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09 HONG KONG ARTWALK 2011
MAY, 2011 ART ISSUE
20 IS HONG KONG AN INTERNATIONAL ART HUB?
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WHERE IS AI WEIWEI?
INTERVIEW WITH HO SIN TUNG
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LOCAL NEWS & EVENTS
Hong Kong International Poster TrienniaL 2010
Hong Kong International Art Fair 2011
December 2010 - May 2011 Hong Kong Heritage Museum
May 26th - May 29th 2011 The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
ong Kong International Poster Triennial is a major event of the HKHM to document the development of international poster design and to celebrate achievements at regular intervals and display excellent works of design. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum,
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t h e t h e m e o f H o n g Ko n g Po s t e r Triennial 2010 is “Act? Live” which refers to how we should act upon our past, present and future after a decade. The event includes open competition of poster design, the exhibition of a variaty of international posters, and seminars for academic discussion and ideas exchange.
RT HK is held annually in May at the purpose built Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. In 2010 the Fair welcomed 155 of the world’s leading galleries from 29 countries and an audience of over 46,000. Hong Kong is the natural location for an international hub fair in Asia. Exhibitors included the most important galleries from the Asia Pacific
region and leading galleries from the west. In just three years ART HK has positioned itself as a key fixture on the international art calendar. ART HK is becoming a platform for n e t w o r k i n g fo r t h e i n t e r n a t i o n a l art community and brings together collectors, curators, artists and galleries from Asia and the rest of the world.
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LOCAL NEWS & EVENTS
Approaching Mountains: Gallery Artists Group Exhibition
April 21st - May 21st 2011 Gallery EXIT
May 25th - May 29th 2011 by Gallery Plum Blossoms, Art HK
emory Disorder is the first solo exhibition of Silas Fong with the gallery. The exhibition is a video installation consisting of 26 videos, slide shows and text captions. The videos are captured by telecine super 8 film, w e b c a m , c e l l p h o n e , c a m e ra a n d digital video of different qualities. With Memory Disorder, Fong investigates 05 | APRiCOT
how the temporality of memory comes into play. According to Fong, the work is an on-going fragmented narrative that raises the question: "do we want to forget, or not?"
his exhibition will feature works by Arnold Chang, Raymond Fung, Michael Kenna, Peter Steinhauer, C.N. Liew and Wu Shaoxiang at ART HKâ€™11 this May.
of Chinese art. Artists and poets throughout history have sought shelter in their remoteness escaping the vicissitudes of court life and the political upheavals in the capitol cities.
Silas Fong is currently a MFA candidate at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His video, installation and new media works have been exhibited in Europe and Asia.
From disparate backgrounds and training, the exhibition will showcase these six artists for their distinguished interpretation of one unified subject mountains. The subject of mountains is eternally significant in the world
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WORLD NEWS & EVENTS Basel EUROPE
Art 42 Basel June 15th - June 19th 2011
XXII Festival de Artes de Macau April 29th - May 28th 2011
his year under the slogan ‘Enjoy Life through Art’, the Macao Arts Festival (MAF) actively promotes the arts and artistic education, in an effort to encourage residents to engage in artistic activities and welcome the arts into their daily lives. The MAF programming adheres faithfully to the three-fold principle of ‘fostering the development of local arts, showcasing outstanding performances from around the world and propagating the Chinese culture”. Since its inception, the MAF has been actively providing numerous performance opportunities for the local artistic community through a wide variety of large-scale performances and exhibitions.
London UK The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei October 12th 2010 - May 2nd 2011
he world's premier international art show for Modern and contemporary works, Art Basel features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. 62,500 people attended Art 41 Basel, the last edition of this favorite rendezvous for the global artworld, including art collectors, art dealers, artists, curators and other art enthusiasts. With its world-class museums, outdoor sculptures, theaters, concert halls, idyllic medieval old town and new buildings by leading architects, Basel ranks as a culture capital, and that cultural richness helps put the Art Basel week on the agenda for art lovers from all over the globe.
