【A painting exhibition connecting people, objects and space】
Opening: 18 Nov (Sat) 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Forum: 18 Nov (Sat) 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Exhibition Date: 18 – 30 Nov 2017
(opening hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm)
Venue: Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Communication and Visual Arts Building, 5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong
“We have invited seven artists from different places to take part in this exhibition. The exhibition “borrows” from each artist paintings which are representative of his/her art
making, including a new series completed in recent years and a selected earlier work. Interwoven with works across a number of years, the exhibition explores the association between people, objects and places, and talks about the value of diversity and the many faces of contemporary painting.
The participating artists come from different parts of the world. They speak different languages and have different cultural backgrounds. They have, however, settled down for some time in one of these three Chinese cities: Hong Kong, Shanghai and Hangzhou. With Hong Kong, all of them have direct or indirect connection, or they can somehow trace their paths back to the place. Some of them were born in Hong Kong and later moved to another city. Some came to Hong Kong to work many years ago and eventually built their home here. Some are living in another city but frequently return to Hong Kong to show their works.
This project first started in 2015. The curatorial team visited Hong Kong, Shanghai and Hangzhou a number of times, meeting the artists for interviews and selecting the works to be shown. In the past two years, we had the chance to know each artist’s exploration in their artistic pursuit. We saw in studios paintings to be completed, went through one by one sketches stored in an old suitcase, looked at collections carefully archived in warehouses of galleries and art museums, and came across graffiti still fresh as yesterday around a corner on our way to visit an artist.
Special thanks go to the seven participating artists: Basmat Levin, Cheng Tsai-tung, Cho Yeou-jui, Frank Vigneron, Siuhak, Tom O’Dea, and Toru Harada. Their participation is the key to the success of this exhibition. We would also like to express heartfelt gratitude to the curatorial team for their professional support, and those galleries and private organizations which have allowed us to share the artists’ works with this exhibition’s audience.”