Opening Reception and Exhibition day!
Abigail Clemens – San Francisco, US – Abigail is an interdisciplinary artist, Influenced by the fleetingness of everyday life, as well as her interracial upbringing, her work is a meditation on the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, and nationality. Hong Kong is a vast place with people constantly coming and going, evolving and remembering, and eating and drinking. As such, the culinary landscape of Hong Kong is migrant and resilient. The multicultural creation and consumption of food reflects her own family’s history of immigrating to the United States, and her painting installation with the TongLau Space encapsulates cultural preservation and family.
Howard C Willis JR. – Columbus Ga. US – Howard is an art educator who is finishing his masters of art education at Columbus State University. Howard’s work in Hong Kong is a response to his own perspective of how he views the city. To him, Hong Kong is a city that has blended western aesthetics with Chinese sensibilities and the result is a diverse, multicultural environment brimming with activity. The rice paper and Chinese ink that he uses reflects the Chinese sensibilities often seen in traditional Chinese artwork, but he uses the visual aesthetics of western-born civilizations: cars, cellphones, skyscrapers, and suits. By blending two very different mediums and combining them together, his goal is to create a fresh perspective that is found in Hong Kong.
Frida Ge – Chinese, Melbourne-based – Frida is an emerging contemporary painter. After Ge received her bachelor degree in Architecture, she recently completed MFA at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. By observing in everyday social situations, Ge tries to capture the fleeting and ambiguous nature of the interactions within her unique expressive visual style. Rather than representing the reality, her work emphasizes emotions and highly subjective perceptions by painterly abstraction and expressive brush marks.