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Duo Exhibition: 'RECONSTRUCT' by 葉家偉 Alexis Ip X Stefan Irvine

  • Blue Lotus Gallery 28 Pound Lane Hong Kong Island Hong Kong (map)

葉家偉 Alexis Ip X Stefan Irvine


9 August - 15 September 2019

The Last Tong Lau - Stefan Irvine 'Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po' (Hong Kong, 2014) Courtesy of Blue Lotus Gallery

Exhibition Dates: 9 August - 15 September 2019 展覽日期:2019年8月9日-9月15日

Opening Reception: Thursday 8 August, 6–9 pm 開幕日期:2019年8月8日 下午6-9時

Blue Lotus Gallery: G/F 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong 香港上環磅巷28號地下

Opening Hours: Wed - Sun | 11am to 6pm. 開放時間:星期三至星期日 上午11時-下午6時

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Saturday 17 August, 4–6 pm

Artist Talk with Stefan Irvine | 2019年8月17日 下午4-6時: Stefan Irvine分享會日期

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Saturday 7 September, 4–6 pm

‘Fotomo’ 3D photo-collage workshop with Alexis Ip: , $350 per person

葉家偉-立體攝影浮雕 Fotomo工作坊:2019年9月7日 下午4-6時, 費用每人$350

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RECONSTRUCT is a new duo exhibition that showcases two artists who work with the reassembling of photographs, contrasting each other in how they ultimately manipulate them: one via analogue techniques and the other digital. Alexis Ip is known for his 3D ‘Fotomo’ collage, developed in his classroom where he has been a teacher for many of Hong Kong’s children as well as inspiring local artists through his popular workshops. Stefan Irvine’s now iconic and still expanding photo-series, ‘The Last Tong Lau,’ plays in the digital domain by re-stitching numerous images together, manifesting in a seamless creation that appears hyper-real and simultaneously surreal. Both artists tell stories of Hong Kong’s rich heritage by responding to it’s disappearing architecture and street culture due to the city’s perpetual ‘work-in-progress’ nature. The medium in-which each artist creates effortlessly demonstrates their artistic inquiry, producing works of immense handicraft, discipline and perfected reconstruction. Art imitates life and RECONSTRUCT shows two artists who creatively re-organise reality in order for us to see it more clearly, and in effect better remember, cherish and learn from it.

The exhibition will feature about 20 works from both artists including Alexis Ip’s 2019 collaboration ‘3D Neon Fantasies’ with Keith Macgregor. There will also be an Artist Talk by Stefan Irvine and a 3D ‘Fotomo’ photo collage workshop with Alexis Ip during the exhibition.

《重構 RECONSTRUCT》是一場展示兩位藝術家以重組照片創作的展覽;一位通過復古手法、而另一位通過數碼技術去創作:葉家偉以3D「Fotomo」拼貼創作而聞名,手工剪裁出香港街頭場景的攝影立體作品;而Stefan Irvine不斷擴展的攝影系列《最後的唐樓 The Last Tong Lau》則通過數碼後製將眾多影像重新拼接,無縫地創作並體現出一種超真實而同時又超現實的作品。兩位藝術家都透過回應香港正在消失的建築物和街頭文化,來講述當中豐富而多彩的遺產故事。藝術模仿人生,《重構RECONSTRUCT》展示出兩位以創造力去重組現實的藝術家,讓我們更清楚地看到香港的故事,並且確實地提醒我們謹記、珍惜並從中學習。

是次展覽將展出兩位藝術家約20張作品,包括葉家偉與Keith Macgregor共同製作的《3D霓虹遐想 3D Neon Fantasies》。在展覽期間,Blue Lotus Gallery將與Stefan Irvine主持一場分享會,另一方面亦會與葉家偉一起舉辦「立體攝影浮雕 Fotomo工作坊」。

Normally we see everything three dimensionally but in photography everything is turned two dimensional. What is so special about my works is the two dimensional is turned back into three dimensional though many layers. As a result the most ordinary street scenes like a vegetable or fruit vendor which people hardly pay attention to become magical.

— 葉家偉 Alexis Ip, 2018

As I explored the various districts of Kowloon, I was increasingly drawn towards tong lau architecture because of its many unique characteristics, such as the curved ends, the verandahs designed to shelter pedestrians, and the vibrant communities living and working inside.

「 而當我探索九龍的各個地區時,我被唐樓眾多獨一無二的特徵所吸引,例如兩端彎曲的轉角樓宇彎、為庇護行人的走廊設計、以及對於生活和工作充滿活力的社區色彩。」
— Stefan Irvine, 2019
Stefan Irvine_potrait.jpg

For the 'RECONSTRUCTION’ press release please click HERE.

Link to 葉家偉 Alexis Ip artist page on our website please click HERE.

Link to Stefan Irvine artist page on our website please click HERE.

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