The Longest Ride
Summer is the time to catch university fine arts graduation exhibitions and visit smaller galleries that promote the work of younger artists.
G16 is a modest space that regularly showcases younger graduates and artists whose studios are located in the Fo Tan industrial area. Its latest exhibition, 'The Longest Ride', is the debut solo show by Sindy Wong, featuring finely executed acrylic paintings complemented by music by Japanese musician Hekiro Kusano from the band Ozasiki.
The exhibition feels contemplative despite the straight, albeit elegant, depiction of buildings, roads, railway carriages and electricity pylons. The solidity and physicality of the subjects, however, appears wafer-thin as the underlying tension in these landscapes is as if each were the scene of a crime awaiting forensic investigation or an event whose features are nostalgically kept timeless in a photograph album.
The Second Part of the Way I Returned Home are a series of six small paintings on canvas-board depicting glimpses of streetscapes and houses seen from a window in the Japanese city of Osaka. The parting of a curtain, the glimpse of an outside world, the distant but close view, the unseen viewer: are we of the scene, participants in the same rooms, the same viewpoints? Or just in a gallery?
The painful, implied intimacy and drama that undoubtedly happened in these unseen rooms successfully stretches from the tight confines of each painting out into the gallery. Kusano's music - composed specially for this show - reinforces the wistfulness of youth and a sequencing of piano chords is counterpointed by the summer frenzy sampling of noisy cicadas, tropical rain, echoes in a stand of trees and bird calls.
The artist demurely explains that 'sometimes you feel you are on the same track with certain people, whom you can wander with, even at a different pace'. However, 'the greatest sadness is that these moments linger in their own beauty - while slowly, over time, become disconnected, dimmer and expiring'.
Wong, who graduated with a fine arts degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008, joins a small group of artists such as Elise Lai and Wong Kai-kin, whose works are strongly representational and delicately reveal their own lives through the depiction of interior and exterior landscapes.
Unit 16, G/F Block A, Wah Luen Industrial Centre, 15 Wong Chuk Yuen Road, Fo Tan. Fri to Sun, 2pm-7pm. Ends Sept 25