–讓作品為自己說話 – 冼紈、文晶瑩裝置作品展
一般防止性侵犯案件的宣傳，常針對受害人，叫她們不要啞忍，好像事件發生全是她們的責任。今次文晶瑩的剪紙裝置支持加害人更新，也希望受害人復元，兩者兼重。同時將增加更多觀眾參與的元素，重做 Suzanne Lacy 「Rape Is」作品，讓大家發表對「強姦是」甚麼的意見，深入討論議題。
Kuso Guide: Art is a Platform to play
– Let the Works Speak For Themselves: Installations by Sin Yuen and Phoebe Man
“Let the Works Speak For Themselves,” is an exhibition made by Sin Yuen and Phoebe Man, as part of the Fotanian Open Studio 2012. Their four new art works are differently in style but all of them consist of Kuso elements. They turn their works into a platform of playing, between actual and virtual; affairs and trends. Once you know it or understand it, you could come and join this immense platform, to create what you could think of.
Kuso Guide I: Bring a river into your house, is it real or not?
People always hope to bring natural elements, like Sky Garden or Rooftop vegetable field into our concrete construction; however, after seeing Sin Yuen’s work “Wave II”, you will think all these things are outdated! Sin Yuen will create a mini river in her studio, using the exchange of real and fake water as well as the interchange of light and shadow, making the mini river real. As we have an old Chinese idiom, “water of Huanghe River flow in the sky”, now we have “water of Sin Yuen River flow in her studio”, She uses four big acrylics as canvas, and to draw wave on it, leading to a combination of water, light and shadow. This is her version of a mini-river.
Kuso Guide II: Renovation of washroom, 3D becomes 2D.
In order to create a new visual feeling, Sin Yuen makes her washroom into a luminous one. Sin Yuen likes to explore different possibilities of “lines”. She identifies all the lines in her washroom and uses the luminous material to mark the outline, presenting a feel of negative and an interpretation of light and darkness. This is her new work, “Corner II”.
Kuso III: Transfiguration of News Photos.
Phoebe Man has transformed photos of sex offenders in the newspapers into silhouettes, turned them into paper cutouts. A number of these paper cutouts are stuck together to form a circle. Part of the work “Rewriting History 2” is a symbol of endless cycle. A research shows that sexual assault could be a form of sex addiction. A perpetrator reflected that it was not wise to have a few seconds excitement to assault others and ruin one’s future. Normally, offenders will be accepted by the society if they can stop committing crimes.
“Rewriting History 2” supports victims to recover and the wrongdoers’ rehabilitation. She added audience participation elements to the work, remake Suzanne Lacy’s work “Rape Is” and asked audience to write their comment. Wish there will be more discussion of this topic.
Kuso IV: Burst the illusion of Real Estate Ads.
Is the question of owning or not owning a flat in Hong Kong bothers you? You are not alone. Densely populated, properties in Hong Kong are valuable and the cost of owning a home keeps going up recently, making it difficult, if not impossible, for people to become home owners. To own a luxury apartment representing a good life is only an illusion. As long as a family can love each other and stay together, there is no place like home, regardless of its market price.
To study the housing problem of Hong Kong, Phoebe Man’s video installation “Home Sweet Home” mixed some real estate promotional videos and documentary photos about lower class living environment, as well as scintillating grid illusion together. The artist wants to show people’s desire of owning a living space. The work has created a multi-dimensional illusion, which symbolizes people’s state of mind, a mind of people chasing their far-reaching reality. Through ‘Home Sweet Home’, the artist questioned the purpose of living. Is it meaningful to spend all our time to work and pay for the mortgage? Do we still have any other choices?
Sin Yuen and Phoebe Man are active artists, both graduated from Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Sin Yuen is the Director of an art studio. Phoebe Man is the Assistant Professor of City University of Hong Kong. Their new exhibition ‘‘Let the Works Speak For Themselves” is playful and serious. It includes Kuso elements and intellectual discussions.
This exhibition is part of Fotanian Open Studio 2012 and funded by Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Media tours by appointment are welcome!
Art Works related photo could be found in the following website under Work Description.