Gallery: Rossi & Rossi
Artist(s): Heman Chong
Opening / Event Date: 10 Feb, 2018
Closing / End Date: 31 Mar, 2018
Artist Talk: 24 February 2018 | 2 – 4pm
Free admission, RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org / +852 2110 9928
Art Experience Gallery proudly presents group exhibition Recover, featuring artworks by five emerging artists. Throughout the works shown in Recover, each artist speaks the soul of his / her applied materials in an installation, and transforms their found objects and materials into a lively dialogue with their various environments. The selected artists in Recover collect discarded objects, domestic waste and rubbish for different reasons, and re-create them into new forms and compositions. These are not only materials that got thrown away in everyday life, but ones that carry collective attachments, memories and meanings. These re-done objects exist as a new life form and are intended to raise questions about the value and material nature of everyday objects. From still life painting of Chinese porcelain figurines and display of a statues cabinet by Hong Kong artist Wong Wing Tong, to the three-dimensional works comprised of garbage washed up on the beach by Japanese artist Tetsu Takeda found in the area near his house, their installation works shown in this exhibition speak to history, culture and living environments, reflects political and social systems.
Kay Wong (b.1980, Hong Kong) graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Fashion Print in 2003. She has gained a MFA in Constructed Textiles (Knitted Textiles) from The Royal College of Art in 2005.
The clothes hangers and fabrics that comprised her works were leftover materials from a former fashion company that owned and directed by Kay. Her installation entitled Fashion Anatomyfeatures two hand carved wood skeleton sculptures, and a few organs that made of fabrics and other recycled materials. Worked as a fashion designer for more than ten years, Kay has awakened from the international phenomenon of fast fashion and overconsumption. Her works speak not only to environmental concerns but also personal, as she responds to her past and suggests a critical fashion statement.
Rainy Ip (b.1959, Hong Kong) graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (BFA in Fine Arts) in 1984.
Rainy collects rusted objects and recycled woods, re-creating them into thoughtful sculptural works. The industrial waste that comprised the works was collected by the artist from the streets and hardware shops. His collaged works speak to his childhood memories and the inner child living inside him. After his retirement from film production in 2012, Rainy has been intensely focusing on art practices, which he experiments with a wide spectrum of skills, techniques, processes and materials. His works express a poetic narrative of his personal memories, which creates emotional resonance for the audience.
Wong Wing Tong (b.1983, Hong Kong) graduated from RMIT University (co-presented with Hong Kong Art School) with a BFA in Fine Art (Painting) in 2008.
Wong’s installation work features a wood cabinet displaying a great number of discarded porcelain figurines, and five statue paintings. Working as a community artist in To Kwa Wan, a local district that is under urban renewal in Hong Kong, Wong takes on great responsibility to preserve and cultivate local values in the community, through a range of art projects collaborate with the neighborhood and young artists. The displayed porcelain figurines were collected by the artist from the streets in To Kwa Wan, upon researching the history of these figurines, Wong decodes the folk stories behind these characters and transforms the context into different symbols, which are shown in his paintings. Wong’s installation and painting speak to the traditional customs and culture, but he is also suggesting the quick disappearance of the old community from our city.
Tetsu Takeda (b.1961, Kobe, Japan) graduated from Musashino Art University. Tetsu moved to New York after his graduation and further studied printmaking at School of Visual Arts in New York. He lived aboard in New York for twenty-three years and returned to Japan in 2010.
The installation of Tetsu speaks to global environmental concerns, and reveals his desire to restore the relationship between humankind and nature. After his return to Japan in 2010 followed by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the accident has made him rethink about life, and nature has shown Tetsu a new pathway for his art. His installation features many castaway objects that he has collected from the seashore, and sculpture works comprised of sea garbage and disposed objects. The arrangement also includes a mixture of photographs and sketches showing on the wall, which documents Tetsu’s daily routine visiting the coast in his neighborhood.
Vera Chiu (b.1983, Hong Kong) graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (MFA in Visual Cultural Studies) in 2013. Vera was one of the selected young artists entered the 4th edition of First Smash Art Project in 2017 organized by Art Experience Foundation.
Vera’s installation recreated her room from her teenage memories, features a few paintings, a music station, a bookshelf, three-dimensional objects and other personal belongings at the gallery. Each display element presents her teenage spirit and reveals the inspirations for her life and work. As a self-taught artist, Vera has been exploring different art forms and continues her art practice as a painter. The vibrant colors in her works, collected objects and blending media release strong emotions of the artist. Vera’s work speaks to her teenage self as well as the viewer’s private memory.