Artful Voyage

20 november 2013 / art / words adele chong

1-5 Sarah Tse’s drawing project; 6-7 Train Furniture by Sarah Tse; 8-10 Momoko Suzuki’s live drawing, Untitled Drawing Project.

 

Taking the concept of drawing to another level, a dual exhibition in Hong Kong invites viewers on an unforgettable journey.

Presented by Hong Kong’s Artify Gallery, the joint exhibition Sojourn focuses on new drawing work by transplanted creatives Hong Kong-born, New York-based Sarah Tse and Kanagawa born, Tokyo-based Momoko Suzuki. Traversing the line between public and personal space, the show brings together Tse’s meticulous pencil drawings and in situ works by Suzuki while placing emphasis on concerns that the two share: time, memory and imagination.

Both graduates of London’s Central Saint Martins College, Tse and Suzuki, in merging their wall-bound work, have essentially created a world where visitors are encouraged to surrender themselves in the power of line; the former does this through representational storybook imagery inspired by her own childhood memories, travels and dreams. Throughout the gallery space, there is a conveyed sense of nostalgia as well as the feeling of journeying through a surrealist daydream. Fantastical elements such as a circus clown and a deer-drawn carriage strewn with abundant flora are paired with meaningfully incorporated everyday objects; taking on a life of their own, these hybridized interpretations combined with altered perspectives enable the mild sensation of having slipped through the cracks of memory and winding up in a psychedelic version of one’s bygone childhood.

One is similarly accosted by graphic punctuations with Suzuki’s contributions, though it becomes immediately clear that the Japanese artist is generally more preoccupied with how forms emerge and disappear. Projected onto the walls, a video of Suzuki’s 8-hour performance piece, Untitled Drawing Project in Tokyo shows the creation and the deleting of a wall drawing by its audience. The sensuality of this process says as much about Suzuki’s ability to improvise as her innate understanding of architectural and biological frameworks.

Despite the differing aesthetics at play, Tse and Suzuki’s works find common ground. The idea of an escape is sharply apparent through both, making Sojourn a welcome retreat for those looking to get lost in a remarkable artistic journey.

Sojourn runs until 5 December at Artify Gallery, Hong Kong.

 

artifygallery.com

 

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