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House of Red House of Blue 紅屋與藍屋

At the urban edge of our city the tension is building up, the old system is collapsing quickly and you can smell anxiety in the air: the fear of being engulfed by the other side. The opposition assumes our city is their ideal city, we think our ideal city is another island similar to ours, across the ocean. Hostility, hatred, and violence grow larger and larger under the banner of Nationalism. We thrust ourselves into this dark tunnel with devotion and passion but in the end we are making no difference.

The artist has been inspired by the recent escalating Hong Kong–Mainland China conflict where our society became politically polarized. This pavilion is made of abandoned tree trunks and recycled wood collected from 250 pallets. Inside, a library resembling a ‘metaphorical forest of light and shadow’ displays political books of opposing viewpoints about Hong Kong and Mainland China. Visitors can sit down and read quietly. The artist and his assistants built the pavilion themselves and utilized the traditional Japanese Shou-sugi-ban (burnt wood) method to create the charcoal effect on the wood, symbolizing transformation and destruction.

城市邊沿的邊緣, 氣氛愈來愈緊張。舊有體制正被迅速崩潰,空氣中漫延著快將被對方吞噬的恐懼。對方假設我們的城市是他們的理想城市,我們卻認為我們的理想城市是在大海彼岸,與我們相似的另一個島嶼。敵意,仇恨和暴力在民族主義的旗幟下日益增長。我們懷著忠誠和熱情,投進這個黑暗的隧道。但最終,我們跟他們的局面,未能造成分別。

藝術家被最近持續升級的中港矛盾所啟發。我們的社會不斷兩極化。這個展館是由被廢棄的樹幹和由250塊卡板回收得來的木材所建成。內部是一間圖書館,收藏了有關中港矛盾,正反論點的書籍。參觀者可在形似“光影組成的森林”內坐下來靜靜地閱讀。藝術家和助手團隊親手用傳統的日本燒杉方法處理木材。木炭效果不但有防水防蟲的效果,更象徵著轉變和破壞。

Recycled burnt wood, tree trunks, & political books    

20.5m(L) x 14.5m(W) x 4m(H)    

2013

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Shelters of Resistance 反抗避難所

A leading figure in the Hong Kong art scene, artist Kacey Wong presents for the first time in Paris an exceptional in-situ installation in the courtyard of the 4th district City Hall. He will also conduct a special site performance for the Nuit Blanche 2015.

Transforming USELESS into USEFUL, Kacey Wong works from recycled and burned wood to build shelters in different size and shapes. These primitive huts are meant to reflect the contemporary realities, whether social, political or economical: they are at the same time shelters for the homeless, the unemployed or for refugees, havens where to find peace and liberty from oppression and even intimate spaces for dialogue and sharing in a world where individuals communicate less and less. Pockets of resistance, they also echo the democratic movement called the Umbrella Movement which took place last October in the streets of Hong Kong. 

Wong will also perform the Celestial Fortune Telling during the ‘Nuit Blanche’, aiming at creating a peculiar and deep dialogue with the audience: within one of his shelters he will install a temporary Chinese style temple and will predict the artistic future of the public.The process of building the shelters is part of the exhibition, and the artist will be present on site to meet the public until the opening on October 5 2015. This exhibition benefits from the support of the Burger Collection

2015

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Drift Exile 流浪 . 放逐 (Process)

Drift Exile Saloon 流浪 . 放逐酒吧 (Process)

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Manufacture Date & Expiration Date 製造日與到期日

Manufacture Date & Expiration Date Process 製造日與到期日

Manufacture Date & Expiration Date (Process) 製造日與到期日

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Memory of the Forest 森林的記憶

I heard the animals in the forest are slowly disappearing. In the name of progress and development, deforestation took place in the jungle and the original habitats of the animals were destroyed in an unprecedented scale. The animals in the forest cannot adapt to the drastic change of the environment and heading towards extinction. The trees that once provide shelter for the animals got transformed into industrial product, then further turned into garbage and buried at the landfill in a very short time. Inside the memory of the animals that once lived in the forest, they would remember us as Destruction, Disappearance, and Death. These sculptures are made by recycled wooden crates, it encourage the viewer to sit inside and to look at our world from the animal’s perspective.


聽說,森林裏的住客正在慢慢消失,人類以發展之名不斷大量砍伐樹木以至動物原有的生態環境遭受前所未有的破壞,森林裏的動物因生活環境突變,無法適應而步向滅亡。曾經是動物安樂窩的森林變成了工業產品,再變成了填海區的垃圾只是一瞬之間。破壞、消失、死亡就是曾經在森林裏居住過的動物,對人類的記憶。這些雕塑是由回收的木板改造而成,觀眾可以走進雕塑裹面去,由動物的眼睛看看世界去反思人類對自然的被壞。
Sponsored by Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation
 (Students helper:  Wong Chun Kit, Mok Hiu Suen, Chan Yu Him, Wong Chi Kin, Tim Yan,  Chiu Leong Yee, Terry, Kolour Leung, Yeung Yiu Mau, Hiu Wing Sze, Cheung Tik Ki, Chan Kwan Yin, Lau Lai Yee, Lau Chun Wai, Roy, 
Chan Chun Yat, and Sam)

Recycled wooden pallets   Dimension various    

2009

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Eco Drumset 環保鼓陣

My large octopus Eco Drum Set is finally completed after working on it for few months! The research involved interviewing famous drummer Jun Kung regarding drumming, going to the Yan Oi Tong Eco Park Plastic Resources Recycling Centre. That trip really changed my lifestyle, after seeing so much garbage generated each day in the city. The Eco Drum Set is composed of recycled wood and plastic material; it is basically a large scale musical percussion instrument that can generate different beat tones. This project  was organized by The National Geographic Channel, it is part of the Hong Kong Clean Up project. 

Recycled wood, plastic barrels, found cooking wares, & lights    

515cm(L) x 370cm(W) x 250cm(H)    

2013

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Cardboard Project 紙皮計劃

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