RECONSTRUCT is a new duo exhibition that showcases two artists who work with the reassembling of photographs, contrasting each other in how they ultimately manipulate them: one via analogue techniques and the other digital. Alexis Ip is known for his 3D 'Fotomo' collage, developed in his classroom where he has been a teacher for many of Hong Kong's children as well as inspiring local artists through his popular workshops. Stefan Irvine's now iconic and still expanding photo-series, 'The Last Tong Lau,' plays in the digital domain by re-stitching numerous images together, manifesting in a seamless creation that appears hyper-real and simultaneously surreal. Both artists tell stories of Hong Kong's rich heritage by responding to it's disappearing architecture and street culture due to the city's perpetual 'work-in-progress' nature. The medium in-which each artist creates effortlessly demonstrates their artistic inquiry, producing works of immense handicraft, discipline and perfected reconstruction. Art imitates life and RECONSTRUCT shows two artists who creatively re-organise reality in order for us to see it more clearly, and in effect better remember, cherish and learn from it.
The exhibition will feature about 20 works from both artists including Alexis Ip's 2019 collaboration '3D Neon Fantasies' with Keith Macgregor. There will also be an Artist Talk by Stefan Irvine and a 3D 'Fotomo' photo collage workshop with Alexis Ip during the exhibition.
Press release courtesy Blue Lotus Gallery.