November 2018

From Hong Kong to Taiwan: 715 km in print

Bambi Lam . Hsu Yi-Hsuan



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about the exhibition

Artify Gallery presents From Hong Kong to Taiwan: 715 km in print, an exhibition of print works by the artist couple Lam King Ting (Hong Kong) and Hsu Yi Hsuan (Chiayi, Taiwan). Over the course of two years, the artists document small moments of their relationship using print-making, the artistic medium that first brought them together. Their works humorously highlight the cultural differences of the two cities and fosters mutual understanding between the couple. 

In the “Half and Half” series, each work is co-created by the artists. In respond to a particular topic, one artist would finish half of a work, and mail the semi-finished piece for the other to complete. Their first work, Printing Press, features their working spaces respectively, and Cotton Tree Pavement depicts the city-scape around them. 

From eating habits to city landscape, the artists explore a wide range of themes in their works. “Print-making is, to us, a process of quizzing and understanding each other. Cultural differences are sometimes hard to detect and understood unless visualized,” said the artists. In their work “Half and Half – Mango, Pamelo and Sago”, the couple draws upon Hong Kongers’ favourite dessert by the same name (literally “pure water and willow branch” 楊枝甘露 in Cantonese). 

“When I first visited Hong Kong, I was surprised by this dessert. It contains fruits from completely different seasons. In Taiwan, we only consume fruits that are in season,” says Hsu. 

Through their research on the subject, the artists found out that pure water and willow branches, both imbued in the Cantonese name of the dessert, are actually holy objects in the hands of Guan Yin Buddha. The dessert, by its name, prides itself to be a heavenly delicacy. This finding is new even to Lam, a local Hong Konger who grew up with the dessert. As such, print-making incentivizes the artists to approach their habitual surroundings in a different light.

In addition to day-to-day moments, the print works also feature places that the couple visited together. In Half and Half series: Buddha Hong Kong and Taiwan, the Big Buddha of Hong Kong and Kaosiung sit alongside each other. The tranquil seaside towns Tai O’ and Koto are featured in series by the same name. “It never ceases to surprise me how differently we look at the same places we have been together,” says the artists.

Audience are cordially invited to experience print-making with the artist couple in the workshop Half and Half, to be held on 4 November (Sunday). Participants have to enroll in pairs and will create wood print separately on an agreed topic. The creative process mirrors that of the couple’s two-year-relationship. A set of two prints will be created for each pair of participants. 


Exhibition Details:

From Hong Kong to Taiwan: 715 km in print

Date:                 1 November – 8 December 2018

Opening hours: Tue – Fri  10am to 7pm; Sat  11am to 7pm; closed on Mon, Sun & Public Holiday 


Opening Reception:

Date:                 1 November 2018 Thursday

Time:                6-9pm



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