22 – 26 MARCH 2022
HONG KONG

Yi Tai Sculpture & Installation Projects

Yi Tai, Art Central’s platform for ambitious, large-scale installations and spatial interventions, derives its name from an age-old term meaning “variations of expressing the same Chinese characters”, in reference to the adaptation of Chinese written language over many centuries. In modern usage, Yi Tai connotes something out of the ordinary, unusual or surprising. Yi Tai at Art Central presents an opportunity for galleries to present site-specific installations and sculpture in a prominent, curated space within the Fair.

Selection for Yi Tai Sculpture & Installation Projects is led by Art Central’s Curatorial Director in consultation with the participating artists and galleries.

2021 Yi Tai Sculpture & Installation Projects

Curatorial Director: Andre Chan

Immediate Aesthetics

Traditional Western aesthetics is a sort of reflective contemplation with a set of objective values attached; the idea of beauty is related to the ability to give pleasure to the viewer. Since the beginning of Modernism, artists have moved away from making works that cater to the idea of beauty for the public and have rejected conservative values. Contemporary artists go even further, abandoning the idea of objective beauty to concentrate on expressing their own views – with scepticism and critique of universal truths and objective reality. 

Immediate Aesthetics is an oxymoron that suggests we need to rethink the meaning of aesthetics in the 21st century, a time when artists use their own experiences as starting points to explore our collective understanding of the world as part of the human race. Chan Wai Lap turned his own personal habit into his artistic research and pursuit. Street art is the epitome of self-expression and Lousy has been tagging his signature ‘Lovefaces’ around the city for many years. Cindy Ng utilizes technology to reminisce about her hometown while Park Yoon Kyung presents contemporary painting from an Eastern perspective. Michael John Hunter shows us the way technology and the movie industry fool our eyes as a way to remind us to question what we see in the media. Michael Whittle exposes the hidden information in his own DNA as a way to explore the history of migration since the beginning of human history. 

Moving away from a singular and utopic vision of modernist thought, Immediate Aesthetics, a survey on contemporary art today, observes the world we are in as better with a diversity of voices.


Michael Whittle

Perpetual Motion, presented by Gallery LEE & BAE

Mitochondrial DNA is passed down from a mother to her offspring. Through the process of tracing the lineage of DNA by its subtle mutations, and comparing it to fossil records, scientists can determine the migration of our human ancestors in prehistoric times. Juxtaposing with the glass discs overhead, the installation’s carpet graphically shows how the brain works when a person navigates in space. Perpetual Motion reminds us that human migration is inherent in the development of humans as a species and is vital to the success of human survival, even in the present time.

Park Yoon-Kyung

Painting Tower, presented by Soluna Fine Art

Painting Tower is a collection of abstract paintings on stretched chiffon in which the see-through quality of the fabric offsets the weight of the towering installation. Park’s technique traces her Eastern cultural lineage, where painting has traditionally been made on lighter fabrics compared to western painting on canvas. Her images draw on grapheme from different languages and the resulting drips of the paint on a vertical surface provide a more fluid sensibility. Park’s recent works reference her interest in the environment, human relationships and her position as a female Asian artist.

Chan Wai Lap

The Lonesome Changing Room, presented by Contemporary by Angela Li

Chan Wai Lap frequently swims in swimming pools, even when he is travelling. His observation and research focus on these experiences and his relationship with the space itself. The Lonesome Changing Room recreates a swimming pool changing room within the fair to reveal a normally-deemed private space in an utmost public fashion. Dotting the installation are meticulous drawings of various swimming spaces the artist has visited, documenting his experiences with careful observation.

Michael John Hunter

Falling Army Man, presented by JPS Gallery

Michael John Hunter works in the film industry, giving him insight into the ways cameras and practical effects can manipulate the audience. His work often involves making hyperrealistic sculptures of toys, installing them in real-life locations, and photographing them as a way to explore the manipulation process. Falling Army Man Toy successfully creates the illusion of weightlessness and movement by simply tipping the sculpture upside down, supported only by its head.

Cindy Ng

Rhythm #2, presented by A Gallery

To create Rhythm #2, the artist converts live weather data of her hometown Hong Kong into an abstract moving image that is akin to her own works in ink. The transformation, using the various software programming, can be seen as a novel way to achieve the same result as traditional painting practice – where the environment is distilled into a graphic realm by the imagination of the artist.

Lousy

Come Together, presented by Gallery HZ

Inspired by the Lucerne cave paintings and Jean Cocteau’s line style, Hong Kong artist Lousy stripped down his visual language to simplified, wavy, rhythmic lines with a bright neon palette, forming the basis of his distinctive style. In two large-format panel works the artist reflects on personal experiences of the past year which have prioritised human connections and time in nature.

About the Curator, Andre Chan

André Chan is a Hong Kong-based independent curator and writer. Chan has worked with a number of international galleries and produced exhibitions around the world. He is the co-founder of Arts Collective in Hong Kong; his curatorial work currently focuses on artists’ practices and contemporary urban issues.

Chan, together with Chong Chin-yin of Arts Collective, curated Æthereal at the National Taiwan Museum of Arts, Taipei (17 April – 11 July 2021). He served as co-curator, with Erica Yu-Wen Huang, of Post-Anthropocene, a recent exhibition at the 2020 Taiwan Biennial (Zit-Dim Art Space, Tainan). Chan was selected for the Emerging Curator Program 2018 by Shanghai Powerstation of Art and Emerging Curator by Para Site. Other recent exhibitions and performance include Borrowed Scenery (Cattle Depot, Hong Kong, 2019), Flanêur (Tsim Sha Tsui,Hong Kong, 2019), Very Natural Actions (Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, 2019), A Tree Fell in the Forest, and No One’s There (Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2018), and Kotodama (Para Site, Hong Kong, 2018).

PROJECTS 2019

Curated by Ying Kwok, Projects 2019 provided Art Central with a platform to support the presentation of contemporary art with aspirations of scale and non-traditional approaches.

Seungean Cha​ (South Korea)


Triple Twill Triptych,
presented by Atelier Aki

Korean artist Seungean Cha creates paintings through a weaving method, in reference to Korean and Western modern abstract work. The newly commissioned work to be shown at Art Central is deeply entwined with the idea of time and progress – through the act of weaving, the theme of ‘arranging the time’ is realised by the artist, with the next step of the process not able to happen without observing the time needed to complete the previous one. With the features of her work being both textiles and paintings, these contrasting characteristics allow her to contemplate relationships between painting and weaving, visual representation and tactile existence, and ideas and substance. Cha sees her work as an opportunity to rearrange the tangled time and experiences of the past in conjunction with the present.

Lê Giang​​ (Vietnam)


Phản Niệm,
presented by Vin Gallery

A traditional building from ancient Vietnam, the đình is a public space for worshipping and communal gatherings. Using the same architectural methods as traditional craftsmen, emerging young artist Lê Giang has recreated four sculptural replications, each holding important values from the Lê dynasty. The corner object, decorated with typical đình motifs, evokes a sense of spatiality found particularly in this traditional architecture, while the altar placed in the center embodies the spiritual core of the structure.  The scroll ornament engraved with the words “Phản Niệm” proposes a variety of associations and underlying questions: Is this a reflection of a memory, or a statement against the idea of conceptualism?

Angela Yuen​ (Hong Kong)


City Rhapsody – Project Roseate
, presented by Contemporary by Angela Li

Hong Kong artist Angela Yuen’s art practise focuses on urban culture; a tangible expression of the disappearing city’s values and the local cityscape. Angela looks to explore the correlation between urban development and the city’s value via the mediums of installation and photography. City Rhapsody – Project Roseate is an imaginary skyline made from locally sourced manufacturing objects, each marking a significant era from Hong Kong’s manufacturing past in the 1950s and 60s. Using plastic toys, the artist has constructed a series of “dreamscapes” – a fantasy homeland that people from that time may have visualised. The spinning sculpture, meanwhile, resembles the once-endless sprawl, and the motion of spinning is a metaphor of the city’s dynamic movement. The closer people engage with the city, the more complex and dynamic it becomes.

