Portraiture

Exhibition View

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Otto Li 李天倫 | Timothy Zau 鄒昊宏

 

10 November – 2 December 2021

Sansiao Gallery HK
1/F, Room 104 - 5 Wilson House, 19 - 27 Wyndham Street,

Central, Hong Kong

Guest Curator: Chun Poon

Hayao Miyazaki
2016, ball pen on paper, 100 x 75 cm

We are delighted to present "Portraiture", an exhibition showcasing works by Otto Li and Timothy Zau. Portraiture is often connected with the creation of everlasting memories or the notion of adoring a prominent figure. Through unconventional approaches, the two artists attempt to offer a contemporary interpretation of portraiture.

Mainly focusing on 3-dimensional works, Otto Li has mastered a skill breaking something apart digitally and reassembling it into a physical form. He applied the same technique to portraiture but in the form of drawings. His portraits, which are drawn with numbers, reveal only a recognizable silhouette of the individuals.  Instead of showing the visual appearance of their faces, he used digital coordinates to imply their facial features. Through numerical representation, he provokes the thought that what we see may not be what is truly before us.

The social media snapshots may surface only for seconds before vanishing into the vast sea of images.  Timothy Zau painted portraits based on anonymous selfies from Instagram. These ephemeral selfies of strangers were re-created in oil on canvas, a traditional painting technique which meant to last for centuries. The pictures, which had lifespans of seconds on social media, are now reborn to pass on for generations.

Otto Li (Li Tin Lun) obtained his BA (2003) and MFA (2013) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He worked as a concept artist on CG animation for several years. His works often question the relationship between virtual and real worlds by deconstructing his subject matter and transforming its parts into another physical form. 

Timothy Zau (Zau Hou Wang) received a BA Fine Art (2008) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and an MA (2010) in Visual Culture Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Timothy explores the role of online selfies with non-sense captions, which seem to tell a fragment of a story about someone's life, but in fact, say nothing at all.

是次有幸呈獻展覽 《Portraiture》,展示李天倫(Otto Li)和鄒昊宏(Timothy Zau)的畫作。 Portraiture是指塑像,意為製作肖像畫的方式。肖像畫創作有悠久的歷史,透過傳神寫照將瞬間凝結於畫紙上,入畫的亦常是身份顯赫的人物。而兩位藝術家則嘗試突破肖像畫的創作傳統,以非常規方法來表達肖像繪製的概念。

李天倫以創作立體作品為主。他掌握了一種自創的獨特風格-以虛擬的數位工具解構事物,然後再將其立體像素重新組裝成實體。他將這種虛實互換、割裂後重組的創作方式應用於繪製肖像上,但是以類近铅笔繪圖的形式呈現。這些肖像畫藉數字來表達人物,畫中人只留下依稀可辨的輪廓。李氏故意略去具象的描畫,利用數位坐標來暗示人物的面部特徵。透過坐標應用,讓人反思虛實之間的關係:所見是否即所得?

社交媒體上的照片往往只能引來幾秒注意,然後便會消失於浩瀚的圖海之中。而鄒昊宏的肖像畫正正取材於Instagram上的匿名自拍照,這些多數讓人過目即忘的陌生自拍照被重新繪製成油畫,而油畫這傳統技法繪畫的作品卻往往經得起百年時光考驗。這些隨機選擇的「速食」照片或本應轉瞬即逝,藉著油彩蜕變成能夠世代相傳的作品。

李天倫於香港中文大學先後獲得藝術文學士(2003),及藝術碩士學位(2013)。他曾任職CG動畫概念設計師多年。李氏常藉解構創作主題,將其重塑為另一形式的實體,以此探索虛擬與現實世界之間的關係。

鄒昊宏在皇家墨爾本理工大學取得藝術系文學士(2008),其後於香港中文大學取得視覺文化研究碩士學位(2010)。鄒氏嘗試探討標題無聊、看似胡鬧的網上自拍照的角色:它們看似在講述生活故事片段,但縱深一想,又似乎沒有任何實質內容。

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I Wish That You Knew When I Said 2 Sugars, Actually I Meant 3
2017, oil on canvas, 152 x 122 cm

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Exhibition View

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