Hung Fai & Wai Pong-yu
Same Line Twice 23, 2020
ink on paper
99 x 97 cm
$ 12,000.00
SALES ENQUIRY

Interaction: the artists sit on opposite sides of the paper and proceed from one short end to the other sequentially

On a cloudless day, Hung, Wai, and Yeung row a boat to the waters around Middle Island in south Hong Kong. Henry Au-Yeung as their helmsman keeps the boat from drifting freely. The liquid ground of their drawings here becomes an environment. The two artists become a unit, their interpersonal dynamics subsumed into vastly greater antagonisms. The boat’s rocking motion sets an irregular meter and especially threatens Wai’s freehand curves. In the intense sun, the paper becomes blindingly bright, the tools too hot to touch. In defiance Hung harnesses the sunlight by focusing it with a glass paperweight and tracing it with his pen. As the artists labor over some six hours to the point of exhaustion, their lines turn increasingly haphazard and abbreviated. Taking a respite from the heat, they enter the sea and draw in it for a brief moment before a wave tears the paper apart.

BIOGRAPHY +INFO

Hung Fai (b. 1988 in Hong Kong) graduated from the Fine Arts department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. Exploring both Chinese and Western media, Hung has developed unique expression and presentation techniques on both paper and canvas. Through deconstruction of elements in traditional Chinese ink paintings, his works are reconstructed conceptually with series of experimentation and transformation, and extend possibilities in ink painting. His works are collected by M+ Museum for Visual Culture and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Wai Pong-yu (b. 1982 in Hainan) moved to Hong Kong from Hainan at the age of two. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006. Wai has developed his own oeuvre with ink from ballpoint pen on paper, spinning the thread of his emotion and mind continuously as one line as it multiplies in rhizomatic manner. His subject matter often relates to the notion of the cosmos, time, nature, across the fields of juxtapositions and metaphysical forms. Wai’s work has been collected internationally by public museums and institutions including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford. Wai Pong-yu (b. 1982 in Hainan) moved to Hong Kong from Hainan at the age of two. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006. Wai has developed his own oeuvre with ink from ballpoint pen on paper, spinning the thread of his emotion and mind continuously as one line as it multiplies in rhizomatic manner. His subject matter often relates to the notion of the cosmos, time, nature, across the fields of juxtapositions and metaphysical forms. Wai’s work has been collected internationally by public museums and institutions including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford.