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The Scarlet Bauhinia in Full Bloom

Amelia Johnson Contemporary
12 May - 31 May 2014
Opening Reception : 12 May 2014, 18:00 - 20:00
The Scarlet Bauhinia in Full Bloom

Annie Wan, Casper Chan, Tam Wai Ping, Trevor Yeung with audio works by Angel Wong, Chung Nga Yan, Law Yuk Moi

Curated by Tang Kwok Hin

AJC is proud to present a curated exhibition by Hong Kong artist and curator, Tang Kwok Hin featuring new works by two emerging and two established Hong Kong artists: Annie Wan, Lukas Tam, Trevor Yeung and Casper Chan. Tang has selected or commissioned works which are inspired by, or comment on, recent social and political issues in Hong Kong brought about by the delicate relationship between China and Hong Kong. All communication between the curator and the artists will be made in the form of hand written letters that will be exhibited with English, audio translations as part of the final presentation.

The letters represent ideas lost through the ages and offer visitors an unique insight into the, too often esoteric, curatorial process.

The fundamental Chinese writing lesson teaches how to fuse time, place and human/incident/object together. The total synthesis of these three elements creates pictures and forms characters. This exhibition uses this same practice to uncover an ideology that defines the social, political and cultural identities of a typical Hong Konger. Each artist has been asked to reinterpret, either abstractly or specifically, a time, place and human/incident/object and to compose scenarios, atmosphere, symbols etc., in order to illustrate their own scenarios and stories within the context of the ““scarlet bauhinia in full bloom”. This exhibition intends to capture the essence of the Hong Kong people’s complex, and too often concealed, identity.

Tang Kwok Hin was born in 1984 and raised in Kam Tin, one of the last remaining walled villages, in Hong Kong’s New Territories. It was during his undergraduate studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he received his BA and MFA in Fine Art, that he became fascinated by the relationship between nature and urban development in Hong Kong. He is an active curator and speaker and has participated in many cross-cultural exchanges throughout Asia. He continues to attract great interest from international collectors and curators alike and he is fast becoming one of the most talked about Hong Kong artists of his generation, with a reputation for creating thought provoking work heavily infused with a local flavour.

Tang was awarded first prize at the Hong Kong Biennale in 2009 and the “40 Under 40 Recognition of Young Creative Talent Award” in 2010. In addition, he was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Asian Sovereign Art Foundation Prize in 2010 and 2011 and for the international Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice in 2011. Most recently, Tang was the recipient of the 2010 Award for Young Artist (Visual Arts) awarded in 2011 by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Tam Wai Ping, obtained his B.A. (Hons.) in Fine Art from University of Reading, United Kingdom in 1991, and completed his postgraduate study with distinction from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London, United Kingdom in 1995. He is the chairman and one of the founders of ArtMap and serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts in Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Annie Wan completed a Diploma course in Design and Higher Certificate course in Studio Ceramics in the former Hong Kong Polytechnic. She then obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Fine Arts Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1997 and 1999 respectively. She has been the resident artist at different art institutions in the USA, Japan and Denmark from 2001 to 2004. Annie’s works are collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art as well as overseas art institutions.

Casper Chan was born in Hong Kong in 1984. She studied in England during her formative years and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006. Chan is currently a full-time artist based in Hong Kong. She uses charcoal, ink, watercolour, coffee and tea to create larger than life portraits on wood. Often portrayed in compromising or contorted positions, Chan’s figures are the manifestation of her inner feelings, reflecting tension, insecurity, irony and a sense of romanticism.

Trevor Yeung received his Bachelor’s degree from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong
Baptist University in 2010. He utilizes visual stimulation to stimulate non-visual imagination. The focus of his recent works is to explore the subtle relationships that exist- between people, particularly the dynamic of reciprocity within interpersonal scenarios.

Angel Wong is the founder and curator of the apartment project space for the arts Above the Picture Framing Shop in Bucktown-Wicker Park, Chicago, an active contributor at A.M. Post and a respected researcher and commentator on art in Hong Kong and performance art in East Asia with a special focus on the practice of how everyday life counters postcolonial narratives. She holds a BA Art History from the University of Hong Kong.

Law Yuk-mui is the editor of The Library by soundpocket. Law was recently awarded a grant from the ADC for an internship in curatorial department at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Law’s film and video works have been exhibited extensively throughout Asia.

Chung Nga Yan is the producer and project coordinator of 社區參與廣播服務試驗
計劃, a pilot project for community involvement Broadcasting service in collaboration with
RTHK. Her work has been exhibited throughout Hong Kong and China.

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