Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong is pleased to present Kitty Chou: Countervision, an exhibition of new photographs by Hong Kong-based artist Kitty Chou. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with Ben Brown Fine Arts, and the second solo exhibition at the Hong Kong gallery, following her 2015 exhibition at the London gallery. The exhibition is comprised of two engaging bodies of work: Reflections and Colour & Space.
Chou’s abstract compositions are remarkable not only for their ethereal aesthetic quality but also for the way in which they are created. Chou is steadfastly committed to shooting with a simple digital camera and abstains from any cropping, colour enhancing or digital manipulation in her artistic process. In an age when we are accustomed to air-brushed, high resolution, hyperreal colour photographic imagery, it is refreshing and slightly nostalgic to see the grainy pixilation, subtle effects of light and shadow, and chance encounters captured in Chou’s photographs.
Equally notable is Chou’s unique way of seeing the world around her, finding photographic opportunities in the commonplace and overlooked—the interplays of light, shadows, and reflections with water, sidewalks, street signs, interiors and architectural elements suddenly become strikingly profound compositions entirely removed from their original context.
Reflections is an ongoing body of work, first shown at the gallery in 2013 in an exhibition entitled It’s Just Water…, in which the artist captures the spontaneous interaction of varying objects with elements such as water and metal, these reflections resulting in wildly abstract, vibrant, seemingly kaleidoscopic imagery.
The counterpart to the Reflections series is Colour & Space, a new series of decidedly more austere, geometric and subtly coloured photographs in which the artist has captured the interaction of light and shadow on benign interior architectural elements such as the meeting of ceiling and wall, the edge of a doorframe or a slice of stairwell. In Chou’s photographs, these three-dimensional structures are completely dissolved and flattened into abstract geometric forms, their subtle gradations of colour entirely derived from the play of light and shadow on white.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kitty Chou earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, followed by a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design in 2009. Her photographs have been exhibited in Hong Kong, London, New York and Paris and in 2013 she was nominated for the Prix Pictet prize.
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