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Diorama: Painting and Mixed-media
by Hanart TZ Gallery
Location: Hanart TZ Gallery
Artist(s): LAM Tung Pang
Date: 25 Feb - 23 Mar 2010

Lam Tung-pang’s new work, “Diorama”, is a combination of model-making and painting. Model-making is generally understood as a hobby which involves the creation of models either from model kits or from material and components acquired by the builder. Although reduced in scale, the model should always reports accurately the original shape, proportion, texture and colour of the real object. Hence, the possession of a model satisfies the hobbyist’s desire of owning a particular item in real world, such as military vehicle modeling, miniature figure modeling or aircraft modeling. The popular understanding of the term “diorama” denotes a partially three-dimensional, full-size replica or scale model of a landscape typically showing historical events, nature scenes or cityscapes, for purposes of education or entertainment. The fascination of model-making and diorama by hobbyists can be compared to the collection of scholar rocks in study room or garden by Chinese literati. Both actions satisfy one’s imagination of being inside a particular outer environment. Ancient poets and painters loved to express their personal feeling through words or paintings after observing the natural environment. Lam, instead, creates a landscape (diorama) filled up with his own sentiment as a target for observation. Then he followed this handmade landscape to develop a series of painting. Neither the diorama nor the painting is a replica of the real world. Lam’s intention seems to create a false-reality mingled with history, emotion, imagination and doubt.

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