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Needs 百貨 | Tang Kwok Hin


TANG Kwok Hin

Curated by Ying KWOK

7 November – 23 December 2015
Opening Saturday, 7 November 2015, 5 – 8 pm

Gallery EXIT 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan,Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Hours: Tue - Sat, 11 am – 6 pm 

*Guided Tour starts at 6 pm with the artist present at the exhibition opening

Gallery EXIT is pleased to present Needs, the first solo exhibition of Hong Kong-based artist TANG Kwok Hin, curated by Ying KWOK. The exhibition continues Tang’s usual practice in reflecting social values embedded in the quotidian commodity. Tang utilizes and combines various ready-made items and found images together to create constellations of art objects. By doing so, Tang provides new meanings to the seemingly meaningless, mundane and trivial commodities, prompting the viewer to re-interpret commodity from another angle. 

Consumerism thoroughly permeates our daily existence. Every single item is perceived as a commodity and incessantly dominated by its exchange value. As such, beginning from the most rudimentary point, the artist explores the basic essence of life. An overview of Tang’s works in the past few years is presented in this exhibition, highlighting his continual occupation with the ready-made. Through appropriating these rather insignificant prosaic fragments, Tang expresses his sensuous response and inspiration according to his personal encounters and daily vision. Not only evoke individual life experiences, Tang’s art pieces also aspire to trigger spectators’ curiosity and foster their imagination regardless of the overwhelming consumer culture. 

Tang constantly employs collage as his artistic style. During the process, he combines numerous distinctive pre-existing images and objects to create work, which gives the impression of déjà vu and draw visitors to contemplate. Besides retaining the original social contexts, the combination of diverse related and unrelated symbols can generate a new way of interpretation and understanding. Accordingly, the collage of the ready-made can reveal and re-present the originally hidden and neglected social messages, as well as establish the new narratives. 

The English title is not a literal translation from the Chinese title, department store (百貨 ). The dissimilitude between ‘Needs’ and ‘Department Store’ questions human desire and encourage viewers to create their own perspectives so as to enrich the layers of the exhibition.



開幕: 11月7日 (星期六) 下午5時至8時

地點: 安全口畫廊 香港香港仔田灣興和街25號大生工業大廈3樓
辦公時間: 星期二至六 上午11時至下午6時



消費文化充分滲透著生活的每一個角落,我們的生活建構在各式各樣商品上,鄧氏由基本出發,從日常物探討生活的本質。是次將展出一系列鄧氏的舊作與新作以構成一個較完整的脈絡,我們可看到藝術家一貫對日常物的沉思與執迷。鄧氏利用這些毫不起眼的生活碎片,抒發他對個人際遇及生活想像的一些感悟及啟發, 使其作品不但喚起個人的生活經驗,亦希望觸發觀賞者的好奇及想像。




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