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When Less is More

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Opening / Event Date:
10 February, 2018
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Closing / End Date:
7 April, 2018
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Open especially for South Island Art Day on 29 March 2018 Thursday 10am-2pm

Address: 2305 Hing Wai Centre, 7 Tin Wan Praya Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Free shuttle bus from Grand Hyatt to Alisan Fine Arts via Wong Chuk Hang (Ovolo Hotel) from 10am to 12noon, www.sicd.com.hk for more info

This group exhibition seeks to demonstrate how minimum ink brushwork functions with white space to establish the essence of classical Chinese painting. By highlighting the delicacy of lines and beauty of the simple brush strokes instead of focusing on the negative space often found in Western abstract works, these paintings offer the viewer a different way to appreciate abstract paintings.  On view will be 18 abstract B/W ink works on paper by 5 selected artists from China, Hong Kong and France.

Fung Ming-chip  International avant-garde calligrapher from Hong Kong who not only extends the tradition of calligraphy, but also expands its development as a contemporary art form. He was born in Guangdong, China, in 1951. Since 1975, Fung has diligently practiced traditional calligraphy, and has also been guided by the hallmarks of Abstract Expressionism, especially by the movement’s emphasis on the gestural treatment of line and space. In 1977, he moved to New York, and since 1986, he has lived between New York, Taipei and Hong Kong. In 2004, he was artist in residence at Jesus College, Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom. Through his own unique process of research and analysis, Fung Ming-chip draws out new inferences on both a technical and conceptual level, leading him to new discoveries. To date, he has developed over one hundred and forty new strains of calligraphy. Positing and predicting new classifications in calligraphic development, Fung undertakes experiments to determine the feasibilities and possibilities inherent within each one.

Kan Tai-keung    One of Hong Kong’s most famous graphic designers and noted ink painters. Since the early 1970s Kan has been actively involved in art and design education, and has influenced many of his pupils. Born in 1942 in Pangyu, Guangdong, Kan has resided in Hong Kong since 1957. His passion for painting developed early on in his childhood, and his grandfather, Kan Yaosheng, a clay sculptor, encouraged his pursuit of art. Kan first studied art and design in 1964, and then watercolour painting and sketching with his uncle Kan May-tin. In 1967, he began attending design classes taught by Wucius Wong and Chinese ink painting lessons under Lui Shou-kwan. Concurrently, he began working as a professional designer. In 1969, he began creating his own ink paintings, and became a member and chairman of the One Art Group. Kan was an active participant of Hong Kong’s New Ink Art Movement and has continued to explore his unique brand of creativity. In 2005, Kan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Design from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is now the Chair Professor of the Cheung Kong School of Art and Design, Shantou University, Guest Professor of Central Institute of Fine Arts in Beijing and Guest Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Shao Yan   Outstanding abstract ink artist from Beijing. He was born in Shandong Province in 1962. He studied Fine Arts at Shandong Laiyang University in 1981 and at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1990. Shao skillfully merges abstraction and traditional calligraphy, creatively presenting his subconscious images through modern calligraphy. The works exhibited reveal his various experiments and exploration of the deconstruction of form and the space of Chinese ideograms. Shao’s state of mind is portrayed by the diverse brushstrokes and the aura of his works has been strengthened through consistent practice and reviews.   

Fabienne Verdier   Well-known French abstract artist who was born in Paris in 1962. Rebellious by nature, Verdier graduated from her art school in Toulouse with a first-class degree in 1984, and was subsequently awarded a study grant to learn calligraphy in Chongqing as part of a student exchange program between the two cities. However, when she arrived at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing she discovered that calligraphy was not taught. Through grit and determination she managed to convince two former calligraphers to teach her, spending her spare time copying reproductions of famous Chinese texts. She stayed in China for ten years, winning research grants to continue studying, all the while absorbing the culture and travelling extensively throughout the country. These experiences and her training in calligraphy undoubtedly influenced her artistic direction, and gave her a unique perspective on the dynamic between Eastern and Western art. In 1989, in recognition of her accomplishments in calligraphy she was made a member of the National Calligraphers’ Association, the only foreign member, and invited the following year to take part in an international calligraphy exhibition at the National Art Museum in Beijing. In 1992, she returned to France, where she currently lives and works.   

Zhang Yu    Beijing artist world-renowned for his Fingerprint and “Pu’er Tea” performance and installation art. He was born in Tianjin, China in 1959 and graduated from the Tianjin Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1988. Throughout his artistic career he has been engaged with the language of art and experimental ink painting, contributing to and reforming the discursive boundaries of ink art. His early series, Divine Light, became internationally recognized when they were included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, Ink Art: Past As Present in Contemporary China, in 2013. The Fingerprint and installation works have been exhibited in major exhibitions in China, Taiwan, Europe and America.




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