Through a virtual exhibition and an online interactive portal, 9 emerging artists expand their practice with Augmented Reality (AR) technology and invite the audience to touch on adversities, acceptance and resolution in a virtual space of shared experience - anytime, anywhere with their personal digital devices.
The city seems to have paused in the pandemic. Disease prevention, isolation and social distancing confine life to boxes. We have more time, but less space. The extra time offers a good moment to reflect on ourselves. Originated from Japan, "danshari" means "decluttering": to let go of excessive objects is to free oneself from material obsession. Spiritually, danshari gives us a space of mental comfort to confront our lives ahead. If all we come across in life accumulates, our “box” will be overloaded. In limited space, what will you let go and what will you keep?
CHAN Kan-Shan, Alice graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University with a BA (Hons) in Visual Arts in 2015.
Her main artistic medium is ceramics often featuring tiny and delicate thorn-like spikes. She received the Giant Year Gallery Award in 2015 for her outstanding performance in ceramics and has been taking part in different exhibitions in collaboration with numerous organizations and commercial galleries since then. Her works are in the collection of Hong Kong Heritage Museum and also well regarded by private collectors.
LEUNG Lai-Man, Jess is a Chinese fine-brush painter based in Hong Kong. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Visual Arts from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, where she obtained the Scholastic Award and AVA Keeper of Studies Collection Award in 2015. Her work mostly focuses on the denseness/crowdedness of specific situations hinting a touch of hidden anxiety and oppression.
She has actively participated in art exhibitions such as Ink Global 2017 and Ink Asia 2015, Hi House! Art Project at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Museum, Senses offered by the University of Hong Kong Museum Society, the Cliftons Art Prize exhibition and Asia World-Expo. Her works are collected by CNCBI and private collectors.
My father used to tell me that the Wong Shek Pier behind our house is a popular spot for smugglers. I collected from the pier twelve stones, twelve indomitable. Reality may be heavy, but with an immovable spirit, we may let go of our heaviness.
Flowers blossom and wither.
A full bloom brings joy.
Fallen flowers do not call for sadness.
Let them scatter in the wind.
Perhaps this is the way.
MAK Wing-Yan explores a variety of media and forms in her practice, spanning ink painting, seal engraving, ceramic, graphic design, and illustration. With a special interest in traditional Chinese art, her works often seek different ways of inheriting and reforming ink painting tradition.
In traditional art forms she discovers ways people cherish their culture through preserving the memories in objects. By studying the mundane and humble objects around herself, she seeks to recall and rediscover her own past. Often inspired by the magic of everyday objects, her practice seeks to connect with the stories behind and to bring them back to life.
We are always hiding ourselves, mentally and physically.
A tree hollow can be natural or artificial.
At a deep level, silently,
it takes in what you have to say.
FONG Chi-Yung, Kelvin was born and raised in Hong Kong. After completed his BSc in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology, he further pursued MVA in Studio Arts and Extended Media in Hong Kong Baptist University.
His creations specialize in moving image, animation and graphic. His works concern contemporary issues, from among he himself and people around him, to the community, by using multi-media installation.
The constant flood of information hitting us across social and mass media is hardly as objective as it seems. In the midst of the echo chambers that typically reinforce the same opinions, how do we navigate through noise, and search for signals beyond what we are usually attuned to?
TANG Pak-Hin, Shawn (BA from Academy of Visual Arts Hong Kong Baptist University) is a Hong Kong based artist whose practice encompasses diverse forms and media, including installation, video, sound, and sculpture. Inspired by anecdotes of daily life and personal experiences, his works often integrate topics of time, place, collective memory and cultural boundaries. His site-specific installations are charged with a particular worldview extracted from reality, presenting narratives with ambiguity and subtleness.
They come and go unnoticed.
They get run over by cars.
They get stepped on and mowed down.
They get scorched by the summer sun and frozen by the winter frost.
Yet they always survive – they are what we call roadside weeds.
Oftentimes, “letting go” suggests that we should just accept our fate and move on, but the roadside weeds teach us: letting go can be the attitude of a true survivor. No matter what life throws at us, we are capable of getting through.
Terence LEUNG was born in 1982 in Toronto but grew up in Hong Kong. He obtained his BA in Industrial Design from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in 2005, completed the printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture art specialist course by the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, and obtained an MA in Visual Arts from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2017. His printmaking and ceramics works have won the creative awards in the Art Specialist Courses by the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. Apart from traditional media, he also recently works in community and participatory art projects.
In the descent of a dusky sun, light passes away.
What one misses is not the sinking sun, but lingering memories.
Has any sunset persisted on your mind?
Does twilight bring up what is hazily unforgotten?
MA Wing-Man (b. 1996) lives and works in Hong Kong. She received her BA from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2019 after returning from an exchange programme at Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland in 2018.
MA is eager to construct spaces and create experiences through her works by awakening her audience’s senses, memories and emotions. She is also accentuating the delicate minutiae of everyday life in her work. The inspiration of some of her works came from her body perception and the deepest feeling towards the surroundings, her frustration and eagerness.
Recently, she focuses on the exploration of performance art. She begins her immediate exchanges through the conversation between body experience and material, as well as expressing her own spirit in the moment.
Her works were exhibited in selected group exhibitions including Hong Kong, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Berlin, and Zurich.
The body becomes light as dust.
May it be day or night,
willingly or unprepared,
when the time has come,
we end up going to the place high above.
The skies in this work:
14/2 A young basketball lover
22/2 A mother of two
21/3 A mother with strong faith
More stories of skies: #when_they_left
Photograph the sky when they left,
at that time, or on that day.
Commemorate their departure
and the time they had here.
TSANG Ming-Fai, Kazaf, (graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2017) makes forms reminiscent of found objects, exploring their physical and conceptual perspectives in sculptures or installation.
Concurrently working in exhibition production and curation, he simultaneously tries to move on from the loss of his mother, who passed during a severe Covid outbreak period in March 2020 from cancer. Human existence and relationships are the core subject of his works. Lonely yet healing, reluctantly moving on from the last place with someone else, yesterday slips away little by little.
“Letting Go” is co-presented by the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and the non-profit gallery 1a space.