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HK EDITION | Updated: 2020-10-29 10:54
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Hilarie Hon, Sunlight Murmur, 2020, acrylic and oil on canvas, 75x100cm [Photo provided to China Daily]

Local artist Hilarie Hon brings her painterly gaze to Gallery Exit.

Local artist Hilarie Hon invokes bold colors and comical imagery to create a night marish, surreal world. Her canvases depict fleeting moments tantamount to watching a film in a cinema – a tree about to fall, a man walking in heavy rain, fireworks. She deploys notions of gazing and painting as a visual art device and a metaphor. All of this is readily apparent in her latest exhibition,Yesterday Brightness.

The site-specific work Tree in Kowloon Park explores the nature and functions of windows through a juxtaposition between the actual space and the painted space. The work consists of a three-panel painting of a large bare tree, with a curtain in front of it that can be drawn open or closed.

With form and function comparable to an actual window,Indoor is a painting with foldable wooden panels, which allows the painted scenes to be seen or hidden from view. It's a triptych when opened and an installation object when closed, thereby transforming between 2D and 3D forms.

Sparkly Waters, Blurry Eyes is a four-metre long work comprising 11 panels with different scenes, sizes and perspectives, all loosely connected with each other on a grid. Many of the paintedscenes look near-identical to Hon's previous paintings, such as the centrepiece of the sunset, another panel depicting birds flying in the darkening sky, and a scene of human figures drifting in boats. The work is a response to her 2018 series The Daily Disappearance of the Sun.

The human figures in Hon's work have no strong identity, and co-exist both inside and outside the painted panels, reinforcing a sense of alienation and spatial ambiguity. Discover Hon's transformative world at Yesterday Brightness, showing until November 28.

Gallery Exit, 3/F, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen;


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