Brooklyn US Small Wonders from the American Collections Febrary 09th - Present 2011
To make this work, Ai Weiwei has manipulated traditional methods of crafting what has historically been one of China’s most prized exports. Sunflower Seeds invites us to look more closely at the ‘Made in China’ phenomenon and the geo-politics of cultural and economic exchange today.
Held in conjunction with the ongoing drawers installation, Small Wonders from the American Collections features an eclectic selection of seventy works of art on the walls and in the display cases above the drawers. This exhibition both highlights objects that will be installed in the drawers and reveals a diversity of cultural traditions and artistic practices that constitute American art.
unflower Seeds is made up of millions of small works by specialists working in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. Far from being industrially produced, they are the effort of hundreds of skilled hands. Poured into the interior of the Turbine Hall’s vast industrial space, the 100 million seeds form a seemingly infinite landscape.
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his long-term installation highlights a new feature of the Luce Center for American Art: Visible Storage Study Center that will give the public access to more than 350 additional objects from the Museum’s renowned American collections.
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HONG KONG ARTWALK 2011 By: Cathie GUO Photography: Cathie GUO
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Walk This Way:
A Fancy Art Evening In Soho It is no longer about bars and pubs of the nightlife in Central. And for those night owls, there is an alternative place for Lan Kwai Fong for them to have a glass of Vino Tinto.
n March 16th this year, the annual boozy charity event had welcomed its 11th anniversary along Hollywood Road in Soho. Hong Kong ArtWalk, the beloved gallery crawl known for its fine art, food and drinks, had brought local art lovers a great one-night
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experience showcasing a range of visual arts from all over the world. This year, 65 galleries – displaying mostly artwork by contemporary Chinese artists, had opened their doors between 5 p.m. to
midnight, with the best wine and tasty finger food that pamper people’s eyes, stomach and conscience. Moreover, people had also got a chance designing their own route to discover in the SOHO, Wan Chai, Sheung Wan, Central, Aberdeen and Causeway Bay areas of Hong Kong Island. Ms Ostiane, a qualified lawyer from Australia, said that she was a lover of fine art and she had a good feedback of the event when she came last year. “I saw the posters of this year’s event and I found more galleries than last year, which is a good thing.” Newcomers also found the event attractive during their visit. Ms Vanessa, a graduating student from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), said that she like to go to different exhibitions
on innovations and art. “This is the first time I come here and I think it’s very good with all the relaxing environment and atmosphere.” She said. In recent years, the Hong Kong gallery scene has evolved significantly. Dealers are bringing in big name artists for solo shows. Alternative spaces devoted to new media and subculture art have cropped up. Although there is not an art factory district like 798 in Beijing, the well-known sites along Hollywood Road and the hidden smaller exhibitors are still worth the visit. Over the past ten years, ArtWalk has built a reputation for promoting local galleries and artists. As a result, the event had received lots of support from its loyal followers at this once-ayear Wednesday night.
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HIGHLIGHT Mr Peter Bullock, who is a solicitor based in Hong Kong, said that he came to the event every year. “I’m not good at art, but I like to see what’s going on,” he said. Standing in front of a modern abstract oil painting, Mr Bullock said that he likes interesting staffs like this work, “I cannot describe that in details or find some specific points, but it is interesting.” The ArtWalk not only grab public’s eye, but also those who stayed closely with art. Ms Joanna Mazanti, who teaches Visual Art at the Delia School of Canada, used the word “fabulous” to describe the event. “I don’t really have preference towards contemporary art. Actually I’m interested in all. Because I’m doing art, and I would like to find different cultures through them.” She said that she had a great night and will come back next year for sure. Hong Kong ArtWalk is a great opportunity for people to get out and network. Besides, the event is predominantly held in Central Hong Kong - a fragile heritage-laden area of street markets, back lanes, old traditional shops, artisans and the historically important former Victoria Prison and Central Police Station and the Former Police Married Quarters. This unique landscape and the concentration of galleries in a tight area has made it possible for visitors to experience the city’s unique history and culture.
