‘In Between Self-Reinforcing Strength & Co-Creation’ Exhibition by Mok Yat-san and Man Fung-yi
阿三策展 Curated by Chan Sai-lok
香港恒生大學藝術設計系主辦 Presented by Department of Art and Design, HSUHK
大學圖書館協辦 Supported by HSUHK Library
日期 Date: 5 – 29 June, 2023
開放時間 Opening hours:
8:30 am – 7:00 pm (Mon to Fri) ; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sat)
星期日及公眾假期休息 Closed on Sunday and public holiday
G/F, Library, S H Ho Academic Building, Heng Sang University of Hong Kong
開幕 Opening: 5:00 pm on 5 June (Mon)
Mok Yat-san and Man Fung-yi’s artistic practice in painting, sculpture and contemporary ink art, have taken them on a journey of creative discovery, leading them to passionately engaged in public art projects both locally and abroad. Their work sought to harness the power of art that engages with and impacts the community.
This exhibition revolves around the themes of mindfulness, mental health, and community art, all of which stem from Mok and Man’s self-scrutiny in delving into their ‘Heartfield’ in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The duo, along with their families, took a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, retreated to a rural estate where they reflected on themselves, immersed themselves in nature, and relearned the authentic way of life. The act of ‘planting’ serves as a metaphor for the daily practice of self-reflection and perceiving the fundamental of life cycles. Drawing inspiration from nature, the artists have created this series of works that incorporates recyclable bamboo as the material. The process of creative reflection and artistic contemplation in this exhibition not only serves as a powerful means of purifying and revitalizing the soul but also emphasizes the interconnectedness between individuals and the power of mutual inspiration. The inspiration resembles a resonance where the distinction between self and other dissolves in the face of artistic expression. Its power unites individuals to come together in a continuous cycle of creation and inspiration, weaving a tapestry of shared experiences that connect us all. The artists have invited viewers to leave their messages on bamboo bricks, which are then transformed into a bench. Meanwhile, the words and phrases on the fabric are rubbed from the bamboo cups visitors used to plant Mexican mint, transforming the exhibition space into a tranquil corner of the community.
The Department of Art and Design of the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong has invited Mok and Man to engage with students, educators, and the surrounding community, introducing them to the beautiful concepts explored in the exhibition. The library is a place for reading, contemplation; it is an intellectual space for the pursuit of knowledge, and the exchange of ideas. The art exhibition, therefore, becomes a natural extension of the library’s mission, offering a space for the cultivation of aesthetic sensibilities, the nurturing of creativity, and the fostering of social connections. Nearly ten students from the university were actively involved in the preparation and giving guided tours to visitors. They worked hand in hand with the artists to sow the seeds of a vibrant and prosperous ‘Heartfield’.
“ComPASSION Excitement, Enjoyment & Full Engagement Generation of Precious Collective Memories Sustainability Revitalization & Vivification”
All are welcome to attend the opening and visit the exhibition!