Frank Tang Kai Yiu creates innovative works that explore the performative elements of Chinese painting.
The Hong Kong-based artist’s work is on show at chi art space until 8 January 2017, in the fourth exhibition in the “As Far As Near” series presented by K11 Art Foundation and sponsored by Grosvenor.
“From 4am to 10 pm” is Hong Kong-based emerging artist Frank Tang Kai Yiu’s solo exhibition at chi art space, presented as the fourth in the “As Far As Near” series by K11 Art Foundation. The show is curated by local Hong Kong curator Ying Kwok, who will also be curating Samson Young‘s Hong Kong presentation at this year’s 57th Venice Biennale.
The exhibition includes 10 works created between 2014 and 2016, using ink, video, sound and mixed media installation. Tang’s artworks are situated within the context of modern life and attempt to uncover the hidden beauty in our daily lives, our city and nature.
Frank Tang Kai Yiu is an emerging artist who received his BA in Visual Arts from the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA), HKBU in 2010. In 2012, he won Louis Mak Chinese Painting Award and got a scholarship from Muses Foundation for Culture and Education Limited. While still a student, he won the Yau Sang Cheong Chinese Painting Award of AVA in 2009 and an AVA Award at SOLOS Graduation Show 2010. In 2014, he was chosen to be an artist-in-residency of Zurich University of the Arts. His artworks have been exhibited at art organisations and galleries in Germany, Taiwan, Zurich, Macau, Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Chinese ink painting is a pivotal element in Tang’s practice. The artist breaks the boundaries of the traditional medium by experimenting with innovative approaches to display and viewing. In works such as Wipkinger Park, Cheung Fat Estate, Chai Wan Park and Tai Ho Road, Tang integrates modern elements like fluorescent tubes and videos on his ink paintings of trees on silk. As K11 Art Foundation writes in the press release (docx download),
The video clips record his observation of his surroundings, capturing human activities and traces of city life. His works resonate every single individual’s lived experience. Traditional Chinese landscape paintings emphasize the interaction between nature and the artist, whose emotions are depicted in the scenery. Toying with mixed media and modern elements, Tang reinterprets the notion of life drawing in Chinese ink painting and engages us in a new experience of this traditional medium.
All the works in the exhibition are inspired by activities that take place from 4am to 10pm, in Hong Koong the most dynamic time of the day. The show is meant to create a “thinking space” for viewers to reflect on their own experiences of life. Aspects that are often overlooked are treated in some of Tang’s work, such as Small Lives, which records how plants grow.
The exhibition is the fourth and last in a series of four shows under the title of “As Far As Near” presented by K11 Art Foundation that aim to increase recognition of young, local artistic talent among the general public, thus also increasing everyone’s interest in art.
“From 4am to 10pm” by Frank Tang Kai Yiu runs from 9 December 2016 to 8 January 2017 at chi art space, Hong Kong.
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