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Fine Arts Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Ms Zaffer Chan Sui Ying, who helped at the EXPIRIMENTAL gallery, was a freshman majoring in Fine Art from CUHK. She said that this was the first time she join the event and she did have fun at the night. “I’m a staff here so I cannot walk around, but I will come back next year as a real participant,” Zaffer said with a big smile. Rather than turning it into a pub-crawl, this charity event is all for a good cause: during the past 10 years, a total of HK$4.5 million of ticket sales has been distributed to Hong Kong charities and last year ArtWalk saw 1,500 participants and a donation of HK$428,000 to benefit the Society for Community Organization (SoCO). Moreover, ArtWalk also makes a donation to fund those Art
students’ yearly graduation shows. Says ArtWalk Organiser and art critic, John Batten. “Hong Kong’s art auctions and fairs receive great publicity, but it is the city’s art galleries that underpin Hong Kong’s art scene by being open throughout the year; contributing vibrancy, diversity and changing monthly exhibitions. ArtWalk is both a fabulously enjoyable charity art event and a highlight occasion for the city’s galleries to showcase their spaces and remind the public that looking at visual art is a year-round activity.” By putting it into Hong Kong’s artistic calendar, two joys of life are twinned at that day. And there’s no guessing where you’ll end up but you might just finish off feeling more enthusiastic about the city than when you started.
Three visiting journalists Mr Roberts Nisbet, Mr Michael and Ms Marie from Bloomberg and Sky News, found the city very different from London. They had just moved to Hong Kong recently, and Mr Michael said that the city is quite interesting and nothing can grab him so much like this. As an art lover, he said that normally he bought artworks at Tirana during holidays. “I already have my own collections in London. I buy a lot and you know you always look at things that catch your eye,” he said. About three years ago, he had bought a painting in India and as Mr Michael described, it had blew him away and it impressed him so much. “I have to say that it costs me so much money, but the thing is not that people speculating with art. The thing is that you should just buy what you want,” he added. Among the participating galleries, there were volunteers helping on ArtWalk night, of who are fine arts students from the Academy of Visual Arts of Hong Kong Baptist University and the
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IS HONG KONG AN INTERNATIONAL ART HUB? By: Cathie GUO Photography: Cathie GUO
During the past two years, there is a big jump in the number of new galleries poping up in SOHO, NOHO and Sheung Wan. Over 70 galleries stand in a row along south of Hollywood Road. According to a.m.post: magazine, there are over 150 art galleries in Hong Kong at present and most of them are doing contemporary art. However, the number of local galleries is less than 20 ten years ago. This may sounds great to art lovers in the town, as they can enjoy their own single night at the annual art and charity event HK ArtWalk, with free food and wine offered. And it may also seen that the local art market is catching up closely with Europe and U.S, trying to rank among the forefront of the world market and playing a leading role in the Asian field. However, owners of galleries are still worried about the level of both the art appreciation of local people and the art creation by local artists.
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Dear Art Lovers: “Hong Kong is absolutely a free port of Art,”said Mr Khadinn Khan
——Interview with Plum Blossoms Gallery
stablished in Hong Kong since 1987, Plum Blossoms Gallery has been recognized for its foresight in blazing new trails with its promotions of Asian art. Since its inception, groundbreaking one-man exhibitions for Chinese
masters Wu Guanzhong, Shi Hu and Chen Yifei firmly placed Plum Blossoms Gallery on the map as a leading art gallery in Hong Kong that showcases works by major Chinese artists to a broad audience across Asia.
