1a space proudly presents BY THE WINDOW, a painting exhibition showcases the artworks of 9 Hong Kong artists.
If you have ever flipped over a painting (those canvases on a wooden frame), you will find the structure of the frame is similar to a window. When you look at a painting, the first thing that you see would be the image itself. But in fact what takes place is a transposition where the viewer enters the artist's point of view and see what they see.
Yet where are the artists? They could be working in the studio, walking on the street or anywhere in the world. However, when a painting is exhibited for public viewing, the artist presence is removed and excluded from the boundaries of the painting.
Sigmund Freud once said that the artist takes pleasure in hiding and secretly observing the audience standing in front of their own painting. The eyes of the artist and the audience may never meet. They will watch the scenery alone. But at the same time they wait for the change of scenery by the window together.
In this painting exhibition, the curator and exhibiting artist Ivy Ma, cooperated with Tsang Chui Mei, Heung Kin Fung, Sim Chan, Chan Sin Hang, Lau Yin Yeung, Fong Tsz Leong, Kan Kiu Sin and Kong Chun Nga, along with their latest artworks.
Ivy also wrote a statement for the exhibition entitled "Nine clues before, during and after the curation", aiming to provide some supplementary information to the audience before their visit.
BY THE WINDOW – a painting exhibition
Opening Reception: 12 th January 2019, 6pm
Exhibition Period: 12 th January 2019 – 12 th February 2019
Time: Tuesday to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm (closed on Mondays and 5th – 7th February)
Venue: 1a space
Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road,
To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Enquiry: 25290087/ email@example.com
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Curator and Participating Artist:
Ivy Ma is a Hong Kong artist working in drawings, paintings, photography and mixed-media installation. Having studied in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, She has held six solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, and participated in group exhibitions in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Pakistan and Australia. She was an Asian Cultural Council grantee in 2007 and she received Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards, Young Artist Award in 2012.
Participating Artists ( in no particular order):
Tsang Chui Mei
Tsang Chui Mei obtained her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Fine Arts from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1996 and 2004 respectively. She had been selected to participate the artist-in-residence program at « Cite Internationale des Arts » in Paris, France in 2015. Her recent exhibitions include: “Some Landscapes” (Grotto Fine Art Ltd, Hong Kong), [Purple]: Women of Mankind (One East Asia, Singapore), etc. Art works are being collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Fringe Club, Philippe Charriol Foundation, Hotel ICON, Hotel Stage and private collectors.
Heung Kin Fung
Heung Kin Fung, Alex, received his BA (Fine Art) & MFA degrees from RMIT University (programme co-presented with Hong Kong Art School). He is a lecturer of the Hong Kong Art School. Alex has taken part in a number of local and oversea exhibitions. His painting is collected by the Museum of Art Hong Kong, MTR and private collectors.
Sim Chan, graduated from Hong Kong Art School, Major in Painting.
Sim set up his studio in Fotan since 2007; He also participated artist-in-residence program in Beijing in 2009. He was selected by “Art@GovernmentBuildings 2013-14” to create a public art installation and paintings at Queen Elizabeth Stadium. He participated at the 15th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition “Stratagems in Architecture” in 2016.
Chan’s work expresses his observation and tactile sense of his city. Base on the concept of painting, contemplate on self and the city’s context, document on his exploration between imagination and reality. Apart from this depiction, his work desires to reach beyond the usual format of painting as a medium; therefore experiments and studies on various painting materials have become his recent subject of interest.
Chan Sin Hang
Chan Sin Hang, was born in 1995, currently living and working in Hong Kong. She has a HD in Fine Art from the Hong Kong Art School. In 2018, she has involved in a group exhibition” Fresh Trend” in Hong Kong City Hall. She graduated from the RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts (major painting) with distinction.
Lau Yin Yeung
Born in Hong Kong.
Lau received his BAFA from RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School in 2017. He devotes himself in oil painting (and approaching the balance between the imbalance urban life and his mental consistence. His artworks are being well-known by combining natural elements and metropolitan city landscape with balanced composition.
Fong Tsz Leong
Fong Tsz Leong, Argus, received his BA (Fine Art) degrees from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in 2015, major in painting. Most of his works are oil paintings on wasted wood slabs, that are characterised by his expressive linear brushstrokes. His works reflects his insight from memories and his understanding on human nature.
Kan Kiu Sin
Born, live, study and work in Hong Kong.
Kan received her BAFA from RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School in 2017. She experiments with painting, drawing and installation. Kan has held her first solo exhibition in 2018.
Kong Chun Nga
Kong Chun Nga, Kitty, is born and based in Hong Kong. She is a recent graduate (2017) of the BAFA programme co-presented by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and Hong Kong Art School, majoring in painting. Themed around urban landscapes, her works engage with space, personal and collective memories within mundanity through drawings and paintings on paper in a surrealistic manner.