Past Exhibition

Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme IV: Ordinary Game ─ Works by Alice Nga-yu Lai
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Have you read Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? Alice, the lead character, enters a fantasy world through a rabbit hole, and encounters many strange creatures and experiences. In the end, everything turns out to be a dream. Nevertheless, this has not prevented the story from giving readers years of joy and room for endless imagination.

While "Alice" doesn't exist in the real world, Alice Lai does. She likes to create ordinary games with the most common and inconspicuous daily objects, not just for fun but as a way to share with others the joys of her art. In her garden, girlish objects such as red belts, pearl necklaces, small wooden beads and cake wrapping paper transform into spider webs, flowers, mushrooms, little snakes and even tiny beings falling out of the sky. Sourcing pads, plastic gloves, roundish aluminum foil and metal hot-pot ladles turn into moths, legged eggs, ants and strange creatures struggling to break free from a cocoon. Alice expertly created handicrafts do not come with serious creative notions, nor do they call for mind-wracking analyses. All they require is for you enjoy them and relax.

As for Alice paintings, they evoke the same rich imagination as her 3-dimensional works. When we look at her paintings, our gaze is attracted to the full array of bright colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, pink, white; organic shapes freely dispersed onto the canvas. This and her attention to detail can lead one's mind to wander her cellular world populated by odd creatures, filled with a sense of fun and wonderment.

Art does not have to be incomprehensible or pretentious. Alice explores the flexibility of everyday objects, creating fascinating scenes through transformation. Through the use of bright colours and minute detail, Alice derives the satisfaction of creation with the hope that her work can influence those around her by allowing them to share in her joy. This is the final objective of her game.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has a long-standing commitment in providing diverse art, cultural and recreational activities to the local community. Through the "Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme" organised by the Art Promotion Office, we are able to partner with commercial organisations in taking the works of local artists to various communities. For this exhibition, we have joined hands with the Tsuen Wan Plaza of Sun Hung Kai Real Estate Agency Limited to bring the works of our young artist Alice Lai to Tsuen Wan and also exhibited in the Hong Kong Central Library. We hope that those who happen upon these works will find something that belongs to them in "Alice's rabbit hole".

Exhibition Opening Ceremony
Date: 16.4.2009 (Thursday)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Venue: Exhibition Gallery 1, Hong Kong Central Library
Address: 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Exhibition Venues and Dates
Date: 16 – 29.4.2009
Time: 10:00am – 10:00pm daily
Venue: Exhibition Gallery 1, Hong Kong Central Library
Address: 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Free admission

Date: 19 – 29.6.2009
Time: 10:00am – 10:00pm daily
Venue: L1 Promotion Area, Tsuen Wan Plaza
Address: 4 – 30 Tai Pa Street, Tsuen Wan, N.T. (Exit A2 of MTR Tusen Wan West Station)
Free admission

Education and Extension Activities
1) Free Guided Tour for groups / schools (in Cantonese)
2) "Ordinary Game" Family Workshop (in Cantonese)
For reservation and enquiries, please call the Community Art Team at 3101 2712 / 3101 2713.