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LET THE NIGHT BREEZE SEND AWAY YESTERDAY'S DREAMS

2017.6.24-2017.8.14

STATEMENT


When re-watching past advertisements on the Internet, I always find the narratives of “good things” are constructed in very delicate and thoughtful ways. It makes me speculate that people in the past had strong will and passion for the yet to come future, so they were able to spend so much effort to describe the good things they wished for with the advertising production.
One of those images that especially attracts me, and stays in my head, is the long black hair in the shampoo advertisements. In order to represent the soft sensation, the advertisements were set up with a different kind of stage, color, music, and tender hand gestures compared to what is seen nowadays. Somehow the shampoo advertisements from the past make me have a feeling like watching the ocean - like the hair is blowing by the sea breeze and flows gently. The hair shine moves like waves. The black color has a sense of subtleness; its reflection like moonlight in darkness. The brisk background music sounds like the tide and I feel like I can nearly smell the ocean. And then, after watching the advertisements, the beautiful plots play out in reality. It seems to make people believe that they can have such nice and glistening hair and they hold onto this good wish.

 

Through the work series Let the night breeze send away yesterday’s dreams, I use different medias: include painting, installation, videos, digital printing and light to set and create the sensation and charm of the long black hair in my mind.



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 Let the night breeze send away yesterday’s dreams, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China
2016 Unsettled Heart, MFA Graduation Show, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2015 Unreachable, MFA Year One Show, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2015 In Stasis, Art Basel Hong Kong, presented by Para Site, Hong Kong
2013 Spotting the Light onto a Light, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2013 Art Taipei, presented by Gallery EXIT, Taipei, Taiwan
2011 Safety Island, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2010 ART HK 10, presented by Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2009 owards The Sea, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2008 Bloom, Stage 1, Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Interval in Space, Osage, Hong Kong
2017 Against the Light: Sampling in Two Cities, You Space, FY Foundation, Shenzhen, China
2017 One’s Body, One Body, Neptune, Hong Kong
2017 Tale of the Wonderland, , Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
2017 Interval in Space, Fundazuin NAIRS, Scuol, Switerzland
2017 From Ocean to Horizon, Centre of Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK
2017 Chen Pai’an, Huang Shan, Lai Zhijie, Lai Cheuk Wah, Wen Junjie, Canton Gallery, Guangzhou, China
2017 Before the Rain, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia
2016 Inception, The Fifth Art Sanya, Sanya, China
2016 Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
2016 Connect 4, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
2015 The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition, K11 Art Mall, Hong Kong
2015 I submit to the wisdom of the body, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines
2015 Clamour Can Melt Gold, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
2015 First, Then and after, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2015 after/image, Studio 52, Pure Art Foundation, Hong Kong
2015 The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
2014 RADIANCE: Sarah Lai & Sébastien Mahon, The Pulse, presented by Mur Nomade, Hong Kong
2013 Art Basel Hong Kong, presented by Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2012 Philosopher’s (knock-off) Stone: Turning Gold into Plastic, Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
2012 Painting On and On: 2. Automatic Banana, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2012 Why Do Trees Grow Till the End?,?Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong 
2012 ARTHK12, presented by Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2011 After Agnes, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2011 Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair HK 2011, Mandarin Oriental, presented by Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2011 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition, The Rotunda, Hong Kong
2011 Fotanian Open Studios 2011, Fotan, Hong Kong
2010 Liu Chun Kwong. You Are Here, I Am Not. From Ho Siu Kee to Kong Chun Hei, Osage Kwun Tong,?Hong Kong
2010 Walking to Canton, Fei Gallery, Guangzhou
2010 Walking to Canton, Hong Kong Fringe Club, Hong Kong
2010 Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair HK 2010, Grand Hyatt, presented by Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2010 Fotanian Open Studios 2010, Fotan, Hong Kong
2009 art-at-all: Spring Art Sale, art-at-all, Victoria Park, Hong Kong
2009 Fotanian Open Studios 2009, Fotan, Hong Kong
2009  When I draw, I think of..., Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2008 Fotanian Open Studios?2008, Fo Tan, Hong Kong
2008 Tightrope,Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong
2008 Landscapes Desire, MOST Alternative Space, Hong Kong
2008 Reflection, Revelation: New Works by Flora Fok & Sarah Lai, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong
2007 Copied Right, Para Site, Hong Kong
2007 Re-Development, OC Gallery, Hong Kong
2007  Merry-Go-Around Graduation Exhibition, Art Museum,?The Chinese University of Hong Kong


RESIDENCIES

2017 Fundazuin NAIRS, Scuol, Switerzland
2012 Vermont Studio Centre, USA


AWARDS & GRANTS

2013Travel Grant (France), Mur Nomade, Hong Kong
2011 Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship Award, USA
2010 Finalist of Sovereign Asian Art Prize
2007 Ramon Woon Creative Prize, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2007 Grotto Fine Art’s Creative Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2007 Cheng’s Fine Arts Award In Western Painting, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


