Six Degrees of Separation (Group Exhibition)

From 13 September, 2007 to
10 November, 2007


Six degrees of separation -- everyone is linked through a series of links to everyone else. This is an idea first mooted by Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in 1929, which states that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. A frightening or comforting theory depending on your view, but in a world of Friendster, MySpace and Facebook, not so very unfamiliar an idea. And in the small Hong Kong art scene, it may ring even more scarily true. Everyone knows everyone, or through a friend of a friend of a friend.

One might also consider separation in another form: six degrees off-kilter -- or more. The separation between the object viewed and the object portrayed, for instance, and what of the gap between art and meta-art? Above all, the difference between genders is evoked: female art is often seen as separation or deviation from the masculine. Most critics see the feminine in art as being 'separated' from the male canon, roped off in its own little corner. Often constructed along the lines of 'The Other', the female artist generally associated with domestic, tender qualities and quiet intimacy. In this way she springs, like  Eve from Adam's rib, from the same point of origin as the male artist, yet headed towards a different direction altogether. A mere centimeter’s tilt in the compass; how many degrees of separation is that?



Yvonne Lo 盧婉雯

Pauline Lam 林玉蓮

Au Hoi Lam 區凱琳

Ranee K 郭翠華

Joey Leung 梁嘉賢

Yolanda Yeung 楊宇靈