Exhibition reflects artists' concern about the environment
The Hong Kong Museum of Art will hold an exhibition entitled "New Vision: New Colours", from tomorrow (February 5) until April 25. The exhibition features 13 artworks selected from the collection of the Museum of Art and recent works by local artists, and attempts to explore, through new perspectives, the new colour of the world.
Artists participating in the exhibition are: Jaffa Lam Laam, Luke Ching Chin-wai, Leung Chi-wo, Almond Chu, Lam Tung-pang, Chu Hing-wah, Choi Yan-chi, Simon Chau, Kung Chi-shing, Tim Li, Kacey Wong, and Kingsley Ng.
The Curator (Modern Art) of Museum of Art, Ms Ivy Lin, said environmental protection was an issue of global concern in the 21st century, and the exhibition was organised to arouse public concern over the issue. Exhibits include the photograph series "Artificial Landscapes Series" by Almond Chu which captures images of the man-made structures that "transformed" the natural landscape in Hong Kong, scenes of landfills, water tanks and recycling centres under a bright blue sky that provoke reflections. "Global Warming" is a manifestation of Lam Tung-pang's concern for climate change. The image of glaciers slowly thawing by candlelight invites visitors to reflect on global warming and its possible impact on the next generation.
"Hong Kong as the homeland of the artists, - its past, present and future all connect closely to their creative ideas," Ms Lin said. Chu Hing-wah shares his memories of a beautiful childhood, despite its difficulties, in "My Days in Temple Street". His work is representative of Hong Kong people's shared aspirations to reminisce about a collective memory of the past. Choi Yan-chi's installation artwork presents a beautified and revitalised Kai Tak Nullah, bringing along an aspired view that urban development can introduce positive transformation to city dwellers and the world. Kingsley Ng introduces his work in a symbolism by distilling the seawater of Kwun Tong and separating it into salt and water. "Distilling Kwun Tong" depicts the transformation of Kwun Tong - beginning at its current status as a shopping hotspot, going back to the days when it was known as an industrial district with polluted water, then further traces its early origin as a salt field. The story of Kwun Tong comes alive in this time-shifting narrative.
Through "Famiglia Grande", Kacey Wong presents a set of folding beds with race car design, symbolising his goodwill in providing transient refuge for those driven to the streets by the financial crisis while raising questions about the quality of life of the homeless. Tim Li re-created the "Hanging Garden" by nylon folding beds that he made together with 10 residents of Sham Shui Po in 2007, and named his latest work "Unfolding the Possible II". This time, the work was created under the idea of community involvement. Leung Chi-wo drew inspiration from a small alley in a Chinatown in Australia, where he discerned the footprints of Hong Kong immigrants, and created "The Great Development of Smythe Kangaroo Island".
"Luke Ching presents' Easy To Learn Cantonese Chapter I: Ou Oi Lei (I Love You)' in vernacular Cantonese. By conveying the inanity in modern dialogues, he invites the visitors to rethink the true meaning of the words," Ms Lin said.
Revitalisation in the soul is also a subject matter of the exhibition. Jaffa Lam's "To Someone Who Wants to Fly", Kung Chi-shing's "Wavelengths (450-570 nm)" and Simon Chau's "Reflections" all address this issue.
The Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It opens from 10am to 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and Fridays, and from 10am to 8pm on Saturdays. On Chinese New Year's Eve, the museum will close at 5pm. It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Admission is $10 and a half-price concession is available for full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Admission is free on Wednesdays.
For enquiries, call 2721 0116 or visit the Museum of Art's website http://hk.art.museum .
Ends/Thursday, February 4, 2010
One of the exhibits, "Unfolding the Possible II", by Tim Li.
One of the exhibits, "Recycling Plant, Chai Wan" of Artificial Landscape Series, by Almond Chu.
One of the exhibits, "When I Pass Mei Fu", by Chu Hing-wah.
One of the exhibits, "To Someone Who Wants to Fly", by Jaffa Lam Laam.