"Offhand-over": An Experiment by Tang Kwok Hin 「手勢」--鄧國騫的一個實驗

日期
24/11/2016 - 13:00 - 04/12/2016 - 20:00
地址
咩事藝術空間
香港九龍深水埗鴨寮街98號1樓

Exhibition period: 24 November - 4 December 2016
Opening hours: Thursday - Sunday, 1-8pm
Opening reception: Thursday, 24 November 2016, 7-11pm
Venue: 1/F, 98 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong

We are pleased to present an experiment by Tang Kwok Hin at Things that can happen from 24 November to 4 December.

In response to the political situation in Hong Kong and as a continuation of his exploration in the recent years, Tang Kwok Hin recounts found objects and fragments of everyday life, and in the process questions established symbols and gestures, and their often arbitrary meanings. Reflecting on the rapidly declining state of political affairs in our city, in a playful and offhanded gesture he collects and lays bare remains from both our material culture and the residue memories and emotions associated with them.

“To count every object of a journey; to count what remains of values and magnanimity during the decline of an era.

Here is a badge that belongs to the individual and this place. It hides chaotic meanings underneath a veneer of brilliant colours. In the end, perhaps what it symbolizes is the endless struggle between good and evil. Yet trees cannot bear fruit in concrete; street poles are covered with layers of consumerist totems; indifferently, vehicles speed across roads we have once lain on. Before all these I often feel tired, like being infected with an incurable disease.

Do we allow information excess to erase the sadness concealed by these objects? Offhandedly, I take some things from home, and some off the streets. By collecting I hope to remember all these unspeakable and untraceable gestures of tradition, civilization and rule.”

Tang Kwok Hin is an artist from Hong Kong. His work focuses on theories of occasion, space, time and hidden rules that prevail in daily life, through exploration of the relationships between art and society by means of collage.

We sincerely thank Yana and Stephen Peel for generously supporting this project at Things that can happen.

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今十一月末,咩事藝術空間將展出鄧國騫的實驗作品,回應我城急速變異的文化及政治環境。是次實驗為他近年的探索的延伸,透過拾遺日常生活中的細碎物件,詰問約定俗成的符號和手勢跟它們的意涵之間千絲萬縷的關係。面對眼前一切的迅速衰落,鄧國騫以隨意的手勢,拾落我們的物質文化裡的遺物,以及與之相連的剩餘記憶與情感。

「遠行的時候數算隨行俗物;此地衰敗的時候數算僅餘的價值與胸襟。

有顆襟章,屬於個體和此處,埋藏表象五光十色底下紛紛擾擾的意義,終究,也許象徵永不休止的善惡平衡。然而樹木在混凝土中結不出果實;街頭的柱杆貼滿消費的圖騰;車輛走在曾躺下的馬路絕情依樣。在此等前我時覺疲累,像染上不可根治的痛症。

資訊氾濫中變得善忘,是否已忘記眼下事物隱沒的某種傷感?在家隨意取來一些;在街隨意拿去一些。結集了並意欲記下,傳統、文明及法規中不知從何說起的手勢。」

鄧國騫來自香港,是一名藝術家。他的作品透過拼貼,發掘藝術和社會的關係,探討有關場景、空間、時間及日常生活裡的潛規則的理論。

我們感謝Stephen Peel 伉儷對鄧國騫的實驗的慷慨支持。

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