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Realm of Illusion
by Hanart TZ Gallery
Location: Hanart TZ Gallery
Artist(s): WONG Chung Yu
Date: 9 Sep - 30 Sep 2011

This exhibition, “Realm of Illusion”, is focused on ink art.  In recent years, Wong Chung Yu has combined digital media with ink painting to create his art.  His theory is to utilize all available digital technologies to modernize traditional ink painting, and thereby revive ink art in our time.  Wong feels that since an artist absorbs the atmosphere of his era, it stands to reason that when he exhales, it will be in the voice of that same era.  Wong’s artwork is demonstrated through a real-time computer process, an approach which in itself is a breakthrough.  “Real-time” here means “using a computer during the exhibition to instantly calculate and show results, thereby directly involving the computer in artwork display.”  This technique has revolutionized two art terms: “random” and “interaction”.
Since Wong’s visual effect is randomly created, the imagery of his painting cannot be predicted.  In this exhibition, Wong’s Spiritual Water 2 is a work capable of producing unlimited waterfall types by means of a computer process which randomly determines the shade or width of the waterfall, as well as the flow of the water.  The shape of waterfalls varies in every scene, which is a way to pursue the goal of “enduring beauty” in the manner of ink art.  “Interaction” means that the artwork may change its appearance in response to movement from the audience.  Wong believes that generally speaking, art is a one-sided creation. “Interaction”, can therefore be regarded as a unique digital media idiom.  By means of “interaction”, the audience is able to create virtual images or sound, and combine them with a real ink painting.  In this manner, the audience is enabled to play a major role in the outcome of the ink painting.  In his work, When Time Flows Away, Wong relies on a computer program to calculate the effect of ink infiltration, which then interacts with water in real-time.  This work allows the audience to become involved in altering national history.  The concept of the work, The Holy Mountain 5, aims to pursue the “wandering” aspect of traditional landscape painting by means of a changeable 3-dimensional landscape.  The Prosperous World 1 is a combination of a painting and digital animation, which is an attempt to incorporate a metropolitan and fashionable characteristic into ink art.
Aside from the above mentioned digital works, Wong Chung Yu will also exhibit his paintings.  He is inspired by both traditional Chinese landscape painting as well as his metropolitan imagination, the combination of which results in unique scenery.  This is also Wong Chung Yu’s technique of inserting a sense of time into the medium of painting.

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