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ARTICLE Graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2007, Mr Khadinn Khan joined the Plum Blossoms Gallery since then. He has studied Art History and concentrated on the theories before. In order to continue both his passion and education towards art, he is now working as a manager at the gallery, promoting Chinese contemporary art to Hong Kong and foreign audiences. As one of the oldest galleries in Hong Kong, there had been a long way of Plum Blossoms to set up and follow their mission for over 20 years. Started off as an antique dealer, the managing director Mr Stephen McGuinness had opened the gallery in 1987. During the years, the gallery had established a soft global network on the way of presenting the new trend of contemporary Chinese and Asian artists. “I kind of respect the mission that we set up to, because the artwork presenting at our gallery are more respect to the tradition,” said Mr Khan. He introduced that the medium they prefer are mostly ink and paper work, while the concept, style and spirit of these artworks are influenced by both the Chinese tradition and the western culture. Usually people can enjoy a variety of artworks from paintings to sculptures showcasing at Plum Blossoms. Besides the local and Chinese artists, they have also brought some western artists to local audiences, such as Michael Kenna, who is a photographer taking many great pictures of China. Running a gallery in Central is a challenging work, especially with more and more galleries poping up along Hollywood Road. But the daily work is quite simple for Mr Khan. “Basically as a manager my work is to maintain the daily operation of the gallery. I’ll handle the clients who walk through the door. On the other hand, I also have to work with different colleagues in promoting both the gallery and artists that we represent,” he said. To stand out among hundreds of galleries in Hong Kong, Mr Khan said that it is the history
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that makes the gallery a unique one. “We have established almost 25 years till next year.We are the very first gallery running in a western style in Hong Kong. That was quite new. And also we have a very good space in Hollywood Road,” he said. Plum Blossoms took a major step in its promoting efforts with Mainland Chinese artists by mounting China Image: the New Spirit in 1987, the gallery’s first exhibition of eleven emerging Chinese artists. This effort represented the gallery's first step in exploring the field of contemporary Chinese art. “Since that show we had become internationally remarkable. So in that regard I think we are quite successful in this market,” Mr Khan added. As for a commercial gallery, Mr Khan views Hong Kong as an international art hub. “Absolutely. Absolutely. Well like many cities there are many events happen everyday like New York, Miami, Paris. But in terms of Asia, I think Hong Kong is one of the most important city for art,” he said. Mr Khan said that the gallery had benefit lots of advantages of this intertional place. As a British colony before and now based on China, both the western and eastern cultures meet in the town. For the location, he said that Hong Kong is sitted quite in central to Asia, Australia, etc., and people can communicate not only in Cantonese, but also in English and Mandarin. But the most important thing for a commercial gallery is that collecters can enjoy the tax free and there will be no problem getting artwork in and out Hong Kong. “We all know that in mainland China you have that sort of censorship and in Singapore you have to pay the tax,” said Khan, “So Hong Kong is really a free port for art.” However, he also admitted that their clients are mainly experts in Hong Kong or tourists coming to Central willing to buy some Asian artworks. “But I think as many galleries poping up along Hollywood Road, I believe local people will pay more attention to the art scene of this area,” Mr Khan said with a smile.
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As more and more art lovers will come and visit Hong Kong, or even to open their own galleries here, Mr Khan had some suggestions based on his knowledge and experiences. “It is not very difficult to open a gallery. All you need is a space, a good space for a long run.” Mr Khan said that one of the disadvantage of the local art scene is that the rent is being so high. “You don’t want to keep moving a few months or every one or two years. Although many galleries open in Aberdeen,Chai Wan and Fo Tan now, I think it will end up today that clients still love to come to Central to see and to buy art,” he added. After participating in HK ArtWalk 2011, there are two very imporant art fairs that they are going to join. One is the Art HK happens in late May and the other is Fine Art Asia happens at the end of every November. In a way of promoting gallery, Mr Khan views these events very helpful. He said, “Art HK has been very successful during the past three years and it has becoming a very imporatant art fair of this region. We can meet our clients from all over the world and
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we also receive press calling from the U.S and Europe asking for information. Such art fairs had provided us an international explosure to associate with glocal galleries.” For the future plan of the gallery, Mr Khan hoped the rent will not raise too much and he also hoped to keep the local market in a healthy way. In the coming year, Plum Blossoms will welcome its 25th anniversary and Khan and his colleagues are all busy in brainstorming special exhibitions and events. “I hope it can be written into the history of our gallery,” he said.
