Gallery: Alisan Fine Arts
Artist(s): Chu Teh-Chun
Opening / Event Date: 12 May, 2021
Closing / End Date: 31 Jul, 2021
RECONSTRUCT 重構 | Alexis Ip X Stefan Irvine
Exhibition Dates: 9 August – 15 September 2019
Opening Cocktail: Thursday 8 August, 6–9 pm
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11am to 6pm
Venue : Blue Lotus Gallery
28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
RECONSTRUCT is an exhibition showcasing two artists who work with the reassembling of photographs; one via analogue techniques and the other digital. Alexis Ip is known for his 3D ‘Fotomo’ collage; hand-cut collages of vernacular Hong Kong street scenes while Stefan Irvine’s expanding photo-series, ‘The Last Tong Lau,’ plays in the digital domain by re-stitching numerous images together, manifesting in a seamless creation that appears hyper-real and simultaneously surreal. Both artists tell stories of Hong Kong’s rich heritage by responding to it’s disappearing architecture and street culture. Art imitates life and RECONSTRUCT shows two artists who creatively reorganize reality in order for us to see it more clearly, and in effect better remember, cherish and learn from it.
The exhibition will feature about 20 works from both artists including Alexis Ip’s ‘3D Neon Fantasies’; made in collaboration with Keith Macgregor. During the exhibition Blue Lotus Gallery will host an Artist Talk with Stefan Irvine and a 3D ‘Fotomo’ photo collage workshop with Alexis Ip.
“Normally we see everything three dimensionally but in photography everything is turned two dimensional. What is so special about my works is the two dimensional is turned back into three dimensional though many layers. As a result the most ordinary street scenes like a vegetable or fruit vendor which people hardly pay attention to become magical.”
Alexis Ip, 2018
“As I explored the various districts of Kowloon, I was increasingly drawn towards tong lau architecture because of its many unique characteristics, such as the curved ends, the verandahs designed to shelter pedestrians, and the vibrant communities living and working inside.”
Stefan Irvine, 2019