"Making Room for" Group Exhibition
City: Hong Kong
Duration: 2018-01-27 ~ 2018-02-25
Opening: 26th January 2018, 6:30 pm
Venue: 1a space
Address: Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road,To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Participating Artist(s): Benny Lam、Cornelia Erdmann、Jacky Y.F. Chan、Rina KoOn Tai

Opening Dialogue:26th January 2018, 7:30 pm

Discussants(in arbitrary order):Benny Lam、Cornelia Erdmann、Jacky Y.F. Chan、Rina KoOn Tai

Honorary Guest Discussants:Ms Corrin Chan(Chairlady of Hong Kong Architecture Centre)、Prof.Kurt Yu Keung CHAN(Adjunct Professor、Department of Fine Arts、The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

The idea of "room" is making room for E-pathy - Making Room for--you and me is nestling our souls in place. Making Room for the self-regulated emptiness is to create a small universe for ourselves. If architects and artists can make room for people of all kinds, it should be more than a physical containment. Rather, should Art have power, our lives within the Room of four walls and a ceiling should be owned and enjoyed by us. Nowadays, amidst the ever-condensing urban concrete jungle of Hong Kong, we are confined within our ‘luxurious’ 100-ft square footages, but our minds should step beyond these boundaries and reach out to where we are looking upon. The invited architects/ artists of this exhibition include young talents who concern our living/ dying environment.  

Making Room for_ includes works of four Hong Kong and German artists. By rethinking the concepts of room, artists and curator attempt to explore the pressing social housing issue in Hong Kong. With their personal interpretation of this ‘room’, the team means to understand what and how we live and situate ourselves among given constraints or yet liberate other dimensions for hopeful lives.

Benny Lam has been active in a range of creative media over the last ten years, but recently has devoted his time to show, through photography, the condition of Hong Kong’s fringe communities. From affluent to fringe areas, from business to public good, he walks around the streets and alleys of older districts, using lights and viewpoints to capture scenes not usually seen in the city to record the lives of hidden communities.

Cornelia Erdmann focuses on the light medium, which inspires her to rethink the question of “If the eye is the window to our soul, what is the spatial opening to architecture? ” If window is not just a void that separates the inside from the outside, it will be the interface between public and private mediating between the two realms. For her, making room for the viewing sight bears burdens of emptiness; for the windows are facing Darkness, we are looking towards where we end.

Jacky Y.F. Chan interprets the idea of “room” in a psychological sense, demonstrates his artwork in three ways, including light & colour, visual and psychology. For him, making room for emotion combine only few architectural elements that may have an impact on our psychological senses; one space may also be read through these qualities, they allow us to delaminate spaces into layers of visual perception, in another word the physical space transforms into a perception space. The Artwork represents a space / room, in its limited boundary. There are objects for our interpretation, whether one would focus on the brighter object or the dimmer object, it is up to you, and your emotions.

Rina Ko explores the idea of “room” with a grain of Salt. Since salt is part of our physical make up, present in our blood, sweat, and tears. Its natural properties meant it has been used for ritual cleansing, preserving and seasoning of food, as well as antiseptic qualities for treating wounds. It is also one of the fundamental constituents of nature, and contains within it a microcosm of how our planet works. As both a natural defense and supplement for the human mankind, it signifies ritual cleansing and spiritual authenticity. The work not only wishes to celebrate the value of what has already been existed “salt” for centuries, but also the value of what life is, as a natural process and a collateral beauty. When one would be totally engaged in the work, its pure existence worth more than a thousand words.

On Tai wishes to tell and share the stories of Hong Kong to others. Giving chance for people to look at the living problems in Hong Kong from different perspectives. Livelihood issues like housing, student’s stress and politics etc…. He especially likes to use his works to tell the stories of the old Hong Kong, hoping to keep the diminishing Hong Kong's culture for our next generation through the miniature arts. Telling the stories of the old Hong Kong to our younger generation and exchange their stories with our predecessors …….. and so on and on …….


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