As the third show in its occasional ‘Materials in Focus’ series, Karin Weber Gallery is delighted to present ‘Conversations in Ceramic’, a group exhibition of four ceramic artists, all emerging talents on the local Hong Kong arts scene. Scholars of the internationally renowned Hong Kong artist Annie Wan, these young artists have been able to establish and express their identity through a coherent body of artworks that redefine the handmade from a creative craft into a fine art. Each artist carries out their own dialogue and exploration with ceramics, not only as a material in its own right, but as an opportunity to capture and objectify their own, deeply personal conversations and investigations of themes as diverse as family, illness, mathematics, space and light and, above all, the self.
Ceramic compositions suit Alice Chan, who sees art as therapy and part of an individual’s healing process. The visually engaging ceramic spikes, are prominent in her creations and appear simultaneously delicate and confrontational. Lau Yat Wai’s works subtly recall the memory attached to objects. They contain an unmistakable air of intimacy and challenge the idea of public and private space. Ma On Yee combines printmaking and ceramics to document the artist’s relationship with her Alzheimer – suffering grandmother. Ng Ka Ho’s delicate installations, often using black clay, explore the materiality of objects and their relationship with space. An observer of Ng’s works cannot help but ponder the endless variations of light, shade and movement.
About the Artists:
Alice Chan (b. 1989, China) graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, in 2015. She has participated in exhibitions by Waka Artisans and the Giant Year Gallery in Hong Kong. Her work is in the collection of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
Lau Yat Wai (b. 1985, China) graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, in 2011. He participated in the artist-in-residence programme at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan, in 2015, ‘Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters’ exhibition at Hong Kong Museum of Art in 2016 and Yeoju Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, South Korea, in 2017.
Ma On Yee (b. 1991, Hong Kong) graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, in 2014. She has participated in the Contemporary Asian Ceramics Exchange Exhibition in Hangzhou, China, and a group exhibition in 1a Space, Hong Kong, in 2015.
Ng Ka Ho (b. 1990, Hong Kong) graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, in 2014 and a Masters degree of Mixed Media from Kyoto University of Arts and Design in 2017. He has participated in the Asia Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition at the Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Japan, in 2017. He was also the winner of the ‘Excellent’ Award at the Kyoto University of Arts and Design Graduation Exhibition.