Hung Fai & Wai Pong-yu
Same Line Twice 16, 2019
Pigmented ink and ballpoint pen on paper
90 x 90 cm
In their bipartite compositions, the artists become increasingly aware of the gap between their respective lines as a theme, an active absence, and a character that uncannily reflects aspects of each of them. While avoiding a bipartite composition here, they realize the gap in physical space and embody it by standing back-to-back between the divided square halves of a sheet of paper. Across the opening, Hung lays down his lines using a long and unwieldy metal ruler, and Wai traces long arcs using his body as a pivot. Artifacts of the limits of their bodies and eyesight, these lines together resemble a drawn bow, whose visual tension and implied violence become the foundation for the rest of the drawing. Later on, the artists move more freely between and around the two compositions, like playing on two chess boards at once.
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.