Artists in ConversationVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Conversation between artists Margaret Chu, Yaman Chau, HO Yuen Leung, Danny Lee and Violet Shum, moderated by Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s Head of Gallery & Exhibitions, Joyce Ng.
Organized by Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Artists in Conversation brings together Hong Kong artists: Yaman Chau, Margaret Chu, Ho Yuen Leung, Danny Lee, and Violet Shum to share their 2-year sculptural exchange journey.
Fusion 2 showcases 30 sculptural works by 10 artists: five artists from Hong Kong and five artists, of different nationalities, who live and work in Italy. Emphasizing the concept of “fusion", specifically in integrating marble and wood, sculptors in Italy worked in marble while sculptors in Hong Kong worked in wood. Each artist was able to choose their preferred collaborative partner, working not only on their own sculptures but also on their partners’. The sculptural works are the result of an unprecedented collaboration between artists who, with humility and enthusiasm, have accepted to place their own creations in the hands of another artist they had never met.
The artists will not only share the stories of how the Fusion 2 exhibition came to life but also about their experiences of collaborating with artists on a different continent during the pandemic.
Margaret Chu was born in Hong Kong. She is a cross-disciplinary artist engaged in sculpture and painting, especially work on paper and wood sculpture. She felt interested in having the art exploration through material transformations, and she finds that inspiration comes from interaction between life and materials. She is particularly interested in themes such as “time”, “memories” and “space”, her works explore the relationship between human, nature and urban life. Her artworks combine fairy-tale imaginations and realistic social conditions, portraying human pursuits via metaphors. Her works has been exhibited in China, Korea, India and Finland.
Yaman Chau has been interested in handcrafting since little. In 2016, as a student in Hong Kong Art School, she has been introduced to the art of sculpture and she has been fascinated by it ever since. In 2020 she continues her sculpting journey at Hong Kong Visual Art Centre, where she became a sculpting enthusiast. By sculpting, she could express herself without words, she could put together her questions toward life, her respects toward the nature in her creations.
Yuen Leung Ho graduated from the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1995), followed by completion of Master of Fine Arts degree (major in sculptures) at the same university (2002). Ho likes to collect fallen trees and branches, mostly Taiwan Acacia, and use them to create sculptures. The wood is carved repeatedly, with a narrow, long, thin and small shape, to the extent that it hardly stands on its own. In recent years, his creation has expanded to other art forms and themes, such as site-specific installation and environmental art to express creative ideas more appropriately. Ho loves nature, enjoys outdoor work and art making.
Danny Lee Chin Fai’s sculpture is rooted in the spirit of artworks from Chinese ink. The vision in his artworks incapsulates the essence of ‘Mountains and Streams’, expressing the beauty of Eastern culture in the form of poetry. Deriving from traditional Chinese ink, he exhibits eastern philosophical ideas through modern adaptations which may include a degree of playfulness which is what gives Danny’s art a unique creative language. He has been invited to create artworks in some remarkable events and his works are collected by museums and institutions locally and internationally, as well as private collectors.
Violet Shum is a Hong Kong-based visual artist. She spent her early years studying painting from a portrait artist, Wong Kum. In 2003, she earned her Bachelor Degree of Arts in Fine Art from the RMIT University, in 2016 earned her Degree of Master of Arts in Philosophy from Hong Kong Chinese University and in 2017 she attended an Art Specialist Course of Sculpture at Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. Some of her works were collected by private collectors. Shum is interested in transforming industrial materials, such as stainless steel mesh and wire. Natural elements also play a part in her works, giving her a multi-faceted platform to show an intertwined world of digital tech and natural beauty.