Prelude to Lingnan Arts Festival 2015
Opening of Art Exhibition cum Talk
One of the astounding achievements and outcome of the Umbrella Movement has been the robust creative artworks that have sprung in the occupied spaces of Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mongkok. Many of these artworks have been born out of the shear euphoria over the solidarity at the shared spaces. Some people have remarked that the artworks are a stark expression of a new found sense of belonging to HK. We are organizing this exhibition by way of asking ‘why has the UM nurtured such an amount of creativity? How does art play a role in social movement and how has it reacted with the occupied spaces?’ We have invited Artist Frank, a painter who has done ‘participatory painting’ at Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mongkok, by inviting by-passers to join in; Mr Him Lo (local artist), Ms Wen Yau & friends as well as Mr Walter Wang and Mr Edward Tse, students of Lingnan University, to share with us their work and their creative journeys during the movement.
Frank has been living in Hong Kong since 2006 and his love of this vibrant, eclectic city is immediately apparent in his works. Using striking colours the painter captures the essence of Hong Kong’s famous harbour skyline and makes it his own. His paintings hover between reality and fantasy: using strong blocks of colour to represent the buildings, Frank also uses smaller patches of colour, which dance across the cityscape, giving it that dream-like, ephemeral quality. Frank has also captured the colours and delights of other Asian destinations. The lush greens of Vietnam and Bali, the golden sunsets of Rajasthan, the deep blue seascapes of the Philippines; these are just some of the many places he has visited.
Frank was born in Lecco, on the southern shore of Lake Como in Italy. He studies architecture in Milan and further his studies in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, La Seine and also at the Clerkenwell College of Printing in London. His works are featured in private collections worldwide.
Him Lo is a multidisciplinary artist based in HK. He graduated from Middlesex University (BA in Illustration) in 2004, RMIT University (BA in Fine Arts) in 2008, and Lingnan University (Master in Cultural Studies) in 2014. His is work is mainly a quest of the form of existence in the city. He focuses in the relations between the ego and physical. Through violent and dark expression, he expresses time with a sense of emergency. He is now the director of Hong Kong House of Stories.
As a cross-media artist, researcher, curator and writer, wen yau has been concentrating on performance/ lice art and time-based media in the last few years. Her works often grapple with cultural difference and intimacy in public space. Her work has been shown in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China (Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an & Guangzhou), Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Burma, USA, Sweden, Finland, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Slovakia, New Zealand, Bolivia, etc. She is also actively engaged in various creative and arts educational project. Currently she is doing her PhD at the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University.
雨傘運動的「成就」之一是於佔領空間中衍生了不少藝術創作。創作動力及意念可能源自運動所激發的歸屬感，還有一同分享佔領空間的撞擊和互動。這次展覽的目的是希望可以幫助我們思考這場運動、創意與(公共)空間的關係，以及藝術在社會運動的功能及角色。展出作品包括曾活躍於佔領區的意大利畫家 Frank、魂游及友人，及本校同學 Walter Wang 及 Edward Tse 的作品，他們亦將分享其創作歷程，及對這課題的思考。研究藝術及空間的本地藝術工作者盧樂謙亦會到場分享。