TANG Art Foundation is proud to announce the opening of Shining Moment, the group exhibition of Hong Kong artists, curated by renowned architect and art collector Mr. William Lim at our Wong Chuk Hang space. The exhibition consists of representational works by Ant Ngai Wing Lam, Kurt Chan, Chan Wai Lap, Cheng Hung, Szelit Cheung, Argus Fong, Stanley Shum Kwan Hon, Frank Tang, Wong Chun Hei, Wong Shun Yu, Wong Sze Wai, in order to explore the theme of light and space.
Light, as the origin of vision, brings along shadows and space. The various wavelengths of light constitute the spectrum and thus colour and reflection. If an artist can express light freely, there will be great sense of colour, light and shadow and spatial arrangement. In this exhibition, numerous Hong Kong artists apply their own twist on the theme 'shining moment'. Szelit Cheung is masterful in depicting the passage of light across spaces. Ant Ngai Wing Lam expresses either a sense of humour or solemnity with the illuminated characters; Frank Tang presents light realistically by creating movement through installation art; both Argus Fong and Cheng Hung manipulate the colours of shadow to create light; the exaggerated, intense contrast of light and darkness in Stanley's paintings gives a liveliness that reflects the hustle and bustle of the city.
As a city with scarce land, housing and private spaces are of utter importance to Hong Kong people. Nevertheless, we treasure open areas in the suburbs as much, especially during the epidemic and when we wish to escape from the hasty urban life. In response to this notion of space, Hong Kong artist show particular sensitivity to spatial arrangements in their works. For example, Kurt Chan is excellent at creating abstract space on his canvas, liberating from the constraints of physical space through lines, colours, light and shadow; Wong Shun Yu's floral paintings present a space with natural warmth; the far-reaching wilderness in Wong Sze Wai's works, the vast sky that Wong Chun Hei looks up at, and the various daily-documentational objects in Chan Wai Lap's installation, all refer to the passage of time in an intimate, memorable space.
As the curator mentioned, 'the works of Hong Kong artists have attracted the spotlight in recent years, and Hong Kong art is heading for a glorious era.' Through this exhibition, we hope to illuminate the development of TANG Art Foundation in the field of contemporary art and bring a broader stage for Hong Kong art.
In art, as in architecture, the most important elements to me are space and light. Since the Renaissance, artists has been studying the effect of light, God's creation, as if to proof the power of art.
To shine, is not just about the light source, but also where the light hits the subject. From Rembrandt to Rothko, the depiction of light on canvas to stir human emotions has been scrutinised for centuries. There is a resurgence of popularity for figurative works on canvas, gaining popularity as a medium among Hong Kong artists as well.
I select the title Shining Moment, and invited a group of Hong Kong artists, many of whom I discovered and collected within the last two years, to work on this exhibition with me.
Shining Moment can be taken literally as a moment in the past, present or an imaginary future. I also feel now can be a shining moment for Hong Kong's art development and I do see a bright future for artists and collectors.
12 April 2021
Press release courtesy Tang Contemporary Art.
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