Enoch Cheung, Retroactive Interference, 2017
Enoch Cheung is a conceptual artist who works with photography, video and mixed media installation to question our perception of daily life and social issues. Fascinated by the merging of heritage and contemporary architecture at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK), he had his opportunity in ASHK’s 2017 exhibition Breathing Space: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong. He used long exposure night-time photography to produce panoramic images that delineate all the seams, where old and material converge at the site. By punctuating the restored heritage with laser beams, the artist calls attention to the memories that still remain from colonial historic vestiges.
Gu Wenda, Mythos of Lost Dynasties, Series E-6, 1997
Gu Wenda is one of Mainland China’s most influential contemporary artists, known for his practice using traditional ink painting, poetry, calligraphy, and pseudo-characters as well as human body materials to reinterpret ancient Chinese traditions and reflect on globalization issues. As part of his ongoing Mythos of Lost Dynasties series that started in 1983, this painting features a pseudo-Chinese seal script character emerging from a splashed ink landscape. The artist employs pseudo-ideographs in his practice to create an ambiguous familiarity that questions the semantic boundaries and one’s relationship with cultural history.
Hao Liang, Day and Night I and II, 2017-2018
Hao Liang private collection of Pia Miller Getty
Hao Liang is a painter trained in traditional Chinese ink painting, and recognized for his contemporary landscape compositions that weave both Chinese and Western cultural symbolisms. Inspired by Qing dynasty literate Wang Ziruo’s inkstone tablets, these diptychs explore time and perspective,depicting the same fantastical landscape in two versions: one of a colorful day, and the other an intense dark of night. In both, the artist distorts spatial dimensionality and proportions, emphasizing the constant transformation of the sea, land, and sky.
Eddie Kang, Big City Life, 2017
Supported by Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong, Festive Korea 2017, Christina Hee-Kyung Kang, Paradigm Art Compnay, Jung-Yong Lee, Gaga Art Gallery
Eddie Kang is a South Korean artist known for his original, nostalgic characters influenced by the millennial generation’s television and cartoons. Inspired by his urban upbringing in Seoul, he created this sculpture with five of his original characters – Storyteller the Clown, Cabbit, Bubble Bearcup, Rag Doll and Goblin the Robot – to reflect a spectrum of emotions in city life that resonate with Hong Kong. The artist uses a cartoonish aesthetic to recall the joy and simplicity of childhood in the hopes of sharing optimism against the unrelenting change of a modern city.
Zeng Fanzhi, Night, 2005, 215 x 330cm
The Fanzhi Foundation for Art and Education
Zeng Fanzhi retains a sense of contingency in his paintings, creating visual imageries and opening up uncertainties of interpretations, which depict his unique expression towards the empirical world. This dynamic and sporadic spirituality is rooted in the artist's painting method and process. He boldly experiments with new forms of painting to continue his exploration of the relationship between colors and lines in expression. Night is a large-scale painting that embraces a form of kinetic force, corresponds to human experience, and patterns of nature.