Frank TANG: While I was away 鄧啟耀《我回來了》
Frank TANG: While I was away
18 November - 23 December 2017
Opening: Saturday, 18 November 2017, 4 - 7 pm
The current exhibition is a continuation of Tang's 2015 solo show "I was away for a while". The artist revisits the theme of "being away" with a new series of works based on his experience in Kyotango, Japan, a city he visited this September during an artist residency programme.
Tang reconstructs his impressions of Kyotango, a seaside town facing the Sea of Japan, through ink painting. His works show the scenery and landscape from different perspectives. In order to recreate the tone of the sky over Kyotango, he projects light of a similar tone onto the works. With the series, he hopes to evoke the feeling of getting away from city life.
The artist is well aware of the contrast between traditional ink painting techniques and current exhibition practice. This is apparent not only in the incorporation of light into his works but also in his use of window blinds and screens as hanging scrolls. A traditional form of presentation that goes back hundreds of years, scroll paintings usually hang suspended from a wooden rod. Tang, however, uses coloured fluorescent tubes instead - a choice that literally casts new light on an ancient practice.
About the Artist
Frank TANG (b.1988, Hong Kong) received his Bachelor of Visual Arts from Academy of Visual Arts(AVA), HKBU in 2010. Tang uses Chinese painting and video installation as a means being provocative to human thoughts and daily behavior with nature. Participated exhibitions include “While I was Away” (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2017), “From 4am to 10pm” (Chi Art Space, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, 2016), “Soliloquy in Dream” (Leo Gallery, Shanghai, 2016), “Wandering in the Park” (CL3 Architects Limited, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, 2015), group exhibition “Matter” (Seoul Auction, Hong Kong, 2019), “Hidden Forest” (Asia Society, Hong Kong, 2019), “Art Camp Tango” (Kyoto Art Centre, Japan, 2016), “Tradition Today” (China 8, Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 2015) and “What We See & Make Seen” (Museum Barengasse Zurich, Switzerland, 2014). TANG currently lives and works in Hong Kong.