In the fast-growing and highly commercialized society of Hong Kong, fine art becomes a particularly priceless presence. Graduates of Hong Kong Art School will participate in ‘Fine Art Asia 2020’ and exhibit their works at the end of November. Taking the center stage in the exhibition are works inspired by the impact of Covid-19 on Hong Kong to highlight the unnoticeable sides of the city. At the same time, the school will also host a sculpture exhibition, ‘Material and Physics’.
焦點展覽一 ： 「典亞藝博2020」 | Highlighted Exhibition 1: ‘Fine Art Asia 2020’
Internationally renowned and recognized as the premium art fair in Asia, all art pieces featured in the exhibition underwent a strict selection process. As the art fair’s education partner for ten consecutive years, Hong Kong Art School also participates in Fine Art Asia again in November this year to showcase art works of their graduates.
The school’s ceramics major puts emphasis on the development of traditional craftsmanship and encourages students to explore and experiment with materials, forms, applications and content to inject new meanings into ceramics. ‘Symbionts’ by Ceramic art graduate Kate Siu Man-kit, is born after Siu’s innovative integration between ceramics and a range of urban waste, including used bricks, feathers, iron nails, stones, etc. During pandemic, Siu feels the depressing atmosphere in Hong Kong and her isolated and distant relationship with the city. Through ‘Symbionts’, she reassembled and re-interpreted the urban waste, and ultimately created her artworks to explore the possibility of coexistence of a city from a micro perspective. During the process of creation, it alleviated her fear of the environmental and atmospheric changes in this city, and at the same time inspired her to find a way out of anxiety and insecurity. By referencing from the mutually beneficial symbiosis relationships in nature, Siu applies this concept to her personal coexistence idea. Through this artwork, she hopes to deliver the message that ‘you and I can coexist in opposition’.
“Previously, I was only exposed to the superficial and functional side of ceramic art. The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Ceramics) programme of the school provides me exposure to contemporary art – I no longer see contemporary art as an abstract concept that is difficult to understand. Since I have taken this course, I discover my passion for contemporary art and its unlimited possibility. I used to work as a home appliance product designer, now I have found a new direction in life and creative enthusiasm after my three-year degree programme. I am now engaged in art-related work.”said Siu.
The painting major of the school stresses the teaching of western contemporary painting, and examines the characteristics of painting. Painting is no longer limited to the presentation of two-dimensional surface, it is a critical and self-projecting medium. Students are asked to review their creative ideas and express their creativity with painting techniques and related theoretical knowledge. Dr. Lee Boon-ying, the former Director of the Hong Kong Observatory and a painting graduate of the HKAS degree programme, skillfully combines art and science to study the relationship between form and colour in his works. His work ‘Lockdown Lethargy’ is primarily made of objects available on the street, especially paperboards. Paperboards are eco-friendly and sustainable, in addition, they also symbolize trading and globalization. Paperboards also reflect the plight of elderly scavengers to address human rights and equality issues. Through his artwork, Lee addresses different cultural moments in Hong Kong through various memories and forms. The history, morals and family values of the city are paramount.
The photography programme mainly explores picture creation methods with light through digital and negative film and other forms, along with a focus on pondering about photography from a theoretical and historical perspective. Photography graduate Mr. Magus Yuen Kam-wa began his creation of ‘The Pearl of the Orient 2020’, a series of four photographic works, six months ago. His series of works, which consists of postcards created by inkjet printing on aluminum plates, is inspired by the traditional postcards that portray the city to visitors. However, since the outbreak of pandemic, Yuen found it hard to purchase postcards in tourist areas and this prompted him to reflect on the future of Hong Kong.
“Hong Kong Art School’s photography courses are completely different from the ones I have taken in the past. The first semester of the course had a great impact on me. Having an understanding of art inspires the possibilities and diversity of my photography creation. Two alumni and I have jointly established an art group named 2M07 to create various installation artworks. The studio’s works are based on the local culture to form the creative concept, and our art works mostly ridicule and mock the current social phenomena.” said Yuen. Featuring black outer frames with blurred images in the center, his works aim to express his feeling of perplexity towards Hong Kong through a hazy vision. “Postcards usually represent the most beautiful scenery of a place, but when the place changes drastically or even disappears gradually, what will happen to the original scenery?” Yuen said.
Hong Kong Art School @ Fine Art Asia 2020
Date: 2020. 11. 27 – 30
Time: Friday – Sunday, 11:00 – 19:00; Monday, 11:00 – 18:00
Venue: 香港會議展覽中心3F號展覽廳 (展位 F1)
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center Hall 3F (Booth: F1)
焦點展覽二：「物料與物理」雕塑展 | Highlighted Exhibition 2：Material and Physics
The school’s sculpture major combines woodworking, metalworking, mixed media, soft sculpture and even audio-visual media. While traditional and experimental elements are of equal importance, it also promotes the revitalization of traditional craftsmanship. Students are encouraged to explore contemporary sculptures such as cross-sector art language and material nature, social and spatial elements. Led by local artist, seasoned curator and alumnus Mr. Joe Chan Kiu-hong and jointly curated by six sculpture graduates of the Hong Kong Art School ,the Material and PhysicsSculpture Exhibition addresses common questions about the choice and application of materials for sculpture creation, for instance, “What are the relative application and processing skills required for the physical characteristics of the material?”, “How to design the piece to achieve an anti-gravity effect?”, “How to install or display the finished product?”, “How to present or record? “. A series of options and combinations effectively connect art, science, physics, logic, experience and perception. If the finished product is regarded as a result, can the production process be viewed as a narrative or content itself?
Annebell Chan majored in sculpture and subsequently engaged in painting, installation art and video creations with a focus on human nature. Through addition and subtraction of sculptures, memory, metaphors and nature of ready-made objects are personified by injecting emotions,
Lit Wing-hung’s creation mainly focuses on mixed media sculptures and installations. Her personal life experience, physical limitations, social and current affairs are her creative background. Her works respond to the dissatisfaction and observations that she encounters in life with a sense of humor.
Using papers as the core medium, Meko Cheng Hoi Yan’s works highlight weight, pulling-force and the material properties. The piece is connected by magnets and is evolved from her personal experience of the creation process. Through magnetism, the work is shown in a state of development – one can gaze at the front albeit with a distance, and embark on a journey of imagination in the blank space.
“The school’s sculpture courses allow me to excel in my current job which covers product design and shop decoration. After taking this course, I can employ the skills that I have gained, such as mold casting and object installations into my work. I will continue to pursue my creative passion in a studio with other alumni,” said Cheng.
「物料與物理」雕塑展 Material and Physics
Date: 2020. 10. 11 – 11. 26
Time: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 – 20:00
Venue: 香港藝術學院藝廊 (香港灣仔港灣道2號香港藝術中心10樓)
The Gallery of Hong Kong Art School
(10/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
Photo courtesy of the artists and Hong Kong Art School