works from the artist between 2005 to 2015
[solo exhibition at Gallery EXIT in 2015, curated by Ying KWOK]
[photo courtesy of Gallery EXIT and the artist]
 Present "Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital"
Wan Chai District: https://vimeo.com/148800834
 Duplicate Victoria:
teaser one: https://vimeo.com/151366876
teaser two: https://vimeo.com/148799602
Gallery EXIT is pleased to present Needs – solo exhibition by local mixed-media artist TANG Kwok Hin, curated by Ying KWOK. The exhibition continues Tang’s usual practice in reflecting the social values embedded in the daily commodity. Tang utilizes and puts various ready-made items and pictures together so as to create the collage artworks. By doing so, Tang provides new meanings to the seemingly meaningless, mundane and trivial commodities, and prompts visitors to re-interpret commodity from an alternative angle.
Consumerism thoroughly permeates in our daily life. Every single item is perceived as a commodity and incessantly dominated by its exchange value. As such, beginning from the most rudimentary point, artist explores the basic essence of life. From a selection of Tang’s previous artworks together with his new artworks in this exhibition, we can realize artist’s continual obsession in the ready-made. Through appropriating these rather insignificant prosaic fragments, Tang expresses his sensuous response and inspiration according to his personal encounters and daily vision. Not only evoke individual life experiences, Tang’s art pieces also aspire to trigger spectators’ curiosity and foster their imagination regardless of the overwhelming consumer culture.
Tang constantly employs collage as his artistic style. During the process, artist combines numerous distinctive pre-existing images and objects to create work, which gives the impression of déjà vu and draw visitors to contemplate. Besides retaining the original social contexts, the combination of diverse related and unrelated symbols can generate a new way of interpretation and understanding. Accordingly, the collage of the ready-made can reveal and re-present the originally hidden and neglected social messages, as well as establish the new narratives.
The English title is not a literal translation from the Chinese title, department store (百貨 ). The dissimilitude between ‘Needs’ and ‘Department Store’ questions human desire and encourage viewers to create their own perspectives so as to enrich the layers of the exhibition.