Event: Material World: Kong Khong-chang, Kwok Ying & Pauline Lam Yuk-lin
Date: May 29-June 14, 2002
Grotto Fine Art takes pleasure in presenting Material World, a group exhibition of three young Hong Kong artists: Kong Khong-chang, Kwok Ying and Pauline Lam Yuk-lin. Featuring works in different materials ranging from oil on canvas, concretes, stainless steel to ceramic clay, Material World presents a fresh view into the life of three contemporary Hong Kong artists whose works utilize urban materials as their creative medium.
After graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000, Kong Khong-chang has been working as a graphic illustrator and commercial artist. With his keen interest in installation and multi-media work, Kong's own painting utilizes unconventional material such as stainless steel plate as its base. On top of this glossy and reflective surface, Kong's figures or still life are presented with a new dimension and outlook.
Kwok Ying graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000. She now works as an art administrator while maintaining a studio for her creative life. Kwok Ying is a physical artist which means that she likes to use heavy industrial materials and intensive laboring for her works. Kwok Ying's painting combines the raw texture of ceramic clay and repetitive drawings, a distinctively unique approach that earned her a Fine Art Award at the 2001 Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition.
Pauline Lam Yuk-lin was in the Class of 1993 of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She now works as an art teacher and instructor. Unlike conventional sculptor who uses plaster or bronze, Lam uses concrete and steel as the foundation of her works. According to Lam, these two materials characterize the urban Hong Kong environment where new buildings are rapidly raised and greenery covered by concrete slabs. Lam's steel flowers epitomize her concern for effect of urbanization.