Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Fay Ku: Arcadia
Karin Weber Gallery
16 Mar - 23 Apr 2016
Opening Reception : 15 Mar 2016, 18:00 - 21:00
Fay Ku: Arcadia

Fay Ku, Spectacle, mix media on layered and cut sheets of Mylar, 76x107cm, 2015

Fay Ku: Arcadia

Fay Ku, Strut, mix media on layered and cut sheets of Mylar, 107x76cm, 2015

Fay Ku’s figurative artworks suggest the fluidity of identity and challenge the sexual, cultural, personal and political identifiers that have come to define and categorize individuals in greater society.

In early 20th century Europe, the notion of ‘Arcadia’ was inspired by a region of ancient Greece, whose relatively isolated inhabitants lived a simple and pastoral life. In the modern era, this ideal was celebrated in art, music and literature as a countermeasure to the stresses associated with the rapid industrialization and urbanization.

Ku’s Arcadia is a contemporary interpretation and offers a fresh utopian vision in which individuals are free to inhabit a multitude of identities and imaginative environments.

“These works are psychological studies in the ambiguous. The narrative is in flux and the figures are untethered from reality. This allows for multiple readings by the viewer, especially for those who have an appreciation for nuance,” says Ku.

Recognized for her fantastical artworks in graphite, acrylic, oil and gouache on layered drafting film, Ku works quickly, channeling a menagerie of influences inspired by travel, radio, film, literature and casual observation.

Suggests Ku: “The women in my works are otherworldly and the space they inhabit is equally mysterious. I want to challenge the notion of a singular identity, so these are exercises in letting go of our preconceptions. They are meant to challenge what society views as concrete.”

For Ku, the space her figures occupy is a supporting element that encourages exploration. Stepping into her world is an invitation to inhabit a persona and environment that carries the viewer beyond the certainty of prescribed reality.

Karin Weber Gallery

G/F, 20 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong

Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday : 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday : by appointment only


Other Exhibitions
Abstract Expansion by Alberto Reguera
12 Sep-06 Oct 2013
From Coast To Coast
15 Nov-07 Dec 2013
Myanmar Art In Transition
26 Nov-26 Nov 2013
Embracing Mutations: Fashionable Wearable Haptic Interfaces
27 Nov-27 Nov 2013
Alice and friends
11 Dec-11 Jan 2014
Brief Encounters
08 Apr-30 Apr 2014
The Invisible Visible
13 May-27 Jun 2014
07 Aug-07 Sep 2014
Le Bon Temps
Wang Gang
11 Sep-05 Oct 2014
Lodge of Tranquility
Zhu Jingyi, Annie Wan Lai-kue, Yang Fei
31 Oct-12 Dec 2014
A Trove of Small Treasures
Brainrental, Tina Buchholtz, Vincent Ip, Fay Ku, Carmen Ng, Willi Siber, Wang Xiaoluo & Xue Mo
17 Dec-17 Jan 2015
‘A Touch of Glass’
Angela Glajcar, Michal Macků
10 Apr-09 May 2015
The Substance of Shadows
Jonathan Thomson
03 Jun-04 Jul 2015
Masters of Myanmar: New Works by Aung Myint and Min Wae Aung
07 Jul-15 Aug 2015
The Road: Photography Exhibition by Tse Ming Chong
Tse Ming Chong
29 Sep-10 Oct 2015
Black + White
19 Aug-22 Sep 2015
Soundscapes: New Works by Karina Wisniewska
16 Oct-13 Nov 2015
Concealed Spaces: New Works by Tina Buchholtz
01 Dec-16 Jan 2016
Shifting Surfaces: Group Show by German Artists
Willi Siber, Angela Glajcar, Udo Nöger and Tina Buchholtz
06 May-11 Jun 2016
A Hong Kong Everyday
Brainrental, Elvis Yip Kin Bon and Joyce Lung Yuet Ching
08 Jul-20 Aug 2016
Paperscapes: New Works by Wong Chun Hei Stephen and Eric Fok
Stephen Wong Chun Hei, Eric Fok
12 Oct-31 Oct 2016
INK ASIA HK 2016: ‘Illustrious Ink’ Curated by Peng Jie
Qian Zhong Ping, Zhu Ya Mei, Wang Yi Chu, Li Ji Kai, Yang Fang Tao
15 Dec-18 Dec 2016
'Stalker' Liu Feng Solo Exhibition
Liu Feng
07 Jun-16 Jun 2017