Happenings in Fotan this coming Saturday 14/2

Happenings in Fotan this coming Saturday 14 Feb:
"Love Simply" at Hang Fat Studio will open again on 14/2 after Fotanian 2009! We are not alone on that day. Blue Lotus Gallery at 5/F of Wah Luen Block A will open their new exhibition "No Sex in the City" and Studiobibliotheque at 18/F of Wah Luen Block B will open their show "Drawing Out Conversations". Also G/43 Art Space (Block B, G/F, Unit 43) 'Complaint Choir of Hong Kong'.

Feel free to come to have a 4 studios-trip.

Search for love.

Review of Love simply | John Batten

Full version of the review on South China Morning Post

Love Simply
Fotan Artists’ Open Studios
Until 18 January 2009

Fo Tan’s current open studio weekends allow visitors to discover artist studios, small ad hoc shows, video installations and a few lightly curated exhibitions.

Love Simply is one of the better group exhibitions and organised by recent art graduate Tang Kwok Hin; an up-and-coming artist himself and a sensitive curator.

The exhibition has the feel of the similarly titled film, Love Actually – the movie is broken into separate scenes with each actor eventually playing out, almost, implausible encounters with each other. Likewise, the artists in this exhibition unconsciously overlap – as most studied together and know each other - around this most private, and often devastating, of emotions.

Gwen Chung Chin Man offers two paintings in the form of a wall diary of written words and random images that document the pain of her decision to break up with a much-loved long-term boyfriend, the regret associated with that decision and the failure to re-start the relationship due his ‘moving on’.

Lui Long Tin with ‘The Kiss of Metaphysics’ (pictured: detail of painting) uses a seemingly odd example: her own orthodontic treatment. By improving her own appearance, Lui argues that being attractive will allow mankind – with the help of love and its reproductive capacities - to continue.

Michael Lee Hong Hwee offers a cerebral exploration in his ‘Foundations: the Consolations of Museology’ book project, of which the short companion DVD ‘Hinterlands’ is shown in this exhibition. The viewer watches scenes and a dialogue of a couple, on the verge of breaking up, making a final trip together and visiting ten museums, “each of which”, as the artist explains, “consoles humans of their weaknesses: unpopularity…ugliness…messiness…cowardice… (etc).”

Lastly, Tang Kwok Hin exhibits a photograph of filial tradition: the re-painting of his grandmother’s gravestone in red and its yearly expression of love simply.

- John Batten.

Listing information:

Hang Fat Studio
Unit 21, 4/F, Block A, Wah Luen Industrial Centre15-21 Wong Chuk Yeung Street, Fo Tan, N.T.

Love Simply | press release

Love Simply - Fotanian Open Studio 2009

Studio: Hang Fat Studio
Venue: Unit 21, 4/F, Block A, Wah Luen Industrial Centre, 15-21 Wong Chuk Yeung Street, Fo Tan, NT, Hong Kong
Artists: Chung Ching Man, Lee Ho Wing, Lee Kit, Leung Yu Tung, Lui Long Ting, Michael Lee Hong Hwee, Ng Choi Hung, Tang Kwok Hin
Curator: Tang Kwok Hin

: Talk about contemporary love


It is easy to sell a piece of toast. It is difficult to gain a great deal of money. Like using heads of nails to pare iron, they can only produce little effect.
Seldom come along with dads but dads often come along with their children. Like drops from eaves of houses, do we see drops rising towards the sky?

This is a set of renowned couplet placed at the front door of “Da Tong” restaurant in Guangzhou talking about what the restaurant’s owner see in his work, especially expressing the sadness. People over the world own these sorts of sincere feelings. Someone loves to express. Someone loves to conceal. In the context of words and films, themes related emotions often exist. However, it is comparatively less in the contemporary art scene due to its privacy, as the privacy denote the difficulty to make dialogues between artists and spectators. For instance, if presenting “I love you”, it is basically not appropriate to speak it once as an artwork for avoiding superficial presentation in the content of art. When we transform this sincere feeling into context of art, the difficulty of transformation will show up. Like applying a painting to represent love is hard to gain the same level of power comparing to spoken words “ I love you”.

“Love Simply” is an exhibition presenting the ways and experiment that the artists transform sincere emotion into art by not changing the essential parts, including love to parents, couple, friends, strangers or objects.

簡單愛 - 伙炭工作室開放計劃2009


: 談「當代」「情」





Early work of the Artists in Fotanian 2009 - Love Simply

Gwen, CHUNG Ching-man
Happy Picnickers, 2007
Acrylic on wood

Joe, LUI Long-ting
Show Your Colour - You Are the Unique One, 2008
Mixed media

One day, I had a picnic with my mum at home on my hand-painted cloth, 2008
Acrylic on fabric, photo document and poster
Dimension variable

Michael, Lee Hong-hwee
Skive-A Worker's Guide, 2005-2008
Digital print on forex
Dimension variable

Michelle, LEE Ho-wing
Pick up Ten Years' Memories, 2007
Dimension variable

Rainbow, NG Choi-hung
Speechless, 2007
Mixed media on canvas

TANG Kwok-hin
Stubborn Stone, 2008

Love Simply

簡單愛 伙炭工作室開放計劃2009


: 談「當代」「情」





: 情感的私隱與公共性


Fotanian 2009