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Cold Ears Factory | She Looks Blue
 

Art Projects Gallery is delighted to present “She Looks Blue”, a solo exhibition by Cold Ears Factory. Cold Ears Factory is a collaborative studio formed by Hong Kong artists Eastman Cheng and Joey Leung. Inspired by Chinese blue and white porcelain art that feature intricate floral patterns, this series of work creates a three-dimensional version of the “blue and white” motif, featuring fun and quirky sculptures that reflect nature, people and life, injected with the artists’ sense of humor and philosophical narratives.

Artist Statement
In traditional Chinese blue and white porcelain art, floral motifs in blue tones permanently glazed into ceramics wares portray a sense of everlasting elegance. However, imagine if a flower were to really turn blue, it must be feeling a little giddy, its legs or rather, stalk, may be turning a little soft, unable to stand upright. This playful thought inspired Cold Ears Factory to come up with their latest solo exhibition titled “She Looks Blue”.

Drawings inspiration from the forms and characteristics of various floral species and together with the artist duo’s fertile imaginations, Cold Ears Factory created a series of “blue and white” sculptures using a combination of medium that include fabrics in various hues of blue, handcrafted ceramics clay and other materials. In the exhibition, each sculpture is placed together against the particular flower species that had influenced the piece, revealing to the viewers the metaphorical connections that the artists had in mind and also allow the space for new meanings to be created in the viewers’ minds. Cold Ears Factory’s mixed media sculptures set the “blue and white” aesthetics in a refreshing new light, offering reinterpretations of the genre in a philosophical and contemporary context.

About Cold Ears Factory
“Cold Ears Factory” is Eastman Cheng and Joey Leung’s studio, established in October 2009. It is the “brand name” for their collaborative works. The exploration of new media for artistic expressions is important to Cold Ears Factory, and the artists try to use materials and medium that are outside of their usual individual practices.

About Artists
Eastman, CHENG Shuk-yee
Cheng Shuk Yee graduated with Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Bachelor of Arts from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. After 3 years of work as a product designer, Cheng began to like making “mountains and rivers” (a Chinese idiom for landscape). In 2008, she started the “Landscape Furniture” series, featuring useless furniture  “copy” made by the artist to resemble a landscape familiar to all. Since then, her major exhibitions on “Landscape Furniture” had included “Swimming Pool” (2009) and “Gymnasium” (2010). Cheng believes “objects” are traces of human activity. Through meditating objects designed by others, the artist transforms them according to her feelings and experiences into a peculiar human landscape.

Joey Leung Ka-yin
Graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, BA (Fine Arts), 2000 ; MFA,2007 ), Leung Ka Yin combines traditional Chinese painting and popular culture in her paintings. She explores the use of contemporary writing equipments to present the flavor of Chinese art, trying to push the boundary of different media. It’s also an attempt to introspect the reception and interpretation of traditional images in the age of information abundance. Stories in her artworks depict her feeling and fantasy towards modern life. Joey has been creating the series of “Photo mirror” since 2012. The juxtaposition of photo and drawing constructs a dialogue to let “observation” and “imagination” reflect each other.


藝途畫廊榮幸呈現「耳製涼房」的首度個展《面青花》。「耳製涼房」是由兩位香港藝術家,鄭淑宜和梁嘉賢,聯合組成的藝術工作室。此次展覽的創作靈感來源來自於中國青花瓷。受青花瓷精細花卉圖案的啓發,「耳製涼房」創作了一系列三維版本,以“藍與白”為主題的雕塑。這些雕塑,在反映自然、人和生活的同時,融合了藝術家的幽默感和哲學敘事,呈現了即有樂趣又具古怪的雕塑。

藝術家自述
傳統青花烙在陶瓷上,展示永恆的清雅。要是真實的花兒面色變青,或許她是有點暈眩,有點腳軟…恐怕無法好好站立起來。

「耳製涼房」以鮮花為起點加入想像,利用不同的藍色布料,配搭手繪陶土及現成物製成各種形態的「青花雕塑」,同時把它們轉化為青花圖案,與鮮花相片作對照,建構另一青花的意義。

有關「耳製涼房」
「耳製涼房」於2009年10月成立,是耳屎人(Eastman)和涼瓜(梁嘉賢)用來創製作品的小房間,亦是兩位成員共同創作的單位名稱。二人嘗試利用自己非慣常使用的物料創作,把日常未能實行的奇想和創作慾,以輕鬆手法呈現 。

有關藝術家
鄭淑宜
鄭淑宜畢業於香港中文大學藝術系學士和碩士畢業。三年的產品設計師經驗後開始喜歡整山造水。2000年創作至今巳參與近40多個展覽,自2008年起創作風景傢俬系列,以自己倣製的「無用」傢俬組合成大家熟悉的風景,主要有2009年「游泳池」和2010年「健身室」兩個展覽。她相信物品是人們活動的痕跡,以別人設計的物品,經創作者的情感和經歷轉化成為異樣人文風景。

梁嘉賢
梁嘉賢畢業於香港中文大學藝術系(2000文學士(藝術),2007藝術創作碩士),其繪畫創作結合中國傳統繪畫及流行文化元素,利用不同工具呈現中國畫氣氛,模糊差異間的界限,思考傳統影像在當代媒體傳承與混雜下的接收與詮釋,作品描寫現代生活中的個人感知與幻想。2012年起同步開展「照片鏡」系列,將攝影與繪畫並行創作,嘗試建立兩者之間的對話,讓「觀看」與「想像」互相映照。

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