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Odds and Ends / Evergreen

Hong Kong – Odds and Ends is pleased to present Evergreen, a group exhibition showcasing new works by four Hong Kong female artists; Blair Lam Hiu Suet, Chong Hiu Wing, Heidi Ling Wai Shan, and Ivy Ho Man Kei. The exhibition marks the re-opening of the gallery in its new location, and will be on view from 18th March to 13th April 2024, with an opening reception on Monday 18th March from 5-8pm. Artists will be present.


Evergreen brings together four recent graduates of Hong Kong Baptist University whose practices alchemise natural elements into painting forms. Their paintings while varying in styles and techniques, all attempt to capture the ephemerality of human emotions through conceptualisation and abstraction of nature. Each artist cultivates a sensibility to the inherent qualities of nature, examining the constant flux in relationships between nature and the sociological contexts they exist in.


Heidi Ling Wai Shan, Within 在內, 2024, Oil on canvas, Acrylic box, 75.5 x 61.5 x 3cm, framed 69.5 x 83.5 x 4cm
Heidi Ling Wai Shan, Within 在內, 2024, Oil on canvas, Acrylic box, 75.5 x 61.5 x 3cm, framed 69.5 x 83.5 x 4cm

Heidi Ling Wai Shan’s practice is preoccupied with the conceptual dissection of societal nature relations, depicting highly symbolic objects and figures in surrealistic manner. Her paintings Outer 在外 , 2024 and Within 在內 , 2024 explore the philosophical and social perception of autonomy through the metaphorical relationship between a fish and a fish tank, asserting that the view we hold of the natural world profoundly shapes the image we develop of the social worlds. Ling’s practice explores anew the way contemporary art conceptualises nature from the multiplicity, duality and cultural diversity of metaphors.


Chong Hiu Wing, Tender Whispers 冰冷的溫柔, 2024, Acrylic on canvas, 82 x 100 cm
Chong Hiu Wing, Tender Whispers 冰冷的溫柔, 2024, Acrylic on canvas, 82 x 100 cm

Chong Hiu Wing’s interest in nature lies in its transient and emotive qualities. Her recent paintings such as Tender Whispers 冰冷的溫柔, 2024 draw inspirations from her Winter travels, reducing vast snow-filled landscapes into

soft fields of pastel. The minimalization of landscape in Chong’s paintings serves to highlight the emotional construction of nature, amplifying its sublime quality and its capacity for emotional evocation. The process of which culminates in highly romantic interpretations of landscapes that serve as the conduit between the tangible and the abstract, the familiar and the enigmatic.


Blair Lam Hiu Suet, Cyclops, 2024, Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Blair Lam Hiu Suet, Cyclops, 2024, Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

Encapsulating the essence of organic abstraction, Blair Lam Hiu Suet’s recent paintings derive inspiration from the fluid and organic structures of nature. Her highly abstract paintings adopt microscopic modes of visual representation and reconfigures mimetic convention of the natural environment. Emphasising the materiality of paint, her recent works such as Cyclops, 2024 exemplify the metabolic process of transforming observed environments into an aesthetic experience through the abstraction of organic forms. Adopting a medium-froward painting practice, Lam’s exploration of abstract forms of nature result in a body of works that are highly rhythmic and electric.


Ivy Ho Man Kei, The Fleeting Star 一瞬即逝的星星, 2023, Oil on canvas, 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Ivy Ho Man Kei, The Fleeting Star 一瞬即逝的星星, 2023, Oil on canvas, 30.5 x 30.5 cm

Exploring our childlike fascination with astronomy, Ivy Ho Man Kei’s new works merge the observed and imagined wonders of outer space. One of Ho’s major artistic interests lies in creating extraordinary experience from the ordinary, much of which is achieved through keen observations of mundane everyday activities. Bringing attention to the meditative qualities of star gazing, Ho’s new works such as The Fleeting Star 一瞬即逝的星星, 2023 are presented with the naïve sentimentality of children’s illustration, conveying a common sense of fantastical

optimism that is collectively shared by children and adults alike.


Exhibition detailsDates:

18th March – 13th April 2024


Odds and Ends
Address:

Rm 703, 7/F, 111 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12 - 7pm (Closed on public holidays)


Opening receptionDate:

18th March 2024 (Monday) Time: 5 - 8 pm


Blair Lam Hiu Suet


Blair Lam Hiu Suet is an artist from Hong Kong, she graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2023. Lam sees the process of painting as an open-ended dialogue between the canvas and herself, which is intuitive in nature. She sees mystery in the inconspicuous, which she attempts to unpuzzle through painting. Fusing the energy of the unspoken into the fluidity of brushwork, her recent practice has departed from subjective representation and is currently rooted in the detachment of formal representation. Bringing figuration to abstraction, her works exist within the ambiguity that lies in in the materiality of the medium.


Chong Hiu Wing


Chong Hiu Wing is an artist from Hong Kong, she graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2023. Chong draws inspiration from daily life, philosophy, literature, and nature in her poetic abstract paintings. Her paintings, prints, photographs, and installations reflect personal emotional memories and experiences. Her works are perceptive reflections of lived moments that dance between presence and absence of reality.


Heidi Ling Wai Shan


Heidi Ling Wai Shan is an artist from Hong Kong, she graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2023. Ling’s practice focuses on contemporary social issues, exploring complex relationships between humans, nature, culture, and interactions between the body and the city. Her works are highly symbolic and metaphorical. To Ling, painting is a profound way of metabolising thoughts and ideas. Her expansive practice combines oil painting, installation, sculpture, and other media in forms of artistic expression.


Ivy Ho Man Kei


Ivy Ho Man Kei is an artist from Hong Kong, she graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2023. Ho is interested in the recollection and documentation of the subconscious as experienced through every day mundane activities, often resulting in artistic celebrations of the extraordinary through lived experience of the ordinary. Inspired by the naive forms of children's drawings, her work transforms a fragmented visual lexicon into dream-like spaces for audiences to dwell in.


About Odds and Ends


Established in 2022, Odds and Ends is a contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong that showcases local and international emerging artists, with a focus on Asian diasporic artists. The mission of the gallery is to nurture new talents through a rigorous exhibition program and promote cross-disciplinary collaborations. Odds and Ends strives to serve emerging artists in Hong Kong and beyond by building a curatorial programme that emphasises context, storytelling, and representation.

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