Acclaimed Hong Kong artist Joseph Chan is holding his second solo exhibition “Horizon” at the Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery, on view from now until 17 April 2021. The exhibition mainly focuses on his kinetic artworks created in 2020.
For many years, Chan has created kinetic things (machines), from crawling robots to special-effect machines and kinetic artworks. “Machines” are sometimes toys, sometimes tools, and sometimes artworks. This paradigm of “machine is being something” often leads many of us to focus unconsciously on “being what.” When we look at a machine, rather than focusing on the machine itself, we tend to search for its “purpose”, “usage” or “subject matter”, without seeing its very existence.
In this exhibition, Chan encourages visitors “to see” by setting up a “bird-watching deck,” not only as an exhibiting platform but also as a natural way to enable them to step back and view his works with a bird-watching attitude. “Birds are flapping their wings, and they exist here and now,” says Chan. Perhaps the key is not "what" but "how", the "to-see" from the "bird-watching deck" is in fact a “Horizon” of another world.
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