Gallery: Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Artist(s): Angel Vergara
Opening / Event Date: 18 Nov, 2023
Closing / End Date: 16 Mar, 2024
We are delighted to present “Ólafsfjörður”, an exhibition by Ling Pui Sze and Cheung Tsz Hin with a guest curator Chun Poon.
Located in the north of Iceland, Ólafsfjörður is a small town with a population of more than 800 residents. Iceland may not be a familiar country to many local Hong Kong citizens. Therefore, probably even fewer of us are acquainted with Ólafsfjörður – perhaps not even able to pronounce the word. Iceland may give off a perception of being a cold and seclusive location, where some Jedi masters choose to meditate. Imagine that you were going to Iceland – what would you do? Would you play with snow in the winter streets or graze the sheep in the summer meadow? For Ling Pui Sze and Cheung Tsz Hin, they participated in an artist residency program for a month and a half in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland in 2018, going off the beaten path to further their artistic exploration.
It was an exceptional opportunity for the two artists who grew up in a big city like Hong Kong to be trapped in a state of seclusion, breaking away from familiarity for the first time. In this new experience, they were greeted with endless scenic landscapes and friendly farmed animal, but human beings in sight were few. This sudden isolation provided both young creators sufficient time and space to rethink the artistic journey that they have been through. Through the works of Ling Pui Sze and Cheung Tsz Hin, we hope to explore the enthusiastic persistence of being an artist. Can it be the will to stay true to one’s original aspiration, or just an artist’s romanticism? Or what else can it be?