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The Lonely Island (寂寞島嶼)
Part of the Containers as Evidence of Presence series
Every object cannot exist on its own in the state of flow and permanency. Books are stored on shelves; wine is poured into bottles; water need to rely on coast to create river; even though air such invisible element, we have the Earth as the storage. All these are things possessing ability like protection and providing room for the protected ones to exist. The room has to open for discovery, such as gift boxes and chests of treasure; it is concealed from our sight that we can recognize through our experiences, such as roots in vases of flower and furniture in houses.
They are all containers. Take a closer look. Containers can be divided into two categories. One is continuous, such as cars and purses. They have constant changes and keep being the witnesses to the documentary results. Another one is consumable. When things inside containers are consumed or used, the containers remain showing their original packaging methods or appearances and provide certain information to tell what features of things have disappeared, such as instructions on product boxes and labels on wine bottles. Tang was attracted by the interdependence between containers and the things loaded. Shapes, function, appearances, symbols, and so on are identified between them. They voicelessly make room for us to write stories when we deal with their combinations.
Transparent adhesive photo collage on glass
- Size: W 80.0 cm x H 80.0 cm
- Medium: Mixed Media
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Suspicion to daily life creates Kwok-Hin's fundamental curiosity in art, querying about norm and criticizing definition, especially what trends leading us to follow. Perhaps meanings are relatively generated. Nothing stands on its own.View Profile »
To trace the threads of origin for the deepest parts his mind, Kwok-Hin's creations always started from private experiences and gradually moved to social affairs. Living in a village close to nature may be essential for establishment of value about touch, primitivism, anti-capitalism, etc.
Appropriation of social symbols or ready-made things involves various kinds of themes or conflicts, like authority between individuals and the general; balance between nature and urban development; differences between reality and imagination; standpoints between introspective and harmony with nature. He names his practice "symbolic collage" which tackles intimate re-connection of things in altered and abstract perspectives.