While one draws wood on wood; the other dives into a fictional world of reality and perception. At first glance, they may appear to be completely unrelated, but at a closer look, you may realize that the artists both share a similar take on ‘complexion’.
Yiyi Wang, a Beijing born artist, came to Hong Kong in 2009 and “graduated with a Scholastic Award achievement from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2017”. Her work juxtaposes a contemporary approach against a traditional figurative style, where she is able to reflect “personal memories and intimate experiences” and “recounts a tale of identity anxiety”. By painting on wooden boards with wood charcoal made ink, her subtle and drifting brush strokes creates a meditative projection between the object and the natural landscape.
As for Chuntao Lau, who is a Hong Kong local illustration artist, he contrasts bright colors with melancholic themes, where his “application of hyper-realistic and unusual patterns to the deformed shapes” emphasizes “the connection between human, common objects and urbanism.” The delicate texture and patterns which he creates using silk print act “as a witness of the ongoing changes in Hong Kong… revealing different facets of the city and its residents with imaginative illustrations.”
Both of them focuses on the relationship between texture and object, and they both use their artworks to explore the “complex connection between object and observer, human and nature, and most importantly, between individuals and ourselves.” Through this collaboration established by Accidental Art, “group of young, energetic friends with an ambition to humanize art”, their visualized narratives will be exhibited at Cochin Delicatessen, a part French delicatessen, part restaurant and part bar location in Soho, Hong Kong.
Occult Complexion Featuring works by Yiyi Wang and Chuntao Lau Exhibition
11/18/2017 – 01/07/2018
Mon. – Fri. 08:00 – 23:00; Sat. & Sun. 11:00 – 23:00
Cochin Delicatessen G/F 26 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong