ARTWORK CONTENT

ARTIST Kwok Hin Tang
ARTWORK TITLE (CHI) 燈謎
ARTWORK TITLE (ENG) Riddles of Light
MEDIA single channel video projection, a round wall lamp, mosquito nets, single channel video inserted into a table, stand lamps, incense, optical fiber light, censers, an altar, tea leaves and chairs
YEAR 2015
DIMENSION 0.00cm x 0.00cm x 0.00cm x 0.00cm (L x W x H x D)
PERSONAL / GROUP WORK Personal work
ARTISTIC PRACTICE Sculpture
Video Art
Installation
Mixed Media
ARTWORK
DESCRIPTION (ENG)

During the annual reunion of my family for each Mid-Autumn Festival, I always see other relatives on their rooftops.

Strings of lanterns with shimmering light swing in the air. Occasionally, a gust of wind blow, and a few lanterns go dark all of a sudden. Street lamps are just near. Their light project on some faces. All appearances are thereby deeply marked with visible lines as dozens of chiseled, solemn-looking statues.

It is a traditional festival enlivened in the modern time.

Moon cakes, star fruits, lanterns, packaged gifts, bottles of red wine, lighters; all the hustle and bustle intermingled with fireworks and soap operas. The festival has never kept away the modernization, both inside and outside the besieged walls of my village.

Between the real and the artificial, illusion encompasses the light, a dramatic play of sharp black-and-white contrast. It is charismatic. It creates an atmosphere that draws people into indescribable feelings.

I have recorded the moon. Candlelight, moonlight, and lamplight. Interplay of light and shadow. The tradition and capitalism are always in opposing positions, separated while still attempting to retrace and to integrate.

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION (CHI)
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圍村中秋,每年跟鄰居頂樓相見。

紙燈籠忽淺忽沉的串串灰,偶然被大風一刮,頓即黑了幾處,然街燈在旁配合,光芒收放間強調些臉容,刻劃深刻的皺紋斧鑿數十尊莊嚴塑像。

傳統節慶在現代實踐。

月餅、楊桃、燈籠,相伴禮盒、紅酒、打火機;喧鬧聲混雜煙火和電視劇。圍牆內外的現代化,沒因節慶而被隔絕。

蚊帳作燈籠;盤香作燈罩;光纖作香火;茶杯倒映的天花燈作圓月。真假間,幻象概括了光芒,如黑白對比強烈的戲,既魅惑又懂掌握氣氛,欺騙人一再掉進無以名狀的感受。

燭光、月光、電燈光,光影轉換。傳統與資本,是對立;是相隔;又試圖追溯;再試圖交融。
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TAGS light, riddles, civilization, tradition, citylife
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