Stephen WONG Chun Hei: Daydream Travelogues 黃進曦《臥遊》
Stephen WONG Chun Hei
3 June – 9 July 2016
Gallery EXIT is pleased to announce “Daydream Travelogues”, an exhibition of new works by Stephen WONG Chun Hei. This will be the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery. It will open on 3 June 2016 and remain on view through 9 July. An opening reception will be held on Friday, 3 June 2016 from 6 pm until 8 pm.
The paintings on view in “Daydream Travelogues” reveal WONG’s fascination in wandering between actual and imaginary natural scenery. Various distinctive scenic views continuously arise in the artist’s mind even on the days he is working in the studio. These scenes are prompted by the artist’s visual experience during his long hiking trips, or composed by his intuitive imagination. Accordingly, WONG’s landscape paintings provide a sense of mystery, being familiar yet out of place.
WONG is very fond of imagining his own position in the scenery, following with the extension of dramatic winding path and the construction of spectacular views on the surrounding two sides. Without many presumptions, as if going on an excursion in the outskirts, one is not able to foresee the scene. WONG’s works guide the viewer to climb up and down the mountains, one after another, and pass through the interlacing path, exploring the wild labyrinth created by the artist’s actual vision and his realm of ingenuity.
The artist portrays landscapes with stylized brushstrokes as though resembling his own footsteps in the countryside. His paintings tug at the viewer’s heartstrings by murmuring the interdependence between human and nature.