28–31 MARCH 2024
CENTRAL HARBOURFRONT
HONG KONG

Video Art

Glows in The Night by Yang Yongliang

Art Central 2023 prominently featured internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Yang Yongliang’s Glows in the Night, a video artwork presented on an impressively scaled LED installation of 18 metres, the largest-ever presentation of the artwork and largest presentation by the artist in Hong Kong.

Yang Yongliang grew up in the 1980s in Jiading, an old, water town south of the Yangtze River where stone bridges connect to canal-side streets. For more than a decade as a child, Yongliang studied traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy at the home studio of master artist Yang Yang. After Yongliang left home in the late 1990s, Jiading became a new district as part of the Shanghai development zone; the city administration decided to modernize Jiading. By the time he returned home after college, the old water town had been demolished.

Yongliang studied digital art at the Shanghai Institute of Design/China Academy of Art. He took countless pictures of Shanghai in the early 2000s while the city was rapidly changing. As much as he admired the new high-rise buildings, Yongliang also wanted to capture traces of the broken houses and construction sites before they disappeared like his hometown. On a small CRT monitor, he deconstructed the pictures using photo editing software, and rearranged them to compose his first digital Chinese landscape ‘painting’. When Yongliang saw a printed copy of the digital hand-scroll for the first time, in 2005, his childhood memories finally reappeared.

After more than a decade of practice, digital landscape has become Yongliang’s iconic language – his skill maturing as digital imaging techniques progress. The worlds he creates are contemporary yet timeless milestones, constantly responding to the surrealistic, natural scenery of Northern Song Chinese landscape paintings.

Glows in the Night is a colour video made in 2019, featuring alarming fireworks and skyglow in the splendor of the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macau. The year 2019 is one Chinese people will remember, for the good and the bad. When cities celebrate modern achievements, light pollution creates an auspicious delusion. Glows in the Night elevates ecological concerns caused by urbanisation, commercialisation and consumerism. It asks the audience to take a moment and rethink the past before moving on to the future.

About The Artist

Born in 1980 in Old Town Jiading, Shanghai, Yang Yongliang studied Chinese painting since childhood. In the early 2000s, he graduated from Shanghai Institute of Design of China Academy of Art and started his experiments in multidisciplinary art. Yang currently lives and works in New York and Shanghai.

Yang’s digital Chinese landscapes have redefined traditional landscape paintings, featuring a massive amount of urban images reconstructed and recomposed. Poetic and quaint as it appears to be when seen from a distance, it unfolds a fable of modern civilization if one takes a closer look. His works have been exhibited internationally and collected by public institutions worldwide, including Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the British Museum in London, Paris Museum of Modern Art and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Represented by Whitestone Gallery.

Citrus Worlds invites us to a refreshment of ten Hong Kong artists’ digital narrations. Encompassing interpretations of absurdity, odes, fairytales, and observations, the artists’ creative visions are emulated into forms of multimedia works. From the artists Herman Chan, Jeff Cheng, Choi Sai Ho, Colbie Fung, Lau Wai, Florence Lee, Masahiro Nakamura, So Siu, and Tsui Hou Lam and Winsome Wong. These selected works offer a tart reminder on revisiting memories and embracing fantasy, welcoming everyone to dive into the world of digital fun and immersion!

Citrus Worlds I

Winsome Wong
The Forest Where the Deer Sleeps, 2021, 20’02”

Winsome Wong
Vi de O, 2016–2017, 6’31”

Pictured: Winsome Wong, The Forest Where the Deer Sleeps, 2021, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Citrus Worlds II

Colbie Fung
Careless Sun, 2021, 3’53”

Florence Lee
Elephant in Castle, 2021, 4’50”

So Siu
The Leftover Pieces, 2022, 1’31”

Tsui Hou Lam
Crystal Foam, 2022, 2’22”

Tsui Hou Lam
our love is not destined, 2022, 3’21”

Masahiro Nakamura
Agnes Chan – Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1982 vs. 2020), 2022, 3’20”

Pictured: Tsui Hou Lam, our love is not destined, 2022, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Citrus Worlds III​

Lau Wai
T318k V399k, 2021, 1’00”

Choi Sai Ho
Critical Era, 2021, 2’00”

Choi Sai Ho
Rush, 2022, 2’44”

Pictured: Choi Sai Ho, Rush, 2022, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Citrus Worlds IV

Lau Wai
Feed 3.0, 2021, 4’45”

Lau Wai
I am invincible…on the screen / False, 2019–2020, 3’31”

Herman Chan
The Only Thing I Can Do Is Talking In My Sleep, 2022, 6’27”

Pictured: Lau Wai, I am invincible…on the screen / False, 2019–2020, video still. Courtesy of the artist.
28–31 MARCH 2024
CENTRAL HARBOURFRONT