Dirt: A Joint Exhibition of Liam Magee and Phil Thompson
Opening Reception and Artists-Sharing: 11 December 2017, 6:30-8:00pm
Exhibition: 11 December 2017, 10:00am-9:00pm
Venue: Academy of Visual Arts Gallery, Hong Kong Baptist University,
51 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon
“Dirt is essentially disorder. There is no such thing as absolute dirt: it exists in the eye of the beholder. If we shun dirt, it is not because of craven fear, still less dread of holy terror. Nor do our ideas about disease account for our range of behaviour in cleaning or avoiding dirt. Dirt offends against order. Eliminating it is not a negative movement, but a positive effort to organize the environment.”
Mary Douglas – Purity & Danger
In this exhibition, Liam Magee continued to reflect upon his enquiry into objects and representation, and the dialogue between object and image. His latest works, Fruit Money and Object Studies, created during the two-month residency, reflects upon the fluidity of value placed on an object and explores how a photograph can question objecthood and re-assert an object’s presence. Phil Thompson’s work in Hong Kong has focused on how the area has become a hotspot for electronic waste after China tightened controls over the importation of waste over the past few years. His work addresses the moments where technology is taken outside of the system of use, broken down and reevaluated, becoming either raw materials once again, or entering the ground as toxic waste.
This programme is sponsored by Mrs. So Chau Yim Ping.
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