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Opening / Event Date:
26 August, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Closing / End Date:
12 September, 2015
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(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 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 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, Man Ting 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, Leung is concerned with school education and power mechanism issues. She takes school daily life as the topic, and features intervention actions, images, installations and mixed media, to study the meaning of school education. In her work, audience participation and interaction are significant, to arouse personal memories as well as related social values.


Jerry Sek Hin NG (b.1992, Hong Kong)

Inspired by social issues and injustice, artist Ng Sek Hin 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)

TSE Fei’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 WANG’s photography features humans and animals performing daily tasks, except their heads are replaced by those of goldfish. She chose the photographic works of Jacques Henri Lartigue, known for his photographs of Parisian fashion female models, to create her bizarre narratives that create a separation from us the viewer to the human aspect of the image itself.

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”.


For press enquiries and to arrange interviews, please contact Bo Kim on [email protected] or +852 2810 0065.


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