IN SESSION 6 - Chino NG Kwok-cheung
Stone after stone
IN SESSION 6 –
from June 20, 2016
July 30, 2016 ~ August 30, 2016
Stone after stone | 石頭記
A series of my daily record over several months in 2015, about many little stones in brilliance. They are what and how I see, one stone in one day.
As for you, do know how much time it took me to make one drawing?
How much time would you spend looking at my drawings?
Together, how much time will we will look at the stones in this place?
I wonder how long it takes for nature to form each one of these little stones.
Day by day, coming and going as usual, changing as usual.
You are sincerely invited to come,
to share my ordinary discoveries and yours.
Chino Ng Kwok Cheung (°1987, Hong Kong), an artist, illustrator and graphic designer, graduated in HKBU Academy of Visual Arts in 2011. He works in a variety of media. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, Chino investigates the dynamics of landscape with different dimensions, namely the change of environment, time and every details how landscape means to him rather than presenting a factual reality. His practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for guiding with a minimalist approach in the world of art.
His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and utilize the artist’s daily experiences as a starting point. With a conceptual approach, he tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes involving the viewers in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work. And currently his works are focusing on the subject of light and reflection.
Y: Yeung Yang
Some time in February 2016
Chino and I first met in a congee place one block from A3. He was introduced to me by Susi Law at Art and Culture Outreach (ACO). Susi is a specialist in matching. This wasn’t the first time I benefited from her expertise. She understands what a good match could mean – she is an artist herself. Recently, I gave her the nickname “pre-curator”. Over the phone, I could see her body loosened up in her crispy laugh, as always, with a tinge of mischief.
Chino took out two thick square shaped sketchbooks and placed them between my soya bean milk and his ice lemon tea. The covers were yellow, slightly beaten. I opened one up; gem after gem appeared.
We chatted about what he did during the working holiday in Germany he was just coming back from – small installations and photographs he made for a hostel. I felt for him, the happiness in being able to exchange his talents in a right match. I felt fortunate to witness his youthful kind of pride.
Not many words marked our conversation, but an image of him gradually configured in my mind – a wandering body, looking downwards and sideways, looking for small stones as a daily routine.
For even more matching, I shared with Chino Tove Jansson’s short story “Stone” from The Winter Book. The story tells of a child finding a stone with shiny particles inside. The journey of pushing it home seemed to last forever. I wondered if Chino shared the child’s sense of discovery and adventure, but also anxiety, that someone else would find what he was looking for first.
May 19, 2016 (over email)
Y: Hello Chino, please forgive me for being super slow in this - way too busy!! Hope you have been doing well. I mentioned in our meeting last time about some questions I have for your stone project. Please feel free while responding to them. It's meant to be a chat for a better and broader understanding of your thinking (and the questions are not in any particular order...).
1. About 'translucence' and your interest in it must have come a long way and from multiple sources. What are the significant moments? What inspires you about it (including your fascination with 'reflective' surfaces)? How has the quality of translucence/ reflection affected the way you see things that are not naturally or immediately translucent?
2. Can you describe your process of identifying and/ or picking up a stone? (in as much detail as possible, eg. do you actively search? where? how? in what pace do you walk? etc.)
3. This 'repetition' of drawing a stone with a similar approach over and over again - what is appealing/ important about it to your practice of art, and to your life, as it currently is?
4. How would you describe your relationship with stones before and after the project? Is there anything particular about stones you connect with?
May 21, 2016 (over email)
1. When I was little watching cartoon, I always thought of one question – if I were the one to draw it, how would I? Every Time I thought about this , the problem would turn to how to draw the light in things like Kamehameha (龜波氣功 http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Kamehameha) in the Japanese manga Dragon Ball. When I really took action to try drawing the light, it felt quite amazing. That's the first time I was deeply attracted to light in drawing. After that, when I was around 17 or 18 years old, I started drawing and sketching things like water, glass....etc. I actually like matt surface too, because that's another side of the glossy or the reflective. Maybe I like the touch of surface or texture in general…Hm…But I will say that the sparkling things have always attracted me.
2. I pick up the stones from the streets, in parks, or even in plant shops. The starting point though, was a stone I picked up in Taiwan a few years ago.
3. When I choose the stone to draw, I have a method, like a system, to arrange the different types of the stones to pick up in the following few days, such as day 1- brown stone, day 2- black stone with pattern, day 3 - light brown stone, etc., to avoid the boredom of repetition. For me drawing a new stone every time is really "new", so repeating the activity of drawing makes me feel good in a deep way.
4. I think for me, a stone is a thing on which we stand, like soil. We are very close, like our relation with air, but we are not even aware of it. This project assures me that everything from nature is united.
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