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Beyond 1 Kilo - a ceramic exhibition

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Beyond 1 Kilo - a ceramic exhibition

The concept for this exhibition, ‘One Kilo’ was sparked by an experimental assignment given to five emerging ceramic practitioners whilst undertaking their first year of studies (BA in Fine Art) at Hong Kong Art School. One kilogram of malleable clay was given to each artist. They were encouraged to explore it, to challenge their existing perception of clay, and to discover extreme possibilities away from conventional clay-making. They all started from the same point for this exhibition yet arrived at very different and creative results.

Clay is the major material for ceramic art. Clay may have a heavier visual weight than physical weight or vice versa. Clay is a unique material as compared to other materials; it gains or loses weight depending on the moisture enclosed as well as the firing processes it undergoes. So when is the correct time to determine the weight of a piece of clay? Or, is the more important issue actually beyond the weight?

Using ‘weight’ as the ignition point for this exhibition, the concept of “One Kilo” has travelled beyond the obvious. With imagination and exploration these ceramic artists have enhanced their own practice and created work that is meaningful and memorable.

Jonathan TSANG Yat Wing’s piece A Litre of Tears explores the notion that emotions have weight. “We often talk about something being light-hearted or someone having a heavy heart. I created a series of books that represent the letters written by soldiers during wartime“ states Jonathan.

Weighty Propositions by Geoffrey Palmer plays with the notion that weight cannot be seen. Geoff’s work intends to mislead the viewer by balancing objects precariously upon each other in seemingly impossible arrangements.

Kate SIU Man Kit’s work for this exhibition takes the form of a daily diary. Kate recorded the conversations that she had with her Japanese Sensei during a week in December. He Makes Me Love Clay translates their daily dialogue into objects.

Sara HUNG Lok Man’s work, Gentle Breath is in relation to a verse in the Bible where man received the Holy Spirit through Jesus. Her touching hybrid forms demonstrate a sensitive, poetic aesthetic.

Another series of work is all about the healing process. “Tread Softly is all about remembering to slow down and allowing other people to help ” states Sharyn Wortman. Her series of fragile porcelain forms precariously rise into the air, challenging the stable ground below.

Rachel Cheung the curator of this show states, “the first time I encountered these artists I felt their energetic, lively and passionate attitudes towards exploring ceramic art. This joint exhibition showcases their fresh ideas and outcomes that were based on their individual research around the same topic.”

「一公斤」的想法是源於五位正修讀香港藝術學院藝術學士學位課程的新晉陶藝工作者去年的一份實驗性質的習作,他們每人以一公斤的陶泥進行探索,以發掘陶泥的可塑性,並挑戰自己對傳統陶瓷製作的固有觀念,嘗試尋求突破。他們由同一個出發點起步而邁向很不一樣的創作小結,並呈現於今次展覽。
陶泥是陶瓷創作的主要物料,它的視覺重量可能與真正重量不成正比。泥的重量直接受內含的物質及水份以至燒製的過程而變化不定。那麼應該在甚麼階段或時間去量度陶泥的重量呢?又或者更重要的事是在於超越這重量的局限呢?
今次展覽,五位參展者正是藉陶泥的「重量」作思考的起點,從而想像、探索、超越,以追求及鞏固他們在當代陶藝創作的實踐。
參展藝術家曾逸榮作品「一公升的眼淚」呈現出情緒的重量。他形容:「我們經常會談論誰有多少的快樂,或是有多少的傷心。我用書本的形態,代表着殘酷戰爭時期軍人們的信,看起來輕,卻承載着很重的心情。」

Geoffrey Palmer「重量的意味」嘗試帶起重量能否被看見的討論。他利用不平衡的作品來誤導觀眾,把不可能變成可能。

蕭文潔為此展覽製作了一本日記。將自己與一位日本陶藝老師一星期間的對話紀錄下來,化作藝術品「他讓我愛上陶土」。

洪樂敏的作品「氣息」節錄了聖經中的一節經文,講述耶穌向門徒吹一口氣,使他們接受聖靈的故事。她的手捏混合陶土方式,展現出敏銳又極具的詩意美學。

Sharyn Wortman的作品表達出癒合的過程,她提及:「『輕踏』令人記起慢活,還有提醒人應如何敝開心扉。」她看似脆弱的作品被掛在空中,似乎在向穩固的地面下戰書。

此展覽的策劃人張煒詩回想起第一次與這五位藝術家見面時:「我感受到他們令人欣賞的魄力和探索陶瓷藝術充滿熱情的態度。此合作展,分別表露了他們圍繞着同一主題,而發揮個人獨得的創新想法。作為新晉藝術家,今次的展覽經驗的獲益將為他們日後創作之路鋪上基石。」

參展藝術家為洪樂敏Sara, Geoffrey PALMER, 蕭文潔Kate, 曾逸榮Jonathan及 Sharyn WORTMAN

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