Kwan Sheung Chi "Collected Works"

Yuka Tsuruno Gallery

poster for Kwan Sheung Chi "Collected Works"

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Kwan Sheung Chi (born in 1980) attracted attention for "Teapoy", the artwork made by Kwan according to his mother's memory and which visualizes family history and human relationships, included in the "Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition 2005" (Hong Kong Art Museum). The videos he has been working intensively on in recent years have brought him to international attention, and have been invited to many international exhibitions, such as "Videozone V" (Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2010), and "Homemade video from Hong Kong" (National Center for Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia, Arad Art Museum, Romania, 2011).

The common theme in his video works is an on-going wrestle with the duality of success and failure, and achievement and defeat. For example, "Drinking a glass of hot chocolate with a folk" is a record of Kwan drinking a full glass of hot chocolate using a fork. In "Left vs. Right", he counts a winning rate of "Rock, paper, scissors" using his left hand vs. right hand. Through his work that is seemingly not advancing, we are invited to be witnesses of a life and and to come up with exit strategies out of our dualistic mind-set. The "ONE MILLION (Japanese Yen)", a new video work made for this exhibition, counts a handful of bills until one million by repeating the video in the post-production process, expressing an ironic perspective on the principle of a monetary system and money game, the economic activity without reality.

The name of the show is "Collected Works", including different works in addition to video, like a book which contains different works of an author. The "Apple Core" is a pack of apple juice. In a supermarket it is a drink, a consumer product; putting it in a gallery, people might think about how do we consume, what we're actually consuming. "Lilies" is a seemingly a bunch of lilies in a vase, but actually a collection of artificial lilies if you take a close look. Each branch is different from each other. Each factory making artificial lilies has its own concept, an ideal form of what the lily is and how it should be. The lilly collections are looking towards a common objective but none of them are the same; they all look different, they are all fake.



From 2012-02-25 To 2012-03-31
Closed on Sundays & Tuesdays

Opening Reception on 2012-02-25 from 18:00 to 20:00


Kwan Sheung Chi



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