The Evolution of Communication is curated by Ying Kwok. It focuses on the transformation and development of language in the age when technology, humans and society rapidly evolve and grow. Artists play with the rhythm of languages, exploring the underlying meaning beyond the literal meaning in modern context.
As an innovative cultural platform, Design Society aims to break the boundaries between various cultural disciplines. Through collaboration with local cultural institutions such as the foundation, we aim to contribute to the cultural ecology of the region, and to summon the pioneering creative communities.
The exhibition “The Evolution of Communication” includes the collection of the foundation as well as newly commissioned works. A series of sculptures, installations and 2-dimentional works will give diverse sensation to the viewer.
-Set against the capitalist society as the basic context, Chou Yu-Cheng and Guan Xiao’s works both able to synergize seemingly unrelated images and objects creating extra inter-referring meanings; Paul Chan cleverly makes use of the physicality of common found material, hinting us to the interplay of personal relationships and conflicts;
-Gordon Cheung used an array of media to capture the illusion between the virtual and actual realities of a modern capitalize world; Gordon Cheung used an array of media to capture the illusion between the virtual and actual realities of a modern capitalize world;
Aaajiao tries to materialize and visualize the digital cyberspace by concentrating on a certain common digital phenomenon;Aaajiao tries to materialize and visualize the digital cyberspace by concentrating on a certain common digital phenomenon;
Ryan Gander’s work questions our established knowledge by connecting the everyday and the abstruse concepts, conjuring a new mode of understanding.Ryan Gander’s work questions our established knowledge by connecting the everyday and the abstruse concepts, conjuring a new mode of understanding.
The works selected for this exhibition is similar to that of a puzzle game, or a network of connecting points, or fragments of a story. There’s a set of hidden clues to be decoded, encouraging viewers to make their own associations and invent their own narratives in order to unravel the complexities of communication staged by the artist.
As annual curator of the foundation, Ying Kwok will curate a series of exhibitions and educational programs based on the mission and collection system of the foundation. In addition, she will provide professional suggestions on newly commissioned works as well as collection and development strategy. Her research based curating often synthesizes different art forms in contemporary visual art, from site specific commissions, performances, to film and video and she was curator for Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief as Hong Kong presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale.
About the Curator
Ying Kwok is an independent curator based in Hong Kong. She works with a diverse range of art and cultural institutions nationally and internationally, from artist’s initiatives, art festivals, to public museums and the commercial sector. Her research based curating often synthesizes different art forms in contemporary visual art, from site specific commissions, performances, to film and video. Kwok is the curator for Contagious Cities: Far Away, Too Close for Tai Kwun Contemporary and Wellcome Trust, the lead curator of LOOK International Photography Festival 2017, and curator at M+ for Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief as Hong Kong presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale. Before embarking on her independent career, Kwok was the curator at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester UK, between 2006 and 2012.
Apart from curating, Kwok also founded Art Appraisal Club with a group of local art professionals in 2014, in order to encourage critical thinking and initiating effective art discussions in Hong Kong. The group provides regular exhibition reviews and their articles are published in magazines, various cultural networks and their own bilingual journal, Art Review Hong Kong.
About Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation
Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation is established and registered in Hong Kong by Mr. Frank F. Yang in 2015. As a non-profit art organization, the Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation is devoted to providing a diverse cultural platform for artists, curators, art critics and aficionados around the world, where by to stimulate dialogues and thoughts that inspire the practices in contemporary art. The foundation is actively engaged in promoting research, exchange and collection of contemporary art, and it supports and funds exhibitions, activities and publications for other non-profit art organizations. With a profound understanding on the synergy between life and art, the foundation's exhibition spaces challenge the notion of the white cube by blurring the boundary between the private and the public, and provide alternatives to support ways of exploring and practicing art. It currently runs three art spaces, YOU Space and EXTRA Space in Shenzhen, and SPARE Space in Shanghai.
The Evolution of Communication
Artists: Aaajiao, Paul CHAN, Gordon CHEUNG, Yu-Cheung CHOU, Ryan GANDER, Xiao GUAN
Curator: Ying Kwok
Exhibition Opening& Curator Tour: 24 March 2019, 15:00 & 15:30
Address: Park View Gallery, L1 Sea World Culture and Arts Center, 1187 Wanghai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Exhibition period: 24 March 2019 - 24 June 2019
Host: Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation
Co-host: Design Society
Sponsor: Blue Ocean Capital Group (“BOCG”)