Edge Gallery is pleased to announce the group exhibition <EMERGENTISM> of seven artist: (Hong Kong) Frank Vigneron, Au HoiLam, Li TinLun, Wai PongYu, (China) Yan LingXiao, Liu Deng, (Korea) Lee KangWook. Opening reception will take place on Saturday 4 October, 2008, 6pm-8pm at Edge Gallery, G/F 60C Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Media Friends are all welcome to meet the Hong Kong artists and have interviews with them during the opening. Please contact us for reservations.
EMERGENTISM, in philosophy, defined as a property that an object or a system express more properties or behavior than the sum of the properties of the individual parts. Such emergent properties can be found everywhere in nature. Each grain of sand is hard and crystallized, however, a pile of sand emergents a properties of softness and yellowish in colour. Each individual has his/her own characters but there have totally different characters in a society of individuals.
In this exhibition, EMERGENTISM, we found a group of artists who turned away from the trends of themes or composition on the canvas. They concentrated their mind on the smallest possible elements in their works. Through a meditation-like mind of execution with immense hardship and tedious work, their works emerge a new property of expression that beyond the sum of the properties of their individual elements. It is their exploration into such secret beauty of creation and the hardshipness that the artist experienced, gives us a breath-taking works that tickle the deep inner mind of our consciousness.
Artworks with superfine details that you should never miss
Frank Vigneron, (Details of) Le Songe Creuxnumero 235, Ink on Paper, 100 x 100cm, 2006
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Yian LingXiao, Poem from a friend – “One Day, If I Leave”, Woodcut Print, 85x85cm, 2008
Liu Deng, Burn (and detail), Mixed Media on Canvas, 150 x 200cm, 2007
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\Lee KangWook, Invisible Space 08-021, Mixed Media on Canvas, 162x80cm, 2008
Frank Vigneron has lived in Hong Kong since 1990. He teaches art history in the Fine Arts Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He teaches courses on the history of Western Art, contemporary Chinese art, Hong Kong art, and on Chinese and Western comparative aesthetics. Besides teaching and doing research, he is also a practicing artist; he has held several solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and has taken part in local and international exhibitions. His artworks are both technical and theoretical, and he keeps doing his “Le Songe Creux” project for a long time.
AU Hoi Lam AU Hoi Lam, born in Hong Kong. She graduated with the Master of Fine Arts from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2004. At the same year, she published her debut catalogue Au Hoi Lam Painting Journal and established her studio Tone Quarters in Fotan. Recent exhibitions included: “Reversing Horizon” (MoCA Shanghai),)”When Words are Sweet... Paintings by Au Hoi Lam” (Hong Kong Central Library, 2006), “Schema: a Traveler’s Approach” (Artist Commune, 2005), “Painting Journal” (CUHK, 2004), “Hong Kong Art Biennial 2003” (Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2003), etc. Her works are collected by Hong Kong Museum of Art and private collectors. She is currently studying a Mphil. program in Philosophy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In her artworks, it can be seen in her indirect and sensual narrative approach, the sweet and pastel colours, the fine texture and more, all of which show a close relationship between her creativity and a keen love of crafts. Furthermore, her works are often like indecipherable codes, and become a sort of pictorial journal that record her thoughts and personal life experiences.
Otto, LI Tin lun Graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Fine Arts in 2003, Li is an active member of Fotanian Art Village. His work mainly focuses on pop culture elements, like comics, soccer, animation, film and TV games, to reflect the everyday life, identity and value of himself and his generation. In the past, he participated in exhibitions, like “Hong Kong &Shenzhen Bi- City Biennale Festival of Urbanism Architecture” (Central Police Station, Central, Hong Kong), “Octomania (On Drawing The Number Eight)” (Para/Site Artspace, Hong Kong), “Playful Mind: An Exhibition of Artworks with Comic Elements” (Shanghai Street Visual Artspace, Hong Kong), 2003, 04, 06, 07 and 08 ‘Fotan Artists Open Studios Programme’ (Studio 615, Fotan, Hong Kong). As a concept artist of CG animation now, he is watching pixel rather than seeing the real world everyday. He is making a series of “pixel” artworks.
WAI Pong Yu
Wai Pong Yu was born in Hainan Island, China in 1982. He moved to Hong Kong with his family when he was 2 years old. After graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Department of Fine Arts in 2006, he continued his artist life with biro drawings focusing on lines and dots on paper. Pongyu believes lines will throb, and dots will flow. His drawings are meticulously and massively filled with delicate lines. They could be a poetic landscape, a rhythm, or a scenario in his heart. Most of his drawings are now collected by Grotto Fine Art Ltd.
YAN Ling Xiao
Yan Ling Xiao（aka Yan Lin Xiao）was born in Dazhou, Sichuan in 1979. He obtained the BFA from the Fine Arts Department of Yunnan Art Institute, China, major in Printmaking. After studied in Yunnan Art Institute, he worked in the team of User Interface in Jinfonet Software Ltd, mainly designing graphical user interface for softwares. Meanwhile he continually joined exhibitions. Later he quit his work and worked as a free-lance artist in MaYuan Artist Cooperative. Now living in Kunming, Yunnan. His printmaking is different from traditional pictorial printmaking, in which he would mix in conceptual element that encourages interaction from audience.
Liu Deng was born in Chongqing in 1979. He obtained the BFA from the Fine Arts Department of Yunnan Art Institute, China, major in Painting. After studied in Yunnan Art Institute, he worked as a full-time artist and actively joined exhibitions. His works have been shown in many places in China and also oversea. Now he lives in Kunming, Yunnan. He usually uses thick and thin lines to create contrast in his drawings and paintings. Inspired with trashes in daily life, he depicts the trashes one by one with each linking of the other. The picture shows a complex and entangling composition with dense lines.
LEE Kang Wook
Lee Kang Wook was born in Ulsan, Korea in 1976. After graduated from Painting Dept., College of Fine Arts, Hong-Ik Univ.(B.F.A), he continued his study and graduated from Graduate School of Painting Dept., Hong-Ik Univ.(M.F.A). He has been the 3rd Resident Artist in Changdong National Art Studio, which is run by National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. Also, he has held many solo and group exhibitions in Korea and oversea, including Japan, China and USA, and has been awarded in many competitions. His paintings are usually composed with sensuous lines and many thin layers of cell pattern, in which it depicts a microscopic scenery.