Dear Art Lovers: “Hong Kong is far from a worldclass Art Centre,”said Mr Paul Yip
——Interview with CAIS Gallery Hong Kong
stablished in April, 2007, CAIS Gallery Hong Kong is a new exhibition space affiliated to CAIS Gallery in Seoul, which was founded in early 1997. As one and only
Korean gallery in Hong Kong, CAIS Gallery is a space that exclusively represents and introduces contemporary Korean artists to local audiences.
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ARTICLE Neither born from a family of artists, nor studied the relevant profession, by simply relying on his passion of art, Mr Paul Yip has been working with different galleries for a long time. And now as the manager of CAIS Gallery Hong Kong, he had built much more thoughts on the art scene between Hong Kong and South Korea. With the outbreak of the Asian art market in 2005, the owner of CAIS Gallery Seoul came to Hong Kong to visit the aution house. He happend to find that there was not a gallery here purely selling the artworks of Korean artists, so he decided to open a branch store in Central. Introduced by Mr Yip, the mission of the gallery is not only about to promote the Korean Contemporary Art to the local audience, but also at the same time bring good artworks of local artists back to Korea, or even the global market. Since the founding in 2007 till present, CAIS Gallery Hong Kong is still the only one that doing all its collections from South Korea. And as most of the artworks are picked up by the owner himself, it helps the gallery to build a deep root of Korean culture, which made CAIS an unique one among others along the Hollywood Road. According to Mr Yip, the development of the art scene in South Korea had been very mature and very diversity, and artists tend to use a variety of subjects and media. “South Korea is a kind more democracy or a relatively free society, there is not a very big social oppression, so they have a more relaxed creative direction,” he said. In contrast, Chinese artworks are strongly related to social issues, more critical and more powerful, but few romantic creation. Because of the nature of his job, some of his friends are local artists who rent studios in Fo Tan. In comparison, Mr Yip speaks frankly of the current local art scene. He said that so far, the level of their creation is good, but they need to break the Asian Cultural frame on the topic and subject of their artwork. “At most of the time they do more personal things, or just based on
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the local culture as their creative background. Even to bring their works to mainland China, it is hard to resonate, so don't have to mention Japan, South Korea, Singapore or places out of Asia,” he said. In his own preference towards contemporary art, Mr Yip said that he is kind into photography. And for the artwork, he likes the topic and theme either related to the young generation or reflect social problems. “I think good art requires indepth thinking, or from a global perspective. Moreover, they need to practice more to improve their skills and techiniques. If there is someone who can really represent Hong Kong, I will pick Kowloon King, as his works are closely related to our society, I'll call that the attractive and interesting artworks,” Mr Yip added. Although many gallery owners, collectors and art dealers view Hong Kong as an international art hub, Mr Yip has his own thought, “I'll only call it a trading centre. She doesn't have her own cultural roots, which is a disadvantage in the art creatings.” In his point of view, although Hong Kong is a kind of open area, with not very strict government control or sort of censorship, people do have their own values and common sense towards politics or sensitive issues. So in terms of art appreciation, there is a great limitation on local people's view. As Hong Kong's purchasing power has already reached a world-class level, however, the eyes of those didn't enjoy a high level. At the same time, the overall arts education is still a weakness. While relatively speaking, Mr Yip said that the living expense in Hong Kong is too high and it is hard for local artists to make a living based on a free creation. Use the exhibition of the Animated Version of the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival as an example, Mr Yip said that in general, local people won’t talk about art unless it happens as a news event. “What they focus is more than art itself,” he added.
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WHERE IS AI WEIWEI?
