Hong Kong Exhibition: KO Sin Tung Undone HARD NECK Galleries
Hong Kong exhibitions 22 September – 20 October 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, 22 September 2012, 5 – 7 pm
11/F, Foo Tak Building, 365 Hennessey Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Hours: Thu – Sat, 1300 – 2000
HARDNECK.hk is pleased to present Undone, a solo exhibition by Hong Kong artist Ko Sin Tung, featuring her latest series of drawings and video installation works.
Taking inspiration from the ubiquitous construction sites seen across Hong Kong, the exhibition explores the ambivalent notions of construction and progress within the contemporary context. In specific, Ko attempts to question the correlation between the individual motion and the movement of the whole; whether the act of constructing necessarily leads to the ideal collective goal, or does the condition of imperfection (construction site/exhibition space) ultimately become a static image and a reality throughout time. Further highlighting the tension between development and destruction, lurking around the exhibition is the disruption of pre-existing signs and images, connoting the inevitable collapse of order and structure.
Neon signs from around the city are diluted and stripped off of their original contours In the video installation Planet series (2012), what remains is merely the presence of colour quietly submerging behind the artist’s faint brushstrokes. On the other hand, an awry hand-painted hazard stripe sign found from a construction site is captured, magnified, and rendered to a monochromatic palette under Wall series (2012). These two works at
once probe into the problematic relationship between formal abstraction and intrinsic functioning of signs. As an extension, striped tarps are stretched as canvases in Home Improvement (2012). On the surface the work is a simple illustration of the creation of an ideal private home upon an empty space. Underneath is a satirical depiction of the powerlessness of the modern inhabitants, whose only control extends to the decoration arrangement within their private space. The new works form part of Ko’s on-going exploration in relooking at the abstract elements found within images and objects of the everyday, and their role in influencing the function of the visuals, authority and the system.
Ko Sin Tung (b. 1987) graduated from the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2009 and has participated in group exhibitions such as New Trends (2009) at Artist Commune, Lui Chun Kwong. You Are Here, I Am Not (2010) at Osage Gallery, and Circuit (2012) at Gallery Exit, along with a solo exhibition Repairing Space (2010) at Blue Lotus Gallery.