Ocean LEUNG: Roll up the vibrant breeze
Roll up the vibrant breeze
19 November – 24 December 2016
Opening: 19 November (Saturday) 3-6 pm
As seen in recent exhibitions, Leung has exhibited versatility in the alteration of found materials and the construction of sculptural forms. Continuing his practice of appropriating objects and images rich in symbols, Leung builds visual discourses around social commentary and a reflection on various presentational methodologies.
Found vinyl banners are commonplace in Leung's body of work. Banners of promotional and propaganda nature play self-explanatory sarcasm and mischief under the artist's manipulation and assemblage in diverse media such as glass mount and iron structure. Besides readymade, a set of new banners were created to situate in a photographic piece. On them are images of burning fire, one with a dark chicken wing and one without. Put on two sides of a truck and juxtaposed with the Hong Kong cityscape and airport apron, the seemingly random but strong visuals became a grim metaphor for the city and its possibilities.
In this exhibition, one of the noticeable elements is the middle finger rendered geometric forms. It has close association with a tendency to revolt through conceptual delivery and raw aesthetics shared by other works. As a type of channelled anger, the spirit of protest remains after former years of activism against government authorities. The artist rethinks political criticism in a different setting, purposely introducing ambiguity in the reading to tackle the decontextualisation of urban issues in a white cube. By expressions and physicality of wordless objects, Leung's art acts as introspection of his early days.
Leung's other pieces were often generated by street observations, prompted by the intent to transform discoveries for artistic production. From objects obtained from refuse collection points and recycling shops to graffiti walls photographed in alleys, Leung explores aesthetics of a destructive nature. A fragmented incompleteness results from this drifting spontaneity, incidentally responding to corrupt realities and city ideals of a perfect life. In the artist's own words of dark humour, art environments are a type of mortuary of trash for autopsy to take place.
About the Artist
Ocean LEUNG (b. 1983, Hong Kong), graduated with Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Leung initiates projects by street drifting and observation on social movements. By employing object, installation, and video, his work acts as interplay of the paradoxical relationship between art and its plight. Participated exhibitions include solo exhibition “A Response to an Intervention” (Things That Can Happen, Hong Kong, 2016), “Roll Up the Vibrant Breeze” (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2016) and group exhibition “Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs” (Para Site, Hong Kong, 2017), “No Cause for Alarm” (La MaMa Galleria, New York, 2016) and “Soil and Stones, Souls and Song” (Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Philippine, 2016). LEUNG currently lives and works in Hong Kong.