Artists' impression of a sawmill, Wong Hau-kwei's exhibition & in the studio: Jing Wong
In the 1950s and 1960s, Hong Kong was known around the world for making and exporting textile, plastic, clothing, and even wood products. In terms of wood crafts, local factories and artisans specialised in, among other things, shipbuilding, furniture production, and woodworking. That began to change from the 1970s, as more and more manufacturing relocated to the Pearl River Delta. Now, one of the few remaining woodwork factories in Hong Kong faces closure.
Wong Hau-kwei’s paintings combine traditional Chinese ink and wash techniques, with modern aesthetics and forms. “Never abandon tradition,” he has said, “and never give up reforming.” Wong, who moved to Hong Kong in 1978, draws inspiration from a wide variety of subjects and scenery, but he also finds plenty of inspiration in Hong Kong’s own environment, both urban and natural. On show at Artspace K the solo exhibition “Serenity Hong Kong” features 23 of his works.
Singer-songwriter and theatre practitioner Jing Wong last came to the show in 2015 to tell us about his then new EP, “How to Disappear”. At that point he was turning away from his earlier folk-rock music style to what he called, “book rock”, a rawer and more powerful way of using the guitar. Seven years later, he’s here with us again.