Cheuk Wing Nam​ (Hong Kong)


AK7 shou3
, presented by Contemporary by Angela Li

Hong Kong interdisciplinary artist Cheuk Wing Nam incorporates new elements into a site-specific reworking of the audience participatory Ak7 shou3, an installation comprised of a violin, a cello, cassette players and speakers. With sensors attached to the edge of the installation, sound will be emitted as members of the audience approach the work. Each subtle interaction will influence the delicate balance between the string instruments and the tape, revealing the interrelationship between past, present and future. Cheuk Wing Nam is devoted to developing new concepts by mixing sound and other media with modern computer technology in her art, with an interest to demonstrate the relationships between light and shadow, and between sound and space.

PHUNK​ (Singapore)

HOPE, ROCK, KISS, LIVE, presented by Art Seasons

HOPE, ROCK, KISS, LIVE, presented by Singapore-based contemporary art and design collective PHUNK, aims to evoke positive emotions about the current state of the world, which is filled with uncertainties brought about by technological disruption, climate change, social inequality and political injustice. The artwork is formed by the changing appearance of street posters, where the peeled off layers reveal the impermanence of current events. The aftermath of the paper tears serves as a memorial to the past, and a reminder to embrace change as a renewal of the human spirit.

Heri Dono​ (Indonesia)


Smiling Angels from the Sky
,
presented by The Collumns Gallery

Smiling Angels from the Sky is an installation by renowned Indonesian artist Heri Dono. Known for his characteristic merging of contemporary influences with traditional and folkloric elements, Heri Dono represented Indonesia in the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 and his works have been acquired by major institutions such as the Deutsche Guggenheim, the Fukuoka Art Museum, the Singapore Art Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Tropenmuseum, among others. A recurring element of Heri Dono’s work, the angels are unrelated to any particular religion but are a symbol of the ethereal spirit. 

In this iconic configuration, Heri Dono’s smiling angels represent enthusiasm in facing the future. The angels who come from the sky are a symbol of the discourse of life, where imagination, fantasy, dreams inspire the building a noble life, culture and civilization for humans and the wider universe; bringing ‘Chakra’ energy from the gods, the fire of life.

About the Curator, Ying Kwok

Ying Kwok is an independent curator based in Hong Kong. She works independently with a diverse range of art and cultural institutions nationally and internationally, from artist’s initiatives, art festivals, to public museums and the commercial sector. Her research-based curating often synthesizes different art forms in contemporary visual art, from site specific commissions, performances, to film and video. Kwok has been the curator for Contagious Cities: Far Away, too Close for Tai Kwun Contemporary and Wellcome Trust, the lead curator of LOOK International Photography Festival 2017, and guest curator at M+ for Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief as Hong Kong presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale. Before embarking on her independent career, Kwok was the curator at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester UK, between 2006 and 2012.

Apart from curating, Kwok also founded Art Appraisal Club with a group of local art professionals in 2014, in order to encourage critical thinking and initiating effective art discussions in Hong Kong. The group provides regular exhibition reviews and their articles are published in magazines, various cultural networks and their own bilingual journal, Art Review Hong Kong.

PROJECTS 2018

In 2018, PROJECTS featured two important facets of contemporary art practice: progressive mediums such as technology, augmented reality and kinetic art, alongside insightful historical and cultural narratives. Curated by Ying Kwok.

Yang Jung Uk (South Korea)

Scenery of Dialogue, presented by Gallery Hyundai

Yang Jung Uk is primarily recognised for his kinetic sculptures, that seeks to formatively unravel the rhythms and sequences of daily life. Yang’s work consists of lyrical texts derived from his personal experiences, which are transformed into kinetic sculptures made of wood, thread and other materials. Repetitive kinetic elements — from motors and LED lights within the sculptures — realise and reflect the narrative texts that accompany each of his works.  Scenery of Dialogue – a special commission for Art Central – is the artist’s first ever mobile work, creating kinetic movement without the use of electrical power.

Wong Jun On (Malaysia)

Shanzhai Chandelier, presented by Richard Koh Fine Art

Wong Jun On is an architect and artist, his cross disciplinary practice explores the boundaries of light art. Straddling applied and fine art, he is known for producing large-scale structural light installations that explores the relationships between mass production and human interactions. In this work LED light components come together to echo the classical form of an European chandelier. Where precious stones were once used to reflect candle light, LED pixels now create artificial illumination, a metaphor of the blurring boundaries between luxury and the mass produced.

Andrea Wolf (Chilie) and Karolina Ziulkoski (Brazil)

Future Past News, presented by Isabel Croxatto Galerie

This work is a collaborative project by Andrea Wolf and Karolina Ziulkoski, employing augmented reality technology, the work seeks to expose the disturbing parallels between current global affairs and the pre-war turmoil of 1937. The installation situates the viewer in a 1937 living room, where the focal point is a television set playing archive news footage from the period. The newsreel ends with an ominous message of reading “in the hands of these five men rested the destiny of the world: Mikado, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.“ Viewers are invited to review the newsreel through an iPad, programmed with an augmented reality app. The news of 1937 is eerily layered and juxtaposed with present day news, striking a disconcerting parallel.

Zhang Xiaodong (China)

Dream of The Red Chamber, presented by Sin Sin Fine Art

Zhang Xiaodong is known for reviving the lost and ancient Chinese technique of Dragon-Scale binding. Zhang is the first individual to revive this intricate method, and will present an exemplary artwork in PROJECTS. Taking over four years to complete the process, Zhang employs his innovative accordion-dragon scale binding technique to present Dream of the Red Chamber, widely recognised as one of the four great novels of classical Chinese literature. Audiences of Art Central are invited to rediscover the cornerstone of Chinese culture, reinterpreted through the contemporary lens.

Penelope Davis (Australia)

Sea-Change, presented by MARS Gallery

Penelope Davis uses the detritus of contemporary technologies – including electrical cords, computer parts, packaging scraps, plastic bottles and other waste – combined with organic source materials such as leaves and seaweed to create hybrid forms that resemble plausible but mutant jellyfish. Davis directly entwines references to human consumption in an urban world to natural forms to envision a delicate balance. The work reflects on, and embodies, an intimate attempt to recuperate and draw appreciation for the natural world and our symbiotic relationship to its future. 

Entang Wiharso (Indonesia)

I want to Live 100 Hundred Years: After Agreement, presented by Marc Straus

I Want to Live 100 Hundred Years: After Agreement is the expressions of Entang Wiharso’s dream to create a better and more peaceful future for children. The artist’s project is an emotional, personal reflection on mass-shootings in schools, and is a memorial for those innocent children and for all people facing violence. The figures are bound together through an intersecting network, showing the essential but vulnerable connections that exist between parents and children. 

About the Curator, Ying Kwok

Ying Kwok is an independent curator based in Hong Kong. She works independently with a diverse range of art and cultural institutions nationally and internationally, from artist’s initiatives, art festivals, to public museums and the commercial sector. Her research-based curating often synthesizes different art forms in contemporary visual art, from site specific commissions, performances, to film and video. Kwok has been the curator for Contagious Cities: Far Away, too Close for Tai Kwun Contemporary and Wellcome Trust, the lead curator of LOOK International Photography Festival 2017, and guest curator at M+ for Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief as Hong Kong presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale. Before embarking on her independent career, Kwok was the curator at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester UK, between 2006 and 2012.

Apart from curating, Kwok also founded Art Appraisal Club with a group of local art professionals in 2014, in order to encourage critical thinking and initiating effective art discussions in Hong Kong. The group provides regular exhibition reviews and their articles are published in magazines, various cultural networks and their own bilingual journal, Art Review Hong Kong.

PROJECTS 2017

 

Curated by Jims Lam Chi Hang, former associate curator at Para Site, PROJECTS celebrates large-scale contemporary installations and interventions that showcase works made distinctive raw materials.

Glen Hayward (New Zealand)

Everyday People, presented by PAULNACHE

Everyday People is a large-scale, site specific installation by New Zealand-born sculptor Glen Hayward, of over 1000+ hand carved rusty nails (created from wood and paint) inserted directly into a feature wall at Art Central. Inspired by the dichotomy of Hong Kong’s national identity, the artist plays on the notion of the individual versus the collective. Over a thousand wooden nails scattered across a wall carry their individual marking but are also part of a larger collective. The choice of material contradicts the inherent qualities of the depicted object; questioning the values of one’s portrayed identity.

Simon Pericich (Australia)

!!!ALL TOGETHER NOW!!!, presented by MARS Gallery

!!!ALL TOGETHER NOW!!! is a site-specific installation made from melted plastic garbage bags, coated in glitter. Contrary to its inexpensive and hollow material existence, the installation asserts a grandiose and ominous presence. Simon Pericich’s practice explores dystopic visions of the future, apocalyptic ideas and what he has described as the “hilariously doomed nature of humanity”. Positioned right at the Fair entrance, the installation welcomes visitors with a critique of the commercial art landscape.

Tang Jie (China)

Stone Story, presented by Line Gallery

Having grown up in the countryside of Hunan Province, the artist yearns for the natural environment in the midst of a buzzing metropolis. He seeks to achieve this dynamic by incorporating natural and industrial elements in his works and the Fair provides a perfect setting. He believes that the object themselves are “story tellers”. In Stone Story, he integrates objects of opposing characters to explore the natural principles of life and the universe together with the viewer.

Hannah Quinlivan (Australia)

Estuary, presented by .M Contemporary

Inspired by Henri Lefebvre’s Rythmanalysis, Quinlivan will use ephemeral spatial drawing to apprehend and intervene in the rhythms of urban life and capture the dynamism of the Fair. The artist will develop the artwork in two stages where she will first install the mesh of wire and nylon component prior to the Fair opening. She will then spend the duration of the art fair to complete the salt component of the drawing in a manner that responds to the first phase of the installation and to the energy and flux of bodies in motion at Art Central. This dialectical performance approach constitutes a response to the Fair itself, its temporalities, its flows and its spaces.

Santi Wangchuan (Singapore)

Auba, presented by Yeo Workshop

Thai artist, Santi Wangchuan introduces elements of his hometown culture and lifestyle in a large-scale installation consisting of three intricately woven “Auba” garlands approximately 10 meters tall. These garlands are monumental structures made by different villages to honour the Buddha during special festivals in Thailand. The installation, using rope, thread and fiber, will reinterpret this unique culture of the E-sarn region.

Yu Youhan (China)

Mosaic, presented by Rén Space

For Art Central 2017, Rén Space will showcase a new masterpiece by Yu Youhan. The work is a culmination of his exploration with old materials and new techniques that presents his artistic expression in the largest scale to date. Yu Youhan is a revered and pioneering first generation contemporary Chinese artist who is widely considered as the father of abstract paintings and political pop in China.

About the Curator, Jims Lam Chi Hang

Jims Lam Chi Hang is an artist, curator, producer and former Head of Production and Associate Curator at Para Site, one of the leading independent art institutions in Asia. In 2015, Lam curated an exhibition Imagine there’s no country, Above us only our cities which attracted critical acclaim with its inquiry into the notion of individual identity, within the context of nationalism and geographical boundaries. Lam trained at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and won the prestigious Hong Kong Art Prize in 2013.

