A Hong Kong Everyday 港式日常

日期
08/07/2016 - 11:00 - 20/08/2016 - 19:00
地址
Karin Weber Gallery
G/F, 20 Aberdeen Street Central, Hong Kong

A Hong Kong Everyday:
Brainrental, Elvis Yip Kin Bon and Joyce Lung Yuet Ching

8 July- 20 August, 2016

Karin Weber Gallery is pleased to present A Hong Kong Everyday: New Works by Brainrental Elvis Yip Kin Bon and Joyce Lung Yuet Ching. In this exhibition, the gallery explores the relationship between everyday life and the art it inspires by considering the works of three Hong Kong artists.

On the surface, Brainrental's cardboard laptops, Elvis' masking tape depictions, and Joyce’s bottles of cleaning products in ceramic, appear to be nothing but replicas of common objects for daily use. Look closer, however, and these mundane objects are transformed into vehicles for social commentary, critique and nostalgia.

Brainrental (Kevin Leung, Roger Mak and Chu Cheung) a trio of inspired thinkers, “rent each other’s brains,” they like to say, in order gain new insight into any given project. The team is obsessed with old technology, objects that once caught their collective gaze, but have lost their allure due to new advancements. By recreating these once treasured gadgets in cardboard, the group suggests their fragility and impermanence. Yet there is also something more: these objects also hold memories and conjure up feelings of nostalgia for a past era.

Elvis Yip Kin Bon, an artist famous for his unusual use of materials in his artistic creations, skips between light and heavy societal themes with the flirty agility of a butterfly. From his masking tape-covered canvases depicting the unexpected delicacy of everyday urban life to a collage made from horse race betting tickets, an interesting commentary on this favorite Hong Kong pastime, Elvis plays with themes familiar to his local audience.

Joyce Lung Yuet Ching, a young artist who recently graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University, Academy of Visual Arts, expresses nostalgia for the family helper the artist holds dear. Joyce creates ceramic works inspired by everyday cleaning products. These are not emblazoned with the brand names; however, they hold pictorialized memory fragments that Joyce and the helper share. It is the artist’s intention to express her affection for a woman who, quite literally, “walked her through her childhood.” Joyce also hopes to inspire local citizens to think more deeply about how they treat the individuals who care for the city’s young souls.

Some say life is art, but art is life too. Like all of us, artists are not immune to the unconscious influence of everyday life on the mind and spirit. Sometimes the most extraordinary inspiration comes from the most ordinary objects and the routines associated with them.

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港式日常
大腦出租、葉建邦和龍悅程聯展

2016年7月8日— 8月20日

香港凱倫偉伯畫廊呈獻「港式日常」—大腦出租、葉建邦和龍悅程聯展。是次展覽旨在借三名藝術家及創作單位的作品探討生活與藝術創作的關係。

乍看之下,大腦出租的卡紙製手提電腦、葉氏作品中的皺紋膠紙,龍氏陶瓷作品中所見的家居清潔用品,全都不過是普通的日常用品。但仔細了解下,便會發現藝術家正正是透過這些日常用品來回應社會議題、反思生活,以及抒發懷愁。

大腦出租,由Chu Cheung, Kevin Leung and Roger Mak三人組成,喻意把自各大腦中的創意及靈感出租給對方。三人均鐘情於科技產品。這些產品被新科技取代之前,也是我們生活中不可或缺的東西。大腦出租以卡紙重現這些科技產品,藉以揭示當中的脆弱和無常,同時也代表著過去一代的集體回憶。

葉建邦,對創作物料總有獨特想法的藝術家,如蝴蝶般以輕型的姿態在社會議題的輕和重之間飛舞。昔日葉氏喜歡以皺紋膠紙塑造了一幅幅城市生活的面貌,畫面中獨特的美感使人無法預料地吸引。到今日,葉氏的創作物料由皺紋膠紙轉向現成物,作品以一張張博彩彩票拼貼而成。彩票是香港日常裡的一部分,藝術家嘗試以自己的角度來表達對博彩的看法。

龍悅程,剛從香港浸會大學視覺藝術院畢業的年輕藝術家,以陶瓷作品表達她對兒時家傭的懷念之情。龍氏作品的靈感來自日常生活中的清潔用品。在其作品中,清潔用品的表面不再是以品牌名稱或使用說明等包裝,而是畫上一幕幕龍氏小時侯與家傭之間抹不掉的回憶。家傭幾乎陪龍氏走過整段童年時光,然而作品不僅是為了懷緬二人之間的情感,更是為藉此讓大眾反思自己對家傭的態度。

常言生活就是藝術,其實藝術也是生活。跟我們一樣,藝術家很多的創作靈感也是源自生活中的種種,潛移默化。往往最不平凡的創作總是來自最平凡的日常。

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