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'People嚗Chair - Works by Freeman Lau' at Hong Kong City Hall April 2-6

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People嚗Chair - Works by Freeman Lau, an exhibition of more than 50 posters, sculptures and installations, opens tomorrow (April 2) and continues until April 6 at the Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, Low Block.

It is the third solo exhibition under the Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme II organised by the Art Promotion Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, in partnership with the Mass Transit Railway Corporation.

Freeman Lau's work consists of both graphic designs and pure artistic creations. In one of his most successful explorations of contemporary experience, he examines the interplay between people and chairs.

To Lau, the chair symbolises power and status.

His major outdoor sculpture Searching for Fixation -- first shown at the Urban Council Sculpture Design Award Competition in 1994 -- expressed what he saw at the time as Hong Kong people's hunger for social status. Then in 1998 he staged his Searching for Fixation II exhibition at the Hong Kong Fringe Club, using chairs of the sort commonly associated with the former colonial government to reflect people's mixed feelings about the establishment.

One of Lau's posters, Patient - Bridge of Communication, created in 1997, contains an image of piled-up chairs that form a communication bridge between people.

Free guided tours of the exhibition are available to groups and schools. For information, call the Community Art Team of the Art Promotion Office on 2521 3008.

For a closer look at Lau's work, see the website at http://www.artistneighbourhood.info.

Hong Kong City Hall is located at Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong. The exhibition will be open from 10 am to 8 pm from April 2 to April 5, and from 10 am to 5 pm on April 6. Admission is free.

End/Tuesday, April 1, 2003

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