Ai Weiwei, one of China's best-known contemporary artists, was finally allowed to see his wife at a secret place on Sunday afternoon, after more than a month in detention. On April 3rd, Ai Weiwei was arrested at Beijing’s international airport for alleged “economic crimes”, and the Public Security Bureau was then conducting an investigation according to law.
But for running a commercial gallery in Hong Kong, it so has some advantages. “There is a large flow of people in Hong Kong, it is easier for people around the world to come and feel the local culture here. Well on the opposite, there are many great opportunities for local artists to go outside for a cultural communication and exchange,” Mr Yip said, “after all, the young generation in Hong Kong do have a quite high level of English communication, and it is good for them to promote themselves to the global market.”
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As for some specific planning on both his work and the gallery, Mr Yip said that he hopes CAIS can bring more communication and exchange between local and Korean artists in future. And he can provide a helping hand in promoting local artwork to the world.
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Although people close to him believe that Ai was arrested for his criticism on of China's deteriorating human rights, they are holding different views on talking about this issue. Mr Khadinn Khan said, “It is really hard to discuss politics when you talk about the business of the gallery but hopefully he can be released and more truth can be viewed about what’s going on as all are just assumptions so far. Because you will have a sense of what’s happening, but we don’t know the truth, so hopefully more fact can be merged and we can have a more clear definition of what is happening.” While Mr Paul Yip has his own thought, “He is a world-class artist. His position is even higher than many Western contemporary artists in foreign eyes. He had been the top one in a ranking of all artists in the world by magazine Art Review and it is not only because of the value of his artwork, but the great thing he did to the Chinese society. As I know, his previous works are about the connection between Chinese and their tradition, but in recent years he has focused more on the public area which is much more powerful. For example, he had collected the names of the students who dead during the
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Sichuan earthquake in 2008 and convened many people to declaim the names online. However, there are not many artists willing to speak out in supporting of Ai Weiwei, they do not want to be involved in such political discussions. But for those do want to protest against his arrest, I believe that they are not easily to give in to the government.” In Hong Kong, the city has seen a number of protests and graffiti campaign in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok, in the name of “Free AWW” over the past few weeks. Arts communities around the world have condemned Beijing for Ai’s detention. According to SCMP, the London's Lisson Gallery will bring selected works by Ai Weiwei to the coming event ART HK, which opens on Thursday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, in support of this Chinese artist.
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PROFILE 1.When did you start to learn painting? And when did you decide to become a real artist?
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HO SIN TUNG "I was born in Hong Kong in 1986. Started learning painting in Cultural Corner since 1989. Graduated from Immanuel Lutheran College in 2005. Graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the department of Fine Arts in 2008. Now working part-time in Hong Kong School of Creativity. Have a studio in Fotan." "Often thinks that painting is adorable, as I doesn't want to make you waiting. My works are exhibited sometimes, collected sometimes, abandoned sometimes." By: Cathie GUO Photography: Cathie GUO Illustration: Ho Sin Tung
When I was three years old. Because I wanted to learn to draw when I was a kid, I went to an art studio near my home. Most of the teachers are art students from CUHK, and they had encouraged me to study Fine Art in future, so finally I entered this circle. I didn’t really want to become a pure artist when I was graduated. I’m not that kind of people good at planning for their future. But I remembered on November 9th 2010, when I was helping at an exhibition, I was cleaning the dust at a corner. Usually I cannot stand with that mess, but I think it is because of art that I no longer think them dirty. So at that moment I decided to be an artist.
2.How will you describe the style of your artwork? I do not think they have a particular style, and I think there are many stages in it. Even if you think you have found an ultimate one, it may finally results in changing again. I do not think that there must be a visual style, but the work itself should express something more deeply.
As for my own work, I think they are sometimes to express pains and scars, but it doesn’t mean that the pain had gone as the painting finished and you are healed from it. I think painting had made these pains existed in your body in another form, and I do prefer to live with such feelings.
3.Where did you find ideas? Normal life. There are inspirations everywhere and I don’t really rely on finding them from other people’s works. In fact, the majority of my works are related to the things that had passed away, or something made me regret.
