Neptune proudly presents 'Stars and Monsters' featuring works by Oscar Yik Long Chan, Yin-Ju Chen and Chulayarnnon Siriphol. The show gathers practices in which representations of the universe, celestial observations and approaches to astrology are implemented to unravel the monstrosity found in human behaviour and social violence in given contexts.
Yin-Ju Chen’s meticulous hand-drawn black and white charts are astrological depictions from her research on the alignment of planets that mark the exact start dates of political genocides and massacres. Her occult reading of the cosmos questions the inevitability of history and its astrological predictions. In the case of Chulayarnnon Siriphol, his film departs from religious iconography of the Tribhumi, the three levels of living statues representing the universe in Theravada Buddhism. The work cleverly exposes how this image, of the earthly and the celestial, mirrors the instrumentalization of myth in Thailand’s current delusional nationalism. On the other hand, instead of addressing a narrative on a given social body,Oscar Yik Long Chan’s ink drawings associates societal monstrosity with the seven chakras, the energy points inside one’s internal cosmology.
----------- Neptune is a year-long curated program located in a small commercial unit in a Chai Wan neighborhood mini-mall at the ground floor of a 1970s social housing building (屋邨商場), typical for Hong Kong's residential areas. It organizes group exhibitions interrelating the work of local and international artists whose practices are relevant to both Hong Kong's art community and to the context of Neptune's surrounding social fabric. Neptune's daily audiences are the regular users of this site, people who often encounter contemporary art for the very first time - Neptune's glass walls ensure that the exhibitions are fully accessible around the clock. Therefore the projects are thought to be aesthetically and thematically accessible, yet keeping the uncanniness of art and avoiding populisms.
Neptune proposes a coherent curatorial platform, firmly rooted in a Hong Kong neighbourhood. For the young professionals in the city, Neptune's goal is to be an inspiring low-cost model for an art space/project with international ambitions, showing that non-profit initiatives can thrive even in a challenging context like Hong Kong. Moreover, artists who are commissioned new work have the opportunity to develop site-specific projects in an unconventional venue, genuinely connected to Hong Kong's society, whereas art audiences have the chance to encounter art in direct relation to daily life.
Neptune is supported by a Project Grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Friends of Neptune.