De Sarthe Artist Residency Features Hong Kong Artist Mark Chung
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A young Hong Kong artist is creating entirely new sculptural and installation artwork at de Sarthe, exploring the tensions and contradictions in Hong Kong society.
The fourth annual de Sarthe Artist Residency features Mark Chung, a young Hong Kong artist who is creating new artwork in the gallery, using it as his studio. The gallery is open for exhibition throughout Chung’s residency, allowing a glimpse into his creative process. He is working with multimedia and sculptural installation pieces, creating an immersive, disorienting, slightly disturbing experience that pushes the viewer to reflect on the conflicts and tensions that underlie Hong Kong.
The new piece will be an extension of his works “Sweet Light” (2019) and “Crippling Light” (2019), both of which were exhibited in Tai Kwun Contemporary, and explored how the superficially brilliant lights of Hong Kong—fireworks and neon signs—may be no more than a facade for conflict, pain and overwhelming despair.
Born in New Zealand and raised in Hong Kong, Chung graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2014. His works have been exhibited internationally, including in Iceland, Spain and Taipei. He was also the recipient of Soundpocket’s Supported Artist grant from 2015-16, and his work is included in the MoMA Library New York collection.
Chung’s work will continue to be exhibited in the gallery beyond the residency period.