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Exhibition reflects pressures of urban life

Reflecting the anxiety and insecurity of urban life, the latest works by local artist Li Yau-mang will be showcased from tomorrow (June 30) to July 10 at the Exhibition Hall of Hong Kong City Hall.

Through observation and reflection, Li Yau-mang is inspired by his surroundings and takes social problems as the subject matter of his paintings. Images of babies, cats and buildings, which are commonly found in his works, reflect his unique view of city life. A plastic baby doll is a figurative image of the general public. The working class bearing the huge pressures of work is as vulnerable as a baby. These people have lost focus and do not know whether to laugh or to cry. The cat, which Chinese people believe can exorcise evil spirits, represents justice. The crowded buildings represent the artist's feelings about the modern city.

In the exhibition, "Displacement and Transformation - Works by Li Yau-mang", Li has eschewed perspective, a technique seldom used in traditional Chinese paintings. His works, with their deliberately confused composition, depict a state of anxiety and insecurity.

The exhibition, 13th and last of the Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme II, is organised by the Art Promotion Office (APO) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The scheme is also a partnership project with the Mass Transit Railway Corporation, aiming to promote local visual arts to the public.

Free guided tours will be offered to the public and school groups. For bookings, contact the Community Art Team of the APO on 3101 2712 or 3101 2713.

To learn more about the artist and his work, visit the APO's website: .

Hong Kong City Hall is located at 5-7 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong. The Exhibition Hall is open daily from 10am to 8pm and from 10am to 1pm on July 10. Admission is free.

Ends/Wednesday, June 29, 2005

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