致珍妮:深水埗的璀璨生活
Dear Jenny: my gorgeous life in
Sham Shui Po

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    展覽 Exhibition:

    二零一五年七月三十一日 至 八月九日,「買不起,送給你!」展覽, 賽馬會創意藝術中心,香港

    31 July – 9 August 2015, ‘Affordable Art Basel!’ Exhibition, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong

     

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    我與珍妮素未謀面,但被派至「滿足」她的「欲望」— 擁於一組於香港藝術巴塞爾2014展出,由Manjunath Kamath所繪的畫作。她說,她喜歡作品「創意演繹生活中的微細事物」,「意念有趣、獨特」。

    藝術巴塞爾中的創意富麗堂皇,神聖不可侵犯;我希望將珍妮的「欲望」,轉移至近在咫尺,由「尋常百姓」注入日常生活中的創意。為此,我於一直長居的深水埗遛達,發掘區內微細事物的創意。

    我慢步於常常經過的橫街窄巷,發現平日未有留意的趣味:出奇不意的裝飾,足智多謀的空間運用,獨樹一格的語句,精彩絕倫的造型。我為這些新奇發現拍照,將相片放至於深水埗地攤、夜冷和二手店買的相架中。每個相架背後,都寫有一段關於該相片的文字:其有趣之處、拍攝照片時的情境,或只是一段相關的記憶。這二十多個相架密密麻麻的放在桌上,有如極度擠擁的深水埗和香港。

    這件作品,是我身為藝術家和(幻想中的)珍妮身為觀眾之間的親密聯繫。這件作品不但獻給珍妮,亦同時獻予深水埗。

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    I was asked to create a work to ‘fulfil the desire’ of Jenny Fu with whom I had never contacted.  Her ‘desire’ is to own a set of paintings by Manjunath Kamath shown in Art Basel Hong Kong 2014, of which she liked the ‘creative interpretation of some small stuff in life’ and ‘very funny and unique ideas’.

    In contrast to the extravagant and sacred creativity demonstrated in Art Basel, I would like to divert Jenny’s ‘desire’ to the everyday creativity by ‘laymen’ that is ubiquitous in my (our) habitat.  I took it as an opportunity to gaze into Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong that I have lived fro my whole life to search for everyday creativity.

    I strolled down the streets and alleys I have already been too used to, and have found new little wonders unnoticed before: the unexpected decorations, the clever use of public space, the unique play of words, the incredible styles and others.  I took a picture for these new discoveries, and put them into frames bought in night markets and second hand shops in Sham Shui Po.  The back of each frame writes a small piece of text about the discovery: the specialness about the discovery, the circumstance of taking the picture, or simply a related memory.  The some twenty frames stand crowdedly on a small table – like the extreme crowdedness of Sham Shui Po and Hong Kong.

    The work is an intimate connection between me as an artist and Jenny as an (imaginary) audience.  It is dedicated to both Jenny and my beloved district.

     

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    給珍妮的信 a letter to Jenny (文字版本 Text version)

     

    「買不起,送給你!」藝術展 | ‘Affordable Art Basel!’ Exhibition