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Axel Vervoordt Gallery
19 May - 11 Aug 2016
Opening Reception : 19 May 2016, 18:00 - 01 Jan 1970, 08:00

Bae Bien-U’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong 分合 - PART:MEET in which he will show new works from the Sonamu - Pine Tree series.The ritual of coming and going, of man’s short “encounter” with and in life and nature, is expressed in the exhibition’s Chinese title 分合 (fēnhé). This phrase refers to a paradoxical meeting. It contains the signs for both separation (分fēn) and incorporation (合hé). An encounter always implies a parting; a presence holds an absence and the visible, what is unseen. (Human) nature is never fixed but always unstable and transforming between counterparts. Beautifully opposing forces are its drive. For Bae the pine tree forest is a metaphor for human society in which different forces continuously interact.

Bae's ideas are enforced by the proportions of the photographs’ frame. For the first time since the 1980s, he decided to again use 6 by 6 negatives with a 1:1 ratio, instead of the panoramic 6 by 12 negatives. His choice for the 1:1 ratio is inspired by the deeper meaning it holds. 1:1 symbolizes a mystic experience, an opening in life to holiness. In many different cultures this ratio is symbol of (en)light(ment).

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Axel Vervoordt Gallery

15D Entertainment Building 30 Queen’s Road Central Hong Kong

Opening Hours:
Tue by appointment only, Wed-Sat: 11am-7pm