My Space, Wong Kai Kin / David Smith

My Space, Wong Kai Kin / David Smith

show flat no.11 by wong kai kin

Wong Kai Kin

Show Flat no.11, 2012

show flat no.10 by wong kai kin

Wong Kai Kin

Show Flat no.10, 2012

show flat no.9 by wong kai kin

Wong Kai Kin

Show Flat no.9, 2012

beach-islands-dusk by david smith

David Smith

Beach-Islands-Dusk

4wd-desert-evening by david smith

David Smith

4WD-desert-evening, 2012

Thursday, February 7, 2013Friday, March 1, 2013


Hong Kong, China

Amelia Johnson Contemporary presents My Space, an exhibition featuring two Hong Kong artists, Wong Kai Kin and David Smith.

Working generally in small-scale, the work of both Wong and Smith is figurative but otherwise wholly divergent in context and treatment. Wong uses the compact canvas to focus on tightly constructed interior views. Smith explores vast sweeping landscapes and cityscapes; but the modest dimensions of his work reflect a deliberate attempt to engage with the polarity of depicting open and elusive spaces intimately. Despite their differing subjects, both artists succeed in evoking particular spaces while simultaneously disarming and dislocating the viewer.

Wong’s paintings examine domestic interiors. The particular interiors are views of show flats; his images borrowed from black and white newspaper illustrations of architects computer drawings. The artist’s coolly appropriated images evoke a sense of sterility and even isolation. Yet, these images are not perfectly rendered copies of a digital image and there is a painterly quality to the work that endows the work with emotion.

The work presents the viewer with a proposition, but simultaneously refuses to provide conclusions.

In contrast to Wong’s work, David Smith employs washes and the chemical qualities of oil to produce vast sweeping vistas that unsettle but involve us. In his cityscapes, the identity of the city is marked by an interplay between man made elements like buildings, tankers, bridges and changeable environmental conditions like weather and light. In his landscapes, an emphatic contrast is created between the respectful sincerity engendered by big nature and the insignificance of man-made elements. Certainly each image triggers the sublime, but the artist’s composition and deployment of paint also calls to mind atmospheric pollution or a post apocalyptic haze.

The work of both Wong and Smith concerns the space we occupy and has the capacity to evoke an uncompromising consideration of our existence within it.