Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department Organised by the Art Promotion Office
Design Partner : Howard Cheng
The word ‘souvenir' is taken directly from the French for ‘to remember'. When we travel to foreign lands, we tend to acquire keepsakes as a remembrance or token of our visit. There are countless souvenir items: some people like to collect matchboxes, scenic postcards or keychains and magnets with depictions of famous landmarks, others prefer to buy more authentic items that aren't sold by tourist and gift shops.
Featuring two local artists, Carol Lee Mei-kuen and Trevor Yeung, the exhibition shows their unique travelogue of gleanings. Working in different media, Lee and Yeung both take inspiration from a wide variety of exotic plant gathered during their travels and re-express them in personalised artistic forms. Involving botanic observations and discoveries of natural origins, the transformation process creates new artistic idioms and opens up a universal panorama.
Carol Lee Mei-kuen likes to visit historical destinations where she can trace the provenance of culture and observe the natural sequence of events. Picking wild plants along the way, she presses them to retain their shapes in a ‘frozen' frame of time. When put together, the seemingly insignificant elements form an emblem of foreign lands.
Trevor Yeung, in contrast, gathers different plant species from around the world. Through horticulture and installations, he juxtaposes the relationship between natural landscapes and cultural ecology, while slowly exposing the growth patterns of the plants under photosynthesis. The geographical differences between various species are thus blurred, giving rise to an unusual bonsai art that resembles a miniature urban greenhouse.
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Exhibition Period : 7.9.2018 — 23.3.2019
Venue : 1/F Lobby, Trade and Industry Tower
(3 Concorde Road, Kowloon)
Opening hours :
Monday to Friday : 9am — 6pm
Saturday : 9am — 2pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays