ISBN : 978-988-98388-9-8
Publisher : Osage
Date Published : April 2007
Author : Jonathan Thomson
Editor : Agnes Lin
Designer : Joseph Yiu
Curator : –
Artist/s: : Ma Chi-hang, Kwan Sheung-chi, Lee Kit , Chow Chun-fai, Pak Sheung-chuen,
This publication was published as the catalogue to the exhibition, Inside Looking Out held at Osage Kwun Tong from 13 April to 28 May 2007.
Inside looking Out features the work of six young contemporary Hong Kong artists and asks the question “Is there a “Fotan School” of Hong Kong?”
The establishment by young Hong Kong artists of studios in the old flatted factories at Chai Wan, Kwun Tong and in particular at Fotan, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, is one of the most interesting developments in recent contemporary Hong Kong art. For Hong Kong, this is the closest we come to the Western notion of the aesthete or bohemian artist working for arts sake in his garret. But the artist in his studio also has links to the traditions of the Chinese literati artist-scholar.
The exhibition Inside Looking Out comprises work by six artists from studio Mr 221 and studio 615 at Fotan and presents an opportunity to explore whether there is any solid theoretical and methodological basis for an examination of the construct that may come to be called the “Fotan School”. As the artworld becomes more and more fragmented the identification of artists as a member of a particular group or “school” is for many the only way of lending structure to a highly fluid range of contemporary art movements.
The artists in the exhibition are Ma Chi-hang (Film/Media Arts), Kwan Sheung-chi (Multi-disciplinary Arts), Lee Kit (Painting Installation), Chow Chun-fai (Painting), Pak Sheung-chuen (Conceptual Art) and Lam Tung-pang (Painting / Mixed-media).