PROJECTS 2016

In 2016, PROJECTS introduced six large-scale installations and spatial interventions that challenged the confines of the traditional art fair booth.

Thomas Canto

Suspended Landscape, presented by Opera Gallery

Suspended Landscape is a site-specific installation that synthesizes Canto’s signature graffiti style with radical Constructivism and the kinetic effects of Op Art.

Peter Adsett

Wall Hang, presented by PAULNACHE

Wall hang is a site-specific installation by New Zealand-born artist Peter Adsett, which presents the viewer with a playful meditation on the complicity between abstract painting and architecture. Whilst decorative in its form, Wall hang aims to rejoin shapes and materials within the space in a way that is reminiscent of trompe l’oeil fresco painting. 

Henry Hussey

Locking Horns (Part of the series of works Reliquaries), presented by Coates and Scarry

This installation is the conclusion of a body of work which Hussey began in 2013,which draws inspiration from Brugel’s epic narrative based paintings and centers on taking control of circumstances that have shaped Hussey’s life.

Locust Jones

Back to the Dark Ages, presented by Dominik Mersch Gallery

An ambitious, large scale hanging scroll, the piece investigates issues of contemporary politics through large-scale panoramic sheets of paper with text-based imagery and expressive, scrawled drawings furthering his exploration of the themes in his solo show ‘Screenshots’ at Dominik Mersch Gallery (Sydney) in 2015.

Yoshitomo Nara

Puff Marshie (HIROSAKI VERSION), presented by Whitestone Gallery

Rendered in simple linearity that embodies the arresting sentiment of childhood, Nara’s Puff Marshie is a classic example of the artists’s three-dimensional works.
The work portrays the head of a girl with the form inspired by that of a cream puff. She is filled of marshmallow sweetness and softness. Her big eyes are wide open but not betraying any of her thoughts. Nara’s work challenges the world of grown-ups, and embraces the anxiety and intensity that define existence at any age. 

Lan Zhenghui

Ink Monument, presented by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts

Lan Zhenghui, one of China’s leading contemporary artists, is renowned for taking the freehand strokes of traditional Chinese painting to electrifying new levels by infusing them with the abstractions and expressiveness found in modern painting. In this monumental installation, Lan translates the challenge of dimension into the necessary sense of space, to then construct a dignified phenomenon of transcending tragedy, representing the mortality we all face. 

PROJECTS 2015

Our inaugural edition welcomed five ambitious, large-scale installations. 

Li Hui

The Bridge, presented by Parkview Art Hong Kong

Chinese art star Li Hui is represented in Art Central’s Projects sector with his monumental sculpture, The Bridge. The 13m long and 6.5m high stainless steel work is a commentary on war and peace.

Jeffrey Gibson

What we Want, What we need, presented by Marc Straus

American artist Jeffrey Gibson has created a new body of work for Art Central’s Projects sector, continuing the use of his signature intricate beaded work, inspired by his Native American ancestry.

Taylor Kuffner

Kebangkitan (The Red Birds), presented by Sundaram Tagore

American multimedia artist Taylor Kuffner presents a new work in his Gamelatron series entitled Kebangkitan (The Red Birds). The work is made of mechanized Indonesian gongs called gamelons, and shows Kuffner’s talent as a composer as well as visual artist. This work will be enjoyed by diners in Art Central’s pop-up restaurant and bar, The Continental.

Stella Zhang

0-Viewpoint-6, presented by Galerie Du Monde

Critically acclaimed for her multimedia art, Stella Zhang engages with concepts of femininity, sexuality and the status quo in her practice. Commissioned for the occasion, Zhang will create an allencompassing hand-sewn installation as a major public project at the first edition of Art Central. Zhang was born in China, but now lives and works in the US.

Lan Zhenghui

Re-think, presented by Ethan Cohen New York

Rising Chinese ink painter Lan Zhenghui will debut a new series of monumental ink paintings at Art Central in a sitespecific installation.

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