4.What kind of materials do you prefer to use? I prefer handy materials, such as pencils, because there is a very close feeling between my hands and these materials. It is like writing with a pencil. Since most of my works are about personal feelings, such a form is very appropriate for my creation.
5.How long does it take for a piece of work? It really depends. Sometimes a day, but sometimes more than one month.
6.Do you have any other interests out of painting? I like literature, and also detective stories. I like the intensity of the feelings of each character that can be strong enough to kill someone. Besides there are things such as humanity and the society for me to think about.
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I also like to watch films, especially from Eastern Europe such as Czech Republic. I had painted a picture of the directors from Czech Republic before. So in fact, many of my works are about literature and film.
7.Do you agree with the concept of “a perfect artwork”? I agree with the concept, but I don’t believe there exists one, even though I would like to have my own one. Someone may think that it depends on audiences, but after a long time you will find yourself to be the best audience. You know clearly about the whole process of your artwork, and even I want to explain it to my audiences, they may not want to know that much in details. I actually have a very good relationship with my work. I like them. Whether they are good or bad, I think our relationship is very close.
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8.What kinds of people usually buy your works? They are with different backgrounds. I’ve been talking to some of them, but in fact, people may just like your paintings, and all they want is to meet the artist and to shake hands. Maybe they cannot tell you exactly why they like it.
9.You have mentioned that you like to send your paintings as gifts to your friends. Why do you enjoy doing this? Because for some commercial reasons there are lots of limitations on your creation. Although there are always good people buying my works, it is still different from my own friends. And finally I have found that they are very happy receiving my paintings.
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But I do know that the life of such gifts may not last long. I have drawn a painting for my friend as the wallpaper of his computer, but finally I found that it had been covered by hundreds of icons and I could hardly see it. However, I’d prefer my work to be ruined by my friend rather than by those strangers who do not appreciate.
10.What do you expect audience to learn from your paintings? I do not expect them to understand my feelings and my thoughts; I just hope them to not misunderstand my work.
11.How do you imagine your life in 10 years? I have been thinking about this question all day long, but I couldn’t really find a result. Well specifically I hope I can draw better, I hope my technique can be more mature. Although many
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local artists prefer to pay more attention on the concept or the visual impression, I’d rather like to focus more on the traditional practice.
12.Which is the best and the worst of your own work and why? Well I do not like to have it picked up if it is not that bad…but I shall say that those I painted in rush may be not so good. However, there are special circumstances that a great painting may just jump out in a rush.
13.How about your daily life as a full-time artist? My goal is to draw six to seven hours a day, but usually I just go to read books from my work. Even when I wake up I may feel tired and I will consider watching a film while eating breakfast, and it becomes so easy that two hours had just passed.
Before doing as a full-time artist, I initially wanted to do some administrative work, such as in a gallery or at some exhibitions. But since I have mentioned that I’m not the one do so much planning, I don’t really have a thought of giving up.
14.So far what is the biggest challenge you have ever met? It is difficult to say because I always find myself very lucky. Usually people come to find me for the exhibition, so I actually have not tried to apply for those events on my own. And I don’t think that I am lack of inspiration at some time being. There are many things for me to express, even they are too much for me to draw all of them down. Well occasionally my brain may be stocked on some topics that I was asked to draw, but finally there will be many ideas emerging from my mind.
15.How will you describe yourself? Emm…there are some terms by my friends that I think can be used appropriate to describe myself. But you know if you say it out from your own mouth, it sounds very contrived. And compared to most of the people, I think I tent to see the bad side of a thing, but I will not call it pessimistic. It is just let my stay awake. For example, I think people should be more sober towards the world and the society, while no need for people or their feelings.
16.What does Hong Kong mean to you? This is where I was born and grew up, so I will always have feelings to her. But I think it is contradictory, I do not have that “I am a Hongkonger” mood. In fact, I have many friends just like me, who was born and grew up in Hong Kong, but now they have already moved abroad. I do understand that there are many different
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lifestyles in the world, and sometimes I also think that the place is too small. So maybe one day I will move to another place to settle down.
