Can everyday objects be reinterpreted? Artist Angel Hui and designer Michael Leung are interested in the fabled beasts and imaginary landscapes in the pre-Qin classic text Shan Hai Jing (The Classic of Mountains and Seas). Starting from this transgenerational imagination, they give ordinary objects a second life by making them more intriguing and functional. Their goal is to attract visitors' attention to the minutiae around them and imbue everyday objects with new meanings by adopting unique concepts, artistic practices and designs.
Angel Hui transforms tissue paper commonly used in everyday life into ceramic works and paints mythical demons and rare animals from Shan Hai Jing on the ceramic "tissue paper" after Chinese blue-and-white porcelain designs, blurring the boundary between art and everyday life. Another of her artworks was inspired by the local urban landscape of Hong Kong's Goldfish Market. She embroiders lively goldfish images on transparent plastic bags and turns a spatial installation into an exotic landscape. Interested in the extensive reinterpretations of Shan Hai Jing, Michael Leung transforms disposable wooden boxes into incense burners, from which the rising smoke depicts the forgotten passage of time, and the weight of the ashes signifies palpable time. Both Angel and Michael reinterpret ordinary everyday objects, such as facial masks, disinfectants and patterns on plastic shopping bags, to create two groups of neon light installations, which reflect the new normal under the pandemic and reveal pleasant little surprises that we often overlook in everyday life.
6 –10, 15 – 28.2.2021
NT105, Nantou City of Shenzhen
11am – 6pm (Tuesdays to Sundays) Closed on Mondays
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