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There Are Trees Above
by Gallery Exit
Location: Gallery Exit
Artist(s): YANG Xinguang, Chihoi, NG Ka Chun Hei, NG Ting Ho Roy, TANG Kai-yiu Frank
Date: 8 Jul - 6 Aug 2011

Gallery EXIT is pleased to present There Are Trees Above from July 9 to August 6, 2011. Four young Hong Kong artists, Chihoi, Hei NG Ka Chun, Roy NG Ting Ho, Frank TANG Kai-yiu will present responses to the works of Beijing-based artist YANG Xinguang. Just as Yang's There Are Stones Below negotiates the boundaries between rural and the urban, each artists' works are their unique approaches to their surroundings.
In Fall, Chihoi illustrates an intuitive world where one encounters a landscape of peace and worry, abundance and cravings, hopes for the future but also nostalgia. It is, in a sense, a recollection of a parallel world for which the audience can escape the regime of the city and be rendered in silence. Hei Ng's installation consists of hammers with houses sculpted out of their handles. With reference to the Nail House in Sichuan, the artist plays on the oxymoron between preservation and destruction, the antagonism between the power of the state and the integrity of a common person. Roy Ng's kinetic installation is inspired by Yang Xinguang's Leaf 2, where a pierced leaf on a sharpened branch blurs the threshold between deliberate and coincidental. Before leaf falls mimics a leaf surfing through the current. Frank Tang is a process-oriented artist. Through the medium of video, Tang captures himself replicating Chinese ink landscapes. By deconstructing the practice of painting and exporting it into the terrain of performance and video art, the artist investigates the changing meaning of such traditional practice in the contemporary setting.

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