Containers as Evidence of Presence | 以容器作存在的證據

Opening: Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 6:00pm

Exhibition Period: April 30 - May 30, 2010

Venue: Amelia Johnson Contemporary, g/f 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong

Amelia Johnson Contemporary is extremely proud to present the first solo exhibition of young Hong Kong artist, Tang Kwok Hin.

Tang Kwok Hin is a rising star of the Hong Kong art scene. His work is attracting interest from collectors and curators alike and he is fast becoming one of the most talked about Hong Kong artists of his generation, with a reputation for creating thought provoking work heavily infused with a local flavor.

In 2009, he won First Prize at the Hong Kong Biennale. For his first solo exhibition, entitled Containers as Evidence of Presence, Tang explores the idea that nothing can exist independently of anything else, even something as intangible as the air is defined by its material container. Containers give protection to the things being contained, at the same time they offer conditions of existence: sometimes they need to be opened, for instance, a gift box or a treasure chest; sometimes they are hidden or out of sight. The works in the exhibition depict the artist's fascination with the interdependent relationship of containers and the contained.

This exhibition focuses primarily on Tang's recent collage works, the elements and materials of which are drawn from daily life and the Internet. He often uses photographs that are taken near his house, in a traditional walled village, in both daylight and nighttime. By googling the keyword of “Container” on the Internet, he obtained hundreds of images that relate and associate with the word container, like a bus, drug bottle, telephone etc. By reconstructing and rearranging the elements he creates an imagined virtual cityscape whose inhabitants are involved in a narrative that plays out across layers of glass and plexi. Interesting stories are being created under varied circumstances, unlimited possibilities are waiting to be discovered and transformed.

Tang Kwok Hin was born and raised in Hong Kong. He studied Fine Art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and received his Master of Fine Arts in 2008. Although a recent graduate Hin’s work is fast gaining recognition within the Hong Kong art scene. Hin’s work comprises photographs of intricate imaginary landscapes using ready-made elements appropriated from printed and electronic media and product labels. As well as working part-time as a visual arts teacher at the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Hong Kong, Hin is also forging a reputation in Hong Kong as an independent curator and writer.