【心安是歸處. A Contemporary Art Exhibition - One belongs where one is content】

日期
12/03/2016 - 11:00 - 29/04/2016 - 19:00
地址
1a space
九龍土瓜灣馬頭角道63號牛棚藝術村

《心安是歸處》展覽

李嘉誠:「心安是歸處。」
桂民海:「心安是歸處。」

同一番說話,兩個語境,給予香港人完全不同的感覺。前者瀟灑地為他的資產找到歸處,心安理得;後者則經由神秘途徑由泰國潛到國內,觸動港人一國兩制神經,然後他更煞有介事地拍攝影片道出他潛到國內為的也是心安理得,叫人不要炒作添亂,可惜事與願違,影片更多地教人不安。

其實從來「心安」與「歸處」就是小市民們的終極命題,而當下「心安是歸處。」的重複出現,卻有如影印本的影印本,逾加劣拙,讓看倌難堪。口說心安,卻製造了更多不安,「不安地裝作心安」可會是小市民對恐懼的終極妥協?香港人的歸處若不是香港,哪會是什麼地方?

在《心安是歸處》展覽裏,藝術家程展緯和楊秀卓,會就此展開他們藝術上的探索。程展緯將重新審視過去的他在心安時期的作品,還為大家在此不安時期加以重造,展示心安的可能性。楊秀卓是一位甚有熱誠的教師,他這次會控訴學校這個本來讓人心安的地方已經被國教弄得十分不安,亦令學校難以成為啓蒙下一代的歸處。

/ 展覽詳情 /
開幕酒會:3月11日(星期五), 6-8pm
展覽日期:3月12日至4月29日 (逢星期一休館)
藝術家分享會:4月10日 (星期日), 3-5pm

地點:九龍土瓜灣馬頭角道63號牛棚藝術村14號「1a空間」
查詢:2529-0087/ [email protected]
網址:www.oneaspace.org.hk

/ 藝術家簡介 /
程展緯
程展緯18歲前是木顏色高手(全班數一數二),篆刻都唔錯,26歲前跟陳老師學習混合媒介創作,當年混合媒介在媒介分類中就是「其他」。30歲前曾當四年級班主任,主教美勞兼教常識,30歲後才學會游水和踏單車,但還未懂中文打字就結婚了,算是一生的成就。40歲前才關心社會的公共空間和探討禮物經濟發展,希望在活生生的社会中回收活生生的藝術再學習。40歲後專注個人職業發展, 立志成為黃馬褂。

楊秀卓
畢業於香港大學藝術系及比較文學系。曾是一位活躍於八、九十年代的藝術家。人到中年,辭去做了十八年的會計工作,浪遊歐州十三個月。回港後一貧如洗,從返大學讀書,跟相差廿多年的同學一齊上課。畢業後,投身教育,一教又是十八年。相信藝術可以改變世界,相信藝術教育可以為學生充權。至今依然堅持這個信念,未來也會。

/ 策展人簡介 /
羅文樂 (羅文)
羅氏是一個典型跨媒介創作人,工作範疇由藝術創作、教學、設計、動畫到主持文藝電視節目,是那種好奇心滿瀉,可以做都嘗試做的人。2012年,羅氏作品被收錄於Hong Kong Eye: Hong Kong Contemporary Art (Serenella Ciclitira and Chang Tsong-Zung, Thames and Hudson, 2012);他策劃/共同組織前瞻性的計劃包括:設計遊-灣仔(2004)、藝術家駐場計劃-灣仔(2005)、活化廳(2008)。編劇作品則包括:《哈爾流動肥佬》(2013)、《松節油之味》(2014)、《香江模糊記》(2015)等。
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A Contemporary Art Exhibition - One belongs where one is content

Li Ka Shing, "One belongs where one is content."
Gui Min Hai, "One belongs where one is content."

Same wording, different contexts: leaving Hong Kongers perplexed in wildly contrasting ways. Li almost nonchalantly found a haven for his assets, thereby regaining his peace of mind. Gui, on the other hand, somehow achieved the improbable feat of secretly entering Mainland China via Thailand, adding fuel to the widely felt anxiety in Hong Kong regarding the intactness of ‘One Country, Two Systems’. While in China he recorded a video explaining that his covert trip was his way to find peace of mind, and urging the people of Hong Kong not to speculate and worsen the situation. Unfortunately, his effort was counterproductive and only presented yet another reason for Hong Kongers to feel even more alarmed.

‘To feel content’ and ‘to find a place where one belongs’: these have always been the ultimate concerns of ordinary citizens. The phrase ‘one belongs where one is content’ seems more and more clumsy and pathetic each time it reappears. It has become a copy of a copy, and in the process further distresses the audience.

One can’t help but notice the irony that whenever someone emphasises their contentment, it only creates more agitation and alarm. To disguise one’s unease with the facade of contentment: would this be the ordinary citizen’s ultimate compromise with fear? If the Hong Konger doesn’t belong to Hong Kong, where can they belong?

In this exhibition, artists Luke Ching and Ricky Yeung take the notions of contentment and belonging as the starting point of their explorations. Luke revisits and remakes his older works from his era of contentment, trying to demonstrate the possibility of attaining peace of mind at this time. Having been an impassioned teacher for decades, Ricky created a new work in which he denounces the school as an institution - one that has been half wrecked by National Education and its mutative forms and that is no longer a place of enlightenment where the young belongs.

/ Event Details /
Opening Reception: 11 Mar (Fri), 6-8pm
Exhibition period: 12 Mar - 29 Apr (Closed on Monday)
Artist Sharing: 10 Apr (Sun), 3-5pm
Venue: Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon
Enquiry: 2529-0087/ [email protected]
Website: www.oneaspace.org.hk

/ About the Artists /
Luke CHING
Before the age of 18 Ching was a known as a pro in colour pencil drawing and was among the best in his class. He was pretty good at seal carving too. Before the age of 26 he learned to work with mixed media under the tutelage of Chan. At the time mixed media was categorised as 'others' when one had to specify the medium of an artwork. Before the age of 30, he worked as a class teacher of grade 4 students, teaching art and general studies. After 30 he finally learned to swim and cycle, but before he managed to learn to type in Chinese he got married - which is his lifetime achievement. Before the age of 40, he took an interest in public space in our society and the development of gift economy, hoping to recycle lively art from a lively society and learn from that. After the age of 40, he started focusing on his personal professional development, hoping to become the boss's pet.

Ricky YEUNG
Graduated at HKU Art Faculty and Comparative Literature Faculty. I was once an active artist in the 80's and 90's. At the age of 37, I quit the post as an accountant, and wandered around in Europe for 13 months. No money left when returned back to HK, I decided to resume study at university, and sat by the sides of the teenagers. After graduation, I devoted myself in teaching art for another 18 years. I believe Art can change the world, and art education can empower young people. Until now, I still believe in this. In future, this belief will not be changed.

/ About the Curator /
LAW Man Lok (a.k.a. Lawman)
Lawman is an artist, curator, script-writer, art teacher and tv cultural programme anchor, the kind that full of curiosity to the world and would try anything he could do. Lawman's artworks has been published in Hong Kong Eye: Hong Kong Contemporary Art (Serenella Ciclitira and Chang Tsong-Zung, Thames and Hudson, 2012). He curated / co-organized pioneer projects like, "Detour - WanChai" (2004), "AiR - WanChai" (2005), "Wooferten" (2008). His ACG scripts include: "Howl the Mobile Fatty" (2013), "Saveur Térébenthine" (2014), "Blur the Magic Whip" (2015), etc.

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