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11 Nov 2015

BLACK BILE: Call for Hong Kong Artists

HUI Wai Keung


DEADLINE: 30th November 2015 EXHIBITION DATE: 8th-31st January 2016 EXHIBITION VENUE: 100ft. PARK Gallery ARTISTS : CHAN Sum Yan Tap, LAI Chun Ling Dick

HUI Wai Keung, Adam

100ft. PARK
1/F, 220 Apliu Street,
Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Hong Kong

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This project was inspired by my reading of Susan Sontag's book, 'Under the Sign of Saturn'. This is a collection of essays which has meditations on Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin and Hans-Jurgen Syberberg's film about Hitler. The book title comes from Benjamin's famous 'Saturnine' temperament, 'I came into the world under the sign of Saturn — the star of the slowest revolution, the planet of detours and delays.' While writing about the artists or thinkers, Sontag, who is believed to be also a depressive, wrote so sympathetically about their melancholy solitude; but admired their extreme creativity at the same time.

I am going to imitate what Sontag was doing: to look for and gather contemporary artists with the same 'Saturnine' temperament. A group exhibition is planned, and there will also be a research on the topic of 'melancholy and art'.

Melancholy is an inextricable trait in the visual art history, since the Aristotelian had connected the mood with creative geniuses. The iconic example could be Albrecht Dürer's 1514 engraving, 'Melencolia I'. and the work had already illustrated the pendulum of fate alternates between meaningful and meaningless. Inspired artists always desire to contemplate the truth, but in another minute, fully aware that it is indeed unreachable. It is just like walking on a thin wire across a canyon, artists fell into their death before accessed the utopia island. It was still a poetic journey because of the phantasmal imagination. There is nothing to regret. Unfortunately, the faith in transcendental and metaphysical truth even collapsed after postmodernism. Melancholy lost its mysterious and divine nature and further commodified into mediocre cliché in soap operas. It seems to be no turnaround. Let's me borrow the name of Ugo Rondinone's work exhibited in 1996, 'where do we go from here?'

OFFER (to each artist):
Artists Fee - HK$2000
Materials and production - HK$1000

- The exhibition is open to all artists living in Hong Kong, working in all media.
- All forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, video, sound are eligible. However, it cannot be huge due to the limited space of exhibition venue.
- All exhibited artworks are not for sale. No commercial activity is allowed in this exhibition.
- Exhibited works may be photographed for promotional purposes.
- Applying artists must be eligible to stay in Hong Kong during the exhibition period, and participate in the artist talk.
- Applicants should be aged 18 and over at the time of applying.
- The curator reserves the right to extend the application deadline and re-schedule the exhibition dates.

DEADLINE: 30th November 2015

EXHIBITION DATE: 8th-31st January 2016

You are welcomed to show me any material which could support your application, such as artist statement, portfolio, images, url link to your homepage, or vimeo/youtude videos. I do not accept hard-copy. Please send them to the email: Please also tell us your contact information.

For further information please contact curator: HUI Wai Keung, Adam (