17.How do you think about the current art scene in Hong Kong? I think it is in an intermediate state. There must be some very good artists and good audiences. I have been talked about this with my friends before. If you go to Beijing or Berlin, where the creative environment is very mature, but at the same time the creative space is already very saturated, and it is really hard for a further breakthrough. As for Hong Kong, though the art scene may be too small, local artists enjoy a very close relationship. And for the commercial aspect, sometimes foreigners may just want to buy those oriental paintings, but since the prices are now very high in the Chinese Contemporary Art market, as a result, they can come to Hong Kong finding similar artworks with a reasonable price.
18.Do you have any communication with artists from Mainland China? How do you see the differences? I think those in mainland China will be more considering to make a career as an artist. But for myself, I really not very into that mode of business, I don’t like to see art being a mass production, while in Hong Kong the environment is more complex and more mixed. And I don’t have any special feelings towards Mainland China. As I went to Beijing a year ago, I went to 798 Art Factory for exhibition, but I don’t really want to be there again. It doesn’t mean I hate the place. I am just not very into that environment with so much exposure and big
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art projects. I should say that I love the Czech Republic more. In my opinion it is very similar to Hong Kong, or to some extend it is a better version of Hong Kong. Why sometimes the Czech people are very supporting on our democracy movement, probably because they have passed that similar stage. And you can see that there are many humorous comedies in their films, but it is not the same as Hong Kong’s style. Even facing the tragedy or social injustice, you can still find that the Czech people prefer to smile and fight for their dignity.
19.Did you pay attention to any news events or hot issues recently? Of course the earthquake in Japan. It is terrible, too miserable. The scene is not that real but just like cartoons. And because such things happened, a lot of things become meaningless. But I can accept such disasters like tsunami or earthquake, because I think that they are part of our nature. However, as long as it turns into a human disaster, such as the nuclear power, I will feel very sad about it.
20 . W h at w i ll y o u d o i f 201 2 c o m e s tomorrow? Oh...I think I may soon find someone. Certainly not the people around me every day such as my family or my friends, but someone far from you and you always think that there will be a time in future that you will finally meet each other. And on the other hand, it is because you have no idea how long the future will last, you just cut down some relationship quickly and then missed so many possibilities. But if it comes to 2012 tomorrow, I will definitely to build a relationship with someone who may not be possible to be with you in a long term.
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Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Journalism Journalism Honours Project (2010-11)
Ladyland 2007 By Wilson Shieh 56 Pages 287 x 210 mm English & Chinese HK$220
Ladyland is an exhibition built upon the juxtaposition of the female form with the cityscape of Hong Kong. To deepen the emotion impact of the images, Shieh has portrayed the cityâ€™s most famous buildings as beauty pageant contestants, with each vying for attention in a unique costume.
Paracelsusâ€™ Garden 2008 By Angela Su 72 Pages 280 x 230 mm English & Chinese HK$280
An anatomist as well as an artist, Angela has a talent for creating exciting compositions of the natural and the fantastic. The creative result is an alchemy of the symbolic, iconic and figural self.
Mahjong 2009 By Kantai Wong, Kari Chiu, Dustin Shum & Paul Yeung 50 Pages 250 x 340 mm English & Chinese HK$80
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The self-published photography is a product of a four-localphotographer collaboration, echoing the different strategies used in the mahjong game to manifest the unique vision of the society in Hong Kong and mainland China.
Topic: Student Name: Student No.: Concentration: Tel (HK): (BJ): E-mail: Advisor Name:
Contemporary Art in HK Cathie, Guo Xiaomeng 08050775 International Journalism 852-67460089 86-13699110169 firstname.lastname@example.org Dr.Steve Guo
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APRiCOT THE NEAR FUTURE
Published on May 24, 2011