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「The Flowing Seasons 四季流轉 」· John Wong 黃約翰 · FWD HOUSE 1881

1881 John Wong

John Wong 1881

John Wong 1881

Time: 20/01 - 14/05, 2022, 12pm-6pm

Location: FWD HOUSE 1881, Main Bldg, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong  

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The people of Hong Kong have always valued the celebration of Chinese New Year. During this special time AI Gallery presents this New Ink art exhibition from local artist John Wong in 1881 FWD HOUSE, whose artworks aim to inspire joy and festiveness with unique point-line-plane structures and the bright colours.

The visual effects of John Wong’s artworks transform the stereotype of the Chinese ink art (Shui-Mo) held by many people. By combining the conceptual simplicity and profound philosophy of traditional Chinese art with the expressive lights, shadows, and colours reminiscent of contemporary Western art, John Wong explores a new balance. A balance between black and colourful, tradition and modernity, the East and the West, analogous with the successful revitalization design of 1881 Heritage that achieves a harmony of the ancient and the modern. The sea is the continuous inspiration and main theme of John’s works, also fit 1881 Heritage’s background as the former Marine Police Headquarter before revitalisation.

Among the thirty artworks exhibited, you can see the unique “Breaking Force of Light” skills created by John Wong, as well as the “Word-painting” derived from the Chinese calligraphy. You can feel the passion and romance from the golden sea and the sunset, as well as the reservation and icy chill from the snow mountain and glaciers. But the cold winter is always followed by the green of spring, and we thus begin the cycle of seasons anew and in the same way we can always renew our hope for the future.

香港人歷來對農曆新年十分重視。愛畫廊於1881公館特別安排於此期間呈現本地藝術家黃約翰的新水墨個展,亦旨在透過該藝術特有的點線面同色彩激勵人心,借富有吉祥與喜慶意涵的作品為佳節增添喜氣。

黃約翰的作品在視覺呈現上幾乎可以顛覆普羅大眾對於中國水墨畫的傳統印象。在保留傳統水墨的簡約意境與哲學思辨之外,借鑑吸收了西方藝術對光影色彩的表達,以求在黑色與彩色、傳統與現代、東方與西方之間達至一種新的平衡。這與1881公館作為成功的古蹟活化範例,將歷史與現代於同一時空中和諧呈現、相得益彰的設計理念,頗有異曲同工之妙。而大海是黃約翰創作的不竭靈感和呈現主題,亦與1881公館的水警總部前身極為貼合。

在此次展示的三十幅作品中,既有呈现黃約翰獨創一格的「裂變追光」技巧,又有於書法文字中幻化鑲嵌而成的「字畫」;既有金海紅日的熾熱浪漫,又有雪山冰川的內斂凜然。而寒冬的凜冽,正是以新春盎然的綠意作為終結,由此重又進入到新一番四季的輪迴流轉。而我們呢,亦可以藉此進入對未來新一輪的展望了。

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