Gallery: Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Artist(s): Angel Vergara
Opening / Event Date: 18 Nov, 2023
Closing / End Date: 16 Mar, 2024
Contemporary by Angela Li presents Parallel Fantasies joint exhibition, featuring six young artists Fung Kuen Suet Michelle, Fatina Kong, Livy Leung, Liang Manqi, Elías Peña Salvador and Angela Yuen. Taking part in the 3rd edition of Central West HK, this joint exhibition opens on 28th January, 2021 from 2pm to 8pm in our newly renovated space and remains on view through to 27 February, 2021.
Fung Kuen Suet Michelle’s new series of works creates a remarkable narrative of an ecotopian world in 2084 called “Polluta” –a floating city in the sky colonised by only artists. Using cartoonised animal images, such as zebra, chicken and deer, the artist is giving a voice to her characters in telling their stories that echo with the landscape of the art world in the 21st century. Her paintings gather together playfulness, sarcasm and contradictions, acting as her own response to the current environment. The humorous characters in her works tell a story that provides the viewer with routes of escape from the reality.
Fatina Kong’s works incorporate the idea of lives and events in endless cycles. She has been exploring the relationship between nature and human society and has built a unique perspective on the cycle of life. She wrote, “things are always changing and goes around in circles”. Her works therefore usually come in round forms, implying the cycle of birth and death. The buildings, crystals, stones and plants in her artwork are also presented in a way to express their interdependent relationship. Her latest work “Somewhere, Sometimes” is inspired by the Chinese poem “Flowers No Flower” by the renowned Tang dynasty poet Bai Juyi, expressing the illusion and perishability of creature:
“Like the flower that fades and dies, like the morning mist,
which comes in the darkness of night, departs at first light,
life that comes in spring like a dream, leaves like a morning cloud,
and then is nowhere to be found.”
Livy Leung’s new works are inspired by her late night cogitations towards the future. The artist described how she often spent the past year going to bed with fear yet waking up with hope. She was concerned with the unknowns of tomorrow, while at the same time looking forward to a better future after sunrise. With her energetic brushstrokes and vivid colours, the artist consistently recomposes her thoughts and amplifies her imaginary world as a form of expression and self-indulgence within her own creative process.
Having received a joint degree from the University of the Arts Berlin and China Academy of Arts Hangzhou, a strong German influence can be found in the works of Chinese contemporary artist Liang Manqi. Lingering between abstract and non-abstract, rational and irrational, Liang focuses on how space, media and colour convert their relationships between real and virtual contexts in polygonal dimensions. By creating a layered and spatial of emotion on flat canvases, she utilizes the combination of fragments of colours as an exploration of a new three-dimensional space. The continuous regrouping of colours strikes a harmonious balance between the image and the space. Her latest works featured in this exhibition further enrich the dynamics of geometry and invite viewers to plunge into her parallel world.
Depicting scenes from everyday life and mixing them with elements from famous paintings by contemporary masters, the works of young Spanish artist Elías Peña Salvador hover between figuration and abstraction, chaos and harmony, allowing multiple feelings and perspectives to intermingle. Going beyond representation, each scene pulls the viewer closer to the subjectivity of human consciousness: a distillation of personal experience, of a particular moment that remains open and fluid to the viewer’s interpretation.
With toys and stationeries from old local family-owned stores, Angela Yuen builds a miniature skyline with colourful rotating light projection through these found objects. The small plastic pieces used signify the golden era of Hong Kong’s manufacturing industry back in the 50s and 60s, which help elevate Hong Kong to its current position on the global stage. These colourful installations are nostalgic and fun, and instantly attract the viewers to immerse themselves in the artworks’ warm and uplifting atmosphere.