roland Barthes’s eulogy to his late Mother.
The question that often arises from photographs or in this case historical photographs: why do any of these people matter to us? To us it does not matter at all, it is simply a fragment of the past. That’s why people are turned into goldfish. They do not matter to any of us. We do not know them nor do they know us. Just like a “Goldfish”.

About 10 Chancery Lane Gallery
Since 2001, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery has been a driving force in contemporary art in Hong Kong and is one of Asia’s leading contemporary art galleries. Representing the Asia-Pacific, the gallery is particularly interested in emerging art movements and historically important artists from the region.  

Representing important artists such as Huang Rui and Wang Keping (China), Atul Dodiya (India), Bui Cong Khanh and Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnam), and Manit Sriwanichpoom (Thailand), 10 Chancery Lane Gallery is committed to playing a role in documenting the development of Asian art. The gallery has worked with curators Feng Boyi, Beyond the Red Curtain - China, Erin Gleeson, Forever Until Now - Contemporary Art Cambodia, iola Lenzi, Subjective Truth - Thai Contemporary Art, Zoe Butt and Dinh Q. Lê, Time Ligaments - Vietnam. Katie de Tilly is co-President and one of the founders of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association.

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Showing artists:

Brandon Pak Kin CHAN, Lok Man DAAI, Argus Tsz Leong FONG, Frankie Lemon LEUNG,
Jerry NG, Fei TSE, Jesemy Main-Hsin WANG

10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Central, Hong Kong

Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 26, 6:30-8:30pm

Exhibition period: August 26 – September 9 2015