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‘Minding the G(r)a(s)p’ Artist Panel—Making Art from Vintage Items


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22/F, Wing Wah Ind. Building, 677 King's Road
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

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The third artist panel of the exhibition ‘Minding the G(r)a(s)p’ invites Lau Hok Shing and Lulu Ngie to be in conversation with curator Celia Ho. Both artists are inspired by personal experience of collecting vintage items. They believe that these abandoned items possess a soul and life of their own, and, using this as a departure point, they transform them into artworks. The artists will bring with them some of these items to share memories and thoughts about them, as well as discuss the commonalities in each of their practices. The panel will be conducted in Cantonese.

About the artists

Lau Hok Shing

Lau Hok Shing focuses on sculpture and installation in his practice. Passionate about classical Chinese culture and literature, Lau is an avid collector of antique objects and books, which he incorporates into his artistic practice in various ways. His work opens up a new pathway for appreciation of classical culture and creates a conceptual thread that unites the traditional and the contemporary. His work has been exhibited extensively in Hong Kong and internationally, including exhibitions at the Taehwa River Eco Art Festival, Ulsan (2013); TEDA Contemporary Art Museum, Tianjin (2011); and Hong Kong Art Centre (2006). He was awarded the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2016 – Award for Young Artist (Visual Arts) I in 2016. Lau graduated with an MFA and a BA from the RMIT University in 2007 and 2005 respectively. 


Lulu Ngie

Lulu Ngie delights in studying the human psyche as expressed through a person’s body language: how a person stands, sits, lies, and moves, however subtly, reveals what they think and feel. When experiencing uncomfortable emotions such as acute embarrassment, anxiety, or fear, humans often try to protect themselves by seeking distractions or rationalising their feelings. These and other coping mechanisms are almost instinctive. Just as the physical body can heal itself after suffering an injury, the mind, too, has the ability to recover its equanimity after a trauma. The desire to protect humans themselves is strong in all living beings who seek self-preservation. Through her work, mostly ink on paper, Ngie shares her fascination in this often unnoticed but powerful part of our mental world. Selected solo projects included ‘Relax Until Distraction Comes’ (2019), and ‘Day After Day After Day’ (2013). Ngie graduated from the Hong Kong Art School and majored in painting.