Goethe-Institut Hongkong presents in the new year a painting exhibition titled “Somewhere: Recent Works by Chan Sai-lok
”. “Somewhere” traces the journey of Chan Sai-lok’s paintings about narrative and showcases Chan’s recent works including two sets of new works.
The exhibition opens on January 20, 2016 (Wed) in the presence of the artist at the Goethe-Gallery and runs until February 15, 2016. You are cordially invited to join us at the opening.
“It goes without saying that we live on one location or another, yet I have never felt strong emotional ties to any place I have been. Nonetheless, I cannot ignore the issue of place altogether, as at the very least, a wall is needed for paintings, and room is needed to exhibit art work. Spatial changes in the academies that I attended, and relocation from one studio to the next have reflected themselves into the memory of my works. Scenes of my former studios and exhibition spaces came back to me vividly as I went through my old works. Fiction, poetry and texts in gender theories are often made up of scene after scene. One cannot help but make references to physical locations and living individuals who are bound to be located somewhere as s/he writes. Places are made up of people. So I see people wherever I go, and I see stories.
The issue of the narrative in paintings have always been the core theme of my exploration. When words come together they form a narrative, but a narrative does not necessarily be made up of words. A narrative tells a story, but the story is not necessarily the purpose of the narrative. My area of focus is literature, rather, the essence of literature, as I express it in terms of paintings. If words are only a conventional system of functional symbols, then all symbols associated with words should manifest the characteristics, aura and essential qualities of literature. My quest and experiments are still ongoing.”
About the Artist
As a painter and writer, Chan Sai-lok shifts across fields of art and literary practice, education, art criticism, art administration and gender studies, to the extent that his changing roles somehow blur his own identity.
Chan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and completed a Master of Arts in Gender Studies programme from the Chinese University of Hong Kong subsequently. He has published self-funded exhibition catalogues One Way Ticket in 2007 and Future, in Variance with Memories in 2008. He is now a freelance art practitioner and executive member of the House of Hong Kong Literature.