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I Call you Nancy. A site-specific installation by Tang Kwok Hin.    May 1 - May 26, 2012

Grapple-vity
Tang Kwok Hin
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Tang Kwok Hin
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I call you Nancy.
Tang Kwok Hin
I call you Nancy., 2012
 
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exhibition location:
Clipper Lounge
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
5 Connaught Road
Central, Hong Kong

Clipper Lounge Hours:
Daily: 6:30 am – 11:30 pm
Viewings for Diners or by appointment

Gallery Hours:
Tues – Sat: 10.30 – 6.30 pm
Other times by appointment

From 1st May Amelia Johnson Contemporary in conjunction with Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and ART HK12 is delighted to present a themed exhibition by the award winning Hong Kong artist, Tang Kwok Hin. Conceived especially for exhibition in Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s iconic Clipper Lounge, “I Call you Nancy” is a site-specific installation based on the life of the artist’s fictitious sister.

Using video and collage as mediums, Tang Kwok Hin weaves together 25 years of poignant memories to create a life for a sister he never knew. The artist draws inspiration from images commonly associated with the ‘ideal family’ and popularized by contemporary culture, film and media. Hin uses Hong Kong, its local people, natural landscape, landmarks and institutions as inspiration to construct beautiful, carefully layered works with poetic undertones.

Acknowledging the significance of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and the role that this hotel has played in shaping Hong Kong and the lives of its people, the artist has devised this installation not to draw attention to his own memories and experiences but uses personal elements to construct a carefully curated context that draws the viewer inward and invites them to reflect on their own history, experiences and memories. Framed between the windows of the Clipper Lounge, these tiered glass and Perspex pieces of art will allow guests and viewers a peek in to Nancy’s life.

Biography:

Tang Kwok Hin was born in 1984 and raised in Kam Tin, one of the last remaining walled villages, in Hong Kong’s New Territories. It was during his undergraduate studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he received his BA and MFA in Fine Art, that he became fascinated by the relationship between nature and urban development in Hong Kong. Through his work, Tang examines objects and images and how their meanings have been altered by urbanisation and human development in the age of technology.

Tang Kwok Hin was awarded first prize at the Hong Kong Biennale in 2009 and the “40 Under 40 Recognition of Young Creative Talent Award” in 2010. In addition he was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Asian Sovereign Art Foundation Prize in 2010 and 2011 and for the international Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice in 2011. Most recently, Tang was the recipient of the 2010 Award for Young Artist (Visual Arts) awarded in 2011 by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Tang Kwok Hin’s work is found in the collections of Deutsche Bank and the Hong Kong Museum of Art as well as private collections in the United States, Australia, Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong. He is an active curator and speaker and has participated in many cross-cultural exchanges throughout Asia. He continues to attract great interest from international collectors and curators alike and he is fast becoming one of the most talked about Hong Kong artists of his generation, with a reputation for creating thought provoking work heavily infused with a local flavour.

About the gallery:

Founded in 2005 by Amelia Johnson, Amelia Johnson Contemporary has built up an enviable reputation for presenting carefully curated exhibitions as well as selecting to showcase only those artists possessing strong artistic vision and integrity. The gallery is dedicated to exhibiting groundbreaking international contemporary art in Hong Kong and to promoting young Hong Kong artists through spotlight exhibitions both in Hong Kong and overseas. The gallery has grown to such an extent that a second exhibition space was established at the start of 2011. Based in an old potter’s studio across the street from the main gallery space, Gallery 2 is an exciting new venue for showcasing site-specific installations and individual large-scale works. The gallery has participated in many international art fairs, including CIGE (Beijing), Arco (Madrid), ShContemporary (Shanghai), The Asian Art Fair (New York) Pulse (Miami) and ART HK (Hong Kong).

For further details on the installation, detailed artist biography & images please contact the gallery on (852) 2548 2286 or info@ajc-art.com.

For further information on Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong's ART HK promotions please contact Nina Colls on (852) 2522 0111 or email ncolls@mohg.com.

For further information on ART HK 12 please contact Jennifer Pratt on (852) 3127 5523 or email jennifer@hongkongartfair.com.

ART HK is organized by Asian Art Fairs Ltd. and produced in collaboration with Art Basel. In July 2011, MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd., a MCH Group company and organiser of Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, acquired a 60% ownership stake in Asian Art Fairs Ltd.

ART HK - Hong Kong International Art Fair has been held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre since 2008. Its success reflects the increasing importance of the Asian art market and the fact that Hong Kong is now the world's third most important art market. It is now firmly established as the premier art event in Asia and is a key fixture in the international art calendar. ART HK prides itself as the best place in the world to see the latest developments in art from across Asia in the context of the best of international art from Europe and America.

Fair Director Magnus Renfrew brings over a decade of art industry experience to the Fair and recently featured in le Journal des Arts' '100 Most Influential People in the Art World' in February 2011 and in Art Review's 'Power 100' in October 2010. Furthermore, Renfrew was named one of the 10 most influential figures in the Asian Art Scene by Chinese Contemporary Art News in February 2009.

Dates: 17 - 20 May 2012
Press view: 16 May 2012
Website: www.hongkongartfair.com

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