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Exhibition to showcase family's artworks

A selection of artworks by Man Fung-yi, Mok Yat-sen and their son are on display in the exhibition, "Between Public and Private – An Exhibition of Their Artworks as a Family by Man Fung-yi and Mok Yat-san" from today (September 14) until September 21 at the Kwai Tsing Theatre.

The exhibition features 24 artworks, mainly works created by the Man and Mok family from 1999 to 2005, and others by local school students. The exhibition will move to the Tiu Keng Leng MTR Station from September 23 to October 13.

Man Fung-yi initially painted with acrylics and mixed media. Later, her painting style became more simple, elegant and minimal. The exhibit, "Untitled (White)" created in 1999, features three large pieces of cotton and linen on which neat groups of round white dots are painted. This subtle work of art generates a serene and relaxing ambience inside the exhibition hall.

Similar neat dotted patterns can also be found in Man's later works. During her pregnancy in 2001, Man tried a new technique – burning small holes in silk with joss sticks, creating round upon round of neat circular patterns. To create such orderly circular patterns, the artist must have had a great stillness of mind and total attentiveness to the work at hand.

In 2003, when a relative became critically ill, Man once again used joss sticks, fire and silk, as if burning incense to pray for Heaven's blessings. Her relative eventually recovered, and she later named the work "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" as an expression of her gratitude to Heaven. This refined and touching art piece won her the Prize of Excellence at the Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition 2003. She moved one step further in 2005 by drilling small holes in brass, creating her first three-dimensional work, "To Cuddle or Not to Cuddle Series", which ponders the process of holding firm and letting go in love.

Mok Yat-san is skilled in using a wide range of materials. The artworks showcased in this exhibition clearly demonstrated his talent. In 2001, he took plastic distilled-water bottles and filled them with acrylic resin to produce a transparent-looking sculpture – "Reproduction of Purity". This bottled-shaped, plastic piece of work is intended as a manifestation of untouchable empty space, generating a familiar yet strange image.

Mok further explores the concept of empty and solid space in another artwork, "Study in Chiselling & Filling I". In this work, he first used wood-carving tools to chisel out a variety of shapes on a woodblock, thus creating negative space. He then filled the space with silicone, allowing the negative space in the wood to re-emerge as a solid. In this way, empty space is instantaneously transformed into substance.

The work, "In Between Pure & Pale (Inside Lotus)", is a cast of Mok's wife's extended abdomen made by Mok while Man was pregnant. This 3D, round-shaped creation is Man and Mok's way of recording the family's collective memory of pregnancy and child-bearing. Now their son, Chun-chun, is nearly four. His works are illustrative of profound innocence and warmth. Indeed, the compositions bring out the childish heart within people and challenge them to express their innate creativity. By reliving their happy memories as children, people can draw on their unrestrained creativity.

In this exhibition, Man and Mok's personal vision is juxtaposed with primary and secondary school students' site-specific artworks. In this showcase of individual and public compositions – which is itself reminiscent of the still-and-moving, empty-and-solid character of Man and Mok's own works – the seemingly conflicting works of art are allowed to clash and generate unlimited new creative possibilities.

The Kwai Tsing Theatre is located at 12 Hing Ning Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories. It opens from 10am to 8pm daily. Tiu Keng Leng MTR Station opens from 6am to 1am. Admission is free.

For details of the exhibition, visit the website at For enquiries, call 3101 2712 or 3101 2713.

Ends/Wednesday, September 14, 2005
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