Karin Weber Gallery is excited to announce a joint exhibition by David Boyce and Hiu Tung Lau, two artists in dialogue who between them cover a multitude of artistic expressions and mediums, yet, at first glance could be considered a 'cow's head with a horse's jaw' to cite an old Chinese proverb.
Both artists come from entirely different backgrounds and career trajectories but share Hong Kong as their chosen place to live and work. All works in the show are recent and were created during the disruptive period of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
New Zealand born David Boyce adopts a globally focused, conceptual approach. Perhaps best known for his photography practice, Boyce's works in this show provide a surprising departure from his preferred medium to explore alternative techniques and materials. His new pandemic – focused series Beauty in Danger fuses acrylic paint with velvet fabric and overlays these striking pieces with a sound accompaniment to create punchy multi-sensory works. In an alternative series, oil paintings this time, Boyce shines a humorous, yet perceptive light on the idiosyncrasies of the art world ecosystem with simple, text-based works such as Of Course I Should Talk With My Art Advisor First or I Can Make Multiples 1-4.
In contrast, Hiu Tung Lau's artistic focus remains solidly on the process of painting and mark-making. Her expressionistic, colour fields canvases, executed with a broad, almost childlike brush draw from a palette of muted, earthy colours with occasional accents of pink, red and yellow to capture a range of highly personal emotions and themes. If You Want To Be Happy, Be reminds us all to find peace and contentment in our everyday, whilst The Origin Of The World is a strong statement around femininity and gender.
Alongside these highly personal works, Lau also presents a range of observations of the Hong Kong cityscape, such as Tsing Ma Bridge and Happy Valley Recreation Ground.
Press release courtesy Karin Weber Gallery.