The Muse, our dynamic community event space, is now hosting a group exhibition entitled “Haze” which features the work of three local artists, Kwong Manchun, Joyce Lung and Angela Yuen, who portray their memories of Hong Kong amid the perspectives they have gained of Beijing after a period of residency in the capital city.
Kwong Manchun’s two oils on canvas are inspired by memories of his childhood growing up in a partitioned cubicle in a tenement building in Sham Shui Po. There are amazing details in the work, from the opaque glass window with its lattice pattern to the mosaic tiled floor, the young artist combined images from Hong Kong of a bygone era in his search for identity.
Joyce Lung was only 13 when she went to Beijing to chase a dream: to become a professional dancer. But reality soon set in and she returned to Hong Kong to continue her regular studies and eventually a career path. The memories of that experience stayed with her for a long time, and she has now turned them into ceramics and porcelain figurines, depicting the harsh training she went through, all the twisting and bending she had to do with her body.
Angela Yuen, one of the three artists who was sponsored by Red Gate Gallery for an artist-in-residence programme in Beijing, is mostly interested in paying homage to the Hong Kong’s industrious spirit and can-do attitude. One of the multi-media installations in “Haze” features plastic toys, examples of Hong Kong as a centre of manufacture and industry in its heyday. Another of her works portrays the urban sprawl of China’s capital city, as the ring roads keep spreading and growing farther and farther out.
“Haze” is running now at The Muse until 23 April 2017 from 12 noon to midnight daily..