Art Projects Gallery is delighted to present Hong Kong artist, Damon Tong’s solo exhibition titled “drinktea”. “drinktea” serves as a personal record of Tong that is also a long-time username of the artist.
Tong’s works, using the unconventional medium of custom-made stickers, are visually striking not only by the liberal use colours, but also by the simple cryptic messages they carry. Tong’s original inspiration of using the stickers came from the “Made in China” stickers that mark the manufactured goods coming out of China’s booming factories.
The artist’s works can be appreciated at two levels - first from large eye-catching messages so reflective of Hong Kong’s cityscape of neon signage, billboards, pamphlets, flyers, that are contributing to the hectic pace and information overload of the everyday life and second, the often humorous and ironical fine prints on the very stickers that compose the artworks. The paradox and tensions as a result of the witty juxtaposition of the texts stimulate deeper reflections about Tong’s works.
Tong deliberately uses common phrases from his daily life in Hong Kong that are so deeply ingrained into the social psyche to the point of being clichés. This focus on repetition and the mundane is an important aspect of Tong’s practice, for the artist, this is where the common becomes anonymous. The duality of the messages in Tong’s works reflect the complexity of the issues faced by the people of Hong Kong, including the city’s identity, culture and values.
Born in Hong Kong in 1979, Damon Tong received his Bachelor of Art degree in Fine Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (co-presented with the Hong Kong Art School) in 2008 and his Master of Visual Arts from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013. He is also a member of Rental United, an artist trio established in 2009, which is known for their participatory practices.
偉傑的作品用上大量訂製貼紙這非主流的創作媒界 。密密麻麻的貼紙，視覺上著實引人注目，不單因其運用色彩的強烈，亦因它附帶的隱密訊息。唐氏採用貼紙的靈感源於中國蓬勃發展的製造業所影響， 在日常生活中，隨處可見中國製造成品都貼上“made in china”（中國製造）的貼紙。