COME INSIDE: BABY SHOWER
17 February - 15 March 2017
Gallery EXIT is pleased to announce "BABY SHOWER", an exhibition of new works by COME INSIDE, an art collective consisting of MAK Ying Tung and WONG Ka Ying. The exhibition will open on17 February 2017 and remain on view through 15 March 2017. An opening party will be held on Friday, 17 February from 7 to 10 pm.
Mak and Wong formed COME INSIDE in 2016 as a saucy take on female stereotypes in global pop culture. They have performed as a pseudo girl group at various venues in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and even India, adopting the hyper-girlish dressing style and choreographed cuteisms of idol groups and internet key opinion leaders such as those in Asia.
For this exhibition, COME INSIDE has produced collage-style works that deal with the preference for "cute" and "fragile" women, attributes that are used for babies as well. This preference results in a blurred distinction between young women and infants and is powerfully reinforced through the mechanisms of global merchandising and e-commerce.
Most of the group's works are based on products purchased through the popular Chinese shopping website Taobao, for example posters of couples and babies. Mak and Wong appropriates the unique aesthetics of these posters for their own purposes, creating mixed-media works that contrast provocative pun such as "Eat My Pussy Baby" with an array of cut-out baby kittens.
Other works consist of the dresses Mak and Wong have worn for their performances as COME INSIDE, sewn together to form a patchwork of pink and baby blue fabrics. As the group reiterates, the dresses have not been washed - a subtle riposte to the fetishising of used girls' lingerie in Japan and other countries.
Mak and Wong embrace the female stereotypes they are faced with and use irony and role-play to turn them into strengths. The title of their exhibition, "BABY SHOWER", can be understood in the same way. As the group points out, a newborn only appears to be the most powerless member of a household - in fact, it is exactly the baby's weakness that allows him or her to take the centre stage and direct the attention of other family members.
安全口畫廊呈獻藝術組合COME INSIDE最新個展《BABY SHOWER》，組合成員為麥影彤及黃嘉瀛。展覽於2017年2月17日至3月15日開放，開幕派對在2月17日（星期五）晚上7時至10時舉行。
該組合的大部份作品，均以中國購物網站淘寶所購獲的商品為基礎，例如是以情侶和嬰兒為主角的海報。麥黃兩人就著海報的特殊美學改造成混合媒介作品，以挑釁及語帶雙關的字句，如「Eat My Pussy Baby」配合剪裁出來的小貓等圖樣，營造強烈對比。