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tong1 fong4

21 February - 12 March



Karin Weber Gallery is thrilled to announce ‘tong1 fong4’, a group exhibition by five emerging Hong Kong artists, several of whom are collaborating with our gallery for the first time.

‘Tong1 fong4,’ when pronounced in Cantonese, denotes a subdivided flat, a common living arrangement in Hong Kong where locals with limited budget share working or living spaces. It may be a constraint but also serves as catalysts for artists to develop innovative solutions.

Kate Ouyang realized that “home” is more than an apartment, but every item that accompanies our lives. When moving home, it is impossible to take everything with us, so we have to say goodbye to our “home” through decluttering. She fantasizes about turning her home into a stuffed toy, packing it up, and taking it with her. Yo Chow is faced with a considerable amount of disorganized electrical cables at home, prompting her to make creative decisions and resolving to transform these tangled cables into an art installation. Millison Wong has created a mirror that intentionally distorts one’s reflection, offering a unique and unconventional perspective on self-image.

Lee Suet Ying’s works explore the transformative power of found household objects when combined with PU expandable foam. The foam takes on the appearance of mould or even a parasite, growing onto the objects. This unique combination generates a paradoxical experience wherein the familiar becomes simultaneously unfamiliar and comforting, eliciting a range of conflicting emotions.

OrangeTerry’s Off Toilet (1) and (2) illustrate the comical cultural boundaries associated with everyday objects. By removing pipes and toilet paper holders from their natural habitat, his sculptures delve into the intricate relationship between form and function. This exploration challenges conventional notions and humorously highlights the often overlooked cultural significance attached to these objects.

The exhibition is going to be fresh and fun. The five young talents from Hong Kong truly deserve recognition for their remarkable ability to transform ordinary materials like bronze, cable, fabric, foam, and plastic into something extraordinary.

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