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Kurt Tong 'Echoed Visions'    Feb 25 - Mar 29, 2014

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Identity Art Gallery presents:

Kurt Tong 'Echoed Visions'

25 February 2014- 29 March 2014

Opening Reception: Tuesday, 25 Feburary 2014 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Hong Kong, 23 January 2014: In the last 10 years, photography has gone through the most radical changes in its short history. It's the beginning of the sharp decline in Analogue photography and the explosion of Digital. The average person takes 4 times as many photos as they did 10 years ago and 10% of all photographs were taken in the past 12 months. Exceptional images can be easily created with a simple click of a Smartphone. The image can be reproduced instantly and seen all over the world? Does the overload of images change they way we perceive and view the world around us or indeed how we view the object of a photograph itself? And where does it leave photography within the art world.

As a visual artist who has worked almost exclusively with photography for 10 years, Kurt Tong’s career has developed alongside this radicle change in photography. The originality of the idea, the execution and the boundaries of the very medium of photography are something he ponders constantly.

What constitutes photography and what constitutes art? Pushing and questioning photography’s boundaries, Tong attempts to answer these questions through recontextualizing photographs, photographic ideas and reconceptualising the very notion of photography as ‘drawing with light’.

Inspired by his surroundings and personal experience, Tong has created a very diverse series of mixed media pieces, from resin to neon light; from NASA images to family photos. On one hand, the exhibition explores photography as an art medium. On the other hand, with some of the pieces consciously appropriated from well known artists, whilst others loosely influenced by works that have inspired him over the years; it further questions, just as photography is reproducible, if art is often just Echoed Visions.

Tong graduated at the London College of Communications (LCC) with a master in documentary photography in 2006, and soon established himself as a rising star in the world of art photography. His reputation continues to grow as he scoops up further recognition from various awards and organizations, including the European Publisher’s Awards, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward and Jerwood Photography Award.

Tong’s photographs are widely published and exhibited around the world in renowned galleries and museums. These include Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark; Identity Art Gallery, Hong Kong; Victoria Gallery and Museum in Liverpool, UK; Compton Verney Art Museum, UK; Museum of Modern Art, Tbilisi, Georgia; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA. Tong is currently based in Hong Kong, having relocated from his previous base in London in 2012.

Kurt Tong’s Website

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