Gallery: Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Artist(s): Ryuji Tanaka
Opening / Event Date: 19 Oct, 2019
Closing / End Date: 1 Feb, 2020
Karin Weber Gallery is excited to announce ‘Notes On the Future,’ a solo exhibition by artist Eric Fok. The greatest surprise in experiencing Eric Fok’s paintings lies in the way various historical eras amalgamate into a single work. In Fok’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, the artist attempts to envisage the future of Hong Kong and Macau, whilst retaining his strong engagement with previous favourite themes such as the Age of Exploration, colonization and globalization.
Two of Fok’s new works, 2047.33 and 2047.34, draw references from popular Hong Kong movies, 2046, by film maker Wong Kar Wai (2004) and From Beijing With Love by Stephen Chow (1994). Neon signs and a monorail train capture the artist’s vision of what Hong Kong might become.
Each painting not only draws viewers into its fine details, often best appreciated through a magnifying glass, but also through the meticulously executed, authentic period architecture, the subject of intensive research and study. In this new body of work, Fok has also perfected his technique on painting on wood and is clearly embracing this new medium – a total five pieces of wooden paneled works are the most he ever created for one exhibition.
Deeply rooted in colonial and local history, with a firm eye on the future, Eric Fok’s ‘Notes On The Future’ act as a poignant reminder that in order to imagine the future, we need to fully engage with our past, however complex and difficult it may be.
About the Artist:
Eric Fok (b.1990 Macau) lives and works in Macau. He completed his MFA at the Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts, and his Bachelor of Visual Art, Fine Arts/Art Education at Macao Polytechnic Institute (2013). Recent solo exhibitions include Helios Gallery, Taiwan (2018); Karin Weber Gallery (2017); among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Tainan Art Museum, Taiwan (2019); Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, China (2019); Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2018); Hexiang Ning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China (2014) and the University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong (2014). His paintings are in the collections of the Museum of the Orient in Portugal, Macau Government Headquarters, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macau SAR and MGM Cotai in Macau. Earlier this year, Fok was a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.