Guest Curators: Yeung Yang, Susi Law, Joao Li, So Wai-lam and
Artists: Joe Chan, Thickest Choi, Sunday Lai, Swing Lam, Fiona Lee, Mak Ying-tung, Wong Chun-hoi and Wong Kit-yi (with Ali Wong)
Design Partner: Karr Yip
In the show that kicked off the Sparkle! exhibition series, the curatorial team presented various versions of the artists' biographies to explore the trajectories of their lives. This exhibition – a step forward (or back) – explores the worlds that the artists currently inhabit, that is everything that intersects and overlaps where they are right now on their journey. The exhibition is a digest of dialogue and interaction between five curators of different time and space together with eight artists dedicated to different creative angles and aspects. They view this exhibition as a chance to drop anchor in the sea of dialogue and to take a bearing on three possible courses: "Where else to go", "Elsewhere to go" and "Way to go".
"Where else to go?" is a question of our times, but where does it come from? As artists go about their work, how do they put this question to themselves? Do puzzles in art coincide with puzzles in other worlds? "Where else to go?" may not be a question motivated by getting lost, but it calls for pauses between our footsteps and time to take a breath. It makes possible the freedom to pursue a destination.
Living in a world where work, leisure and rest are compartmentalised in time and space, we are not encouraged to address the relationships between experiences and thus to reflect on life. Are artists who live among others in this alienated world able to find the freedom to pursue an "elsewhere to go" in their creative processes? And as a pursuit, how different is "elsewhere" from leisure and pleasure of the consumerist kind?
In a world slanted in favour of material growth, differences are rejected, thickness is flattened. Do artists who naturally find a "way to go" change the coordinates and boundaries between these worlds? Do they find reasons to be at home with themselves?
Date: 13.2 – 21.6.2015
Time: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Closed on Mondays from 10:00am – 2:00pm, except public holidays
Scholars in Conversation with Artists
For many people, the "publicness" of art is something that lies outside their conception of the personal nature of artistic creation. The assumption is that personal creation must come first before there can be any talk about the relations that works of art have with the world (in public), for example the impact that they have on politics and society. This is often accompanied by the idea that certain spaces and conditions enable artists to work in their own worlds. These beliefs see art as an occupation from the viewpoint of the public, but what they fail to take into account is the perspective in which the public world is seen through the vision of art. Is art immanent in the cosmic order or in the ethics of law? How does art see materiality and human relations? Aiming to bring together the artistically personal and the artistically public so that they inspire each other, these education and extension activities engage with few sets of ideas of interest for participating artists. The public is invited to contribute to the conversations.
1. A Conversation between Artists and Legal Scholar (in Cantonese)
Speakers: Dr. Marco Wan and artists
Date: 28.2.2015 (Sat)
Venue: Exhibition Gallery 2, Oi!
2. A Conversation between Artists and Physicist (in Cantonese)
Speakers: Dr. Chan Chi-wang and artists
Date: 12.3.2015 (Thu)
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Exhibition Gallery 2, Oi!
3. From North Point to the North Pole (in English)
Speakers: Shen Ruijun, Richard Vine, Dr Stephen Ng and Wong Kit-yi
Date: 14.3.2015 (Sat)
Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm
Tel : 2512 3000
Fax : 2512 3022