COLLECTION


Hong Kong Museum of Art

LET THE NIGHT BREEZE SEND AWAY YESTERDAY'S DREAMS

2017.6.24-2017.8.14

STATEMENT


When re-watching past advertisements on the Internet, I always find the narratives of “good things” are constructed in very delicate and thoughtful ways. It makes me speculate that people in the past had strong will and passion for the yet to come future, so they were able to spend so much effort to describe the good things they wished for with the advertising production.
One of those images that especially attracts me, and stays in my head, is the long black hair in the shampoo advertisements. In order to represent the soft sensation, the advertisements were set up with a different kind of stage, color, music, and tender hand gestures compared to what is seen nowadays. Somehow the shampoo advertisements from the past make me have a feeling like watching the ocean - like the hair is blowing by the sea breeze and flows gently. The hair shine moves like waves. The black color has a sense of subtleness; its reflection like moonlight in darkness. The brisk background music sounds like the tide and I feel like I can nearly smell the ocean. And then, after watching the advertisements, the beautiful plots play out in reality. It seems to make people believe that they can have such nice and glistening hair and they hold onto this good wish.

 

Through the work series Let the night breeze send away yesterday’s dreams, I use different medias: include painting, installation, videos, digital printing and light to set and create the sensation and charm of the long black hair in my mind.



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 Let the night breeze send away yesterday’s dreams, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China
2016 Unsettled Heart, MFA Graduation Show, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2015 Unreachable, MFA Year One Show, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2015 In Stasis, Art Basel Hong Kong, presented by Para Site, Hong Kong
2013 Spotting the Light onto a Light, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2013 Art Taipei, presented by Gallery EXIT, Taipei, Taiwan
2011 Safety Island, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2010 ART HK 10, presented by Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2009 owards The Sea, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2008 Bloom, Stage 1, Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Interval in Space, Osage, Hong Kong
2017 Against the Light: Sampling in Two Cities, You Space, FY Foundation, Shenzhen, China
2017 One’s Body, One Body, Neptune, Hong Kong
2017 Tale of the Wonderland, , Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
2017 Interval in Space, Fundazuin NAIRS, Scuol, Switerzland
2017 From Ocean to Horizon, Centre of Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK
2017 Chen Pai’an, Huang Shan, Lai Zhijie, Lai Cheuk Wah, Wen Junjie, Canton Gallery, Guangzhou, China
2017 Before the Rain, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia
2016 Inception, The Fifth Art Sanya, Sanya, China
2016 Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong
2016 Connect 4, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
2015 The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition, K11 Art Mall, Hong Kong
2015 I submit to the wisdom of the body, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines
2015 Clamour Can Melt Gold, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
2015 First, Then and after, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2015 after/image, Studio 52, Pure Art Foundation, Hong Kong
2015 The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
2014 RADIANCE: Sarah Lai & Sébastien Mahon, The Pulse, presented by Mur Nomade, Hong Kong
2013 Art Basel Hong Kong, presented by Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2012 Philosopher’s (knock-off) Stone: Turning Gold into Plastic, Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
2012 Painting On and On: 2. Automatic Banana, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2012 Why Do Trees Grow Till the End?,?Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong 
2012 ARTHK12, presented by Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2011 After Agnes, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2011 Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair HK 2011, Mandarin Oriental, presented by Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2011 Sovereign Asian Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition, The Rotunda, Hong Kong
2011 Fotanian Open Studios 2011, Fotan, Hong Kong
2010 Liu Chun Kwong. You Are Here, I Am Not. From Ho Siu Kee to Kong Chun Hei, Osage Kwun Tong,?Hong Kong
2010 Walking to Canton, Fei Gallery, Guangzhou
2010 Walking to Canton, Hong Kong Fringe Club, Hong Kong
2010 Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair HK 2010, Grand Hyatt, presented by Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2010 Fotanian Open Studios 2010, Fotan, Hong Kong
2009 art-at-all: Spring Art Sale, art-at-all, Victoria Park, Hong Kong
2009 Fotanian Open Studios 2009, Fotan, Hong Kong
2009  When I draw, I think of..., Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2008 Fotanian Open Studios?2008, Fo Tan, Hong Kong
2008 Tightrope,Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong
2008 Landscapes Desire, MOST Alternative Space, Hong Kong
2008 Reflection, Revelation: New Works by Flora Fok & Sarah Lai, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong
2007 Copied Right, Para Site, Hong Kong
2007 Re-Development, OC Gallery, Hong Kong
2007  Merry-Go-Around Graduation Exhibition, Art Museum,?The Chinese University of Hong Kong


RESIDENCIES

2017 Fundazuin NAIRS, Scuol, Switerzland
2012 Vermont Studio Centre, USA


AWARDS & GRANTS

2013Travel Grant (France), Mur Nomade, Hong Kong
2011 Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship Award, USA
2010 Finalist of Sovereign Asian Art Prize
2007 Ramon Woon Creative Prize, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2007 Grotto Fine Art’s Creative Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2007 Cheng’s Fine Arts Award In Western Painting, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


COLLECTION


Hong Kong Museum of Art

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