Eniminiminimos: Artists who make things small
Think Big? Size Matters?
Artists from Eniminiminimos: Artists Who Make Things Small, beg to differ. This group exhibition explores the notion of ‘small size’ in contemporary art, and features a dozen ways that small is big. 12 international artists from Singapore, Hong Kong and various cities in the United Kingdom come together to exhibit their contemporary miniature artworks in Studio Bibliothèque, Hong Kong, on 12, 13, 19 and 20 Jan 2008.
There seems to be a global “size fetish” that regards everything big as necessarily good and right. This exhibition will show that making, using and being small have important implications in art and life. It will get us to reconsider issues of craftmanship, relationship, memory, technology, the individual in the social world, the missions of artists and the mass media, insanity and disasters.
Curated by artist Michael Lee Hong Hwee, the exhibition showcases a wide range of approaches in exploring miniatures in contemporary art: drawing (Cornelia Erdmann’s prints of furniture on slides); painting (Debbie Hill’s portraits of stars painted on chewing gum, Chow Chun Fai’s animated replica of a segment from the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs); printmaking (Tang Kwok Hin’s found prints of lone figures on beer cans); photography (cutouts of Michael Lee lazing around); book (Chihoi’s mini sketchbook made from a piece of printing paper); architectural model (e.g., Li Loi-Yau’s miniature sports shop; Chun Kai Feng’s model which features a three-dimensional version of van Gogh’s bedroom, and Suki Chan’s floor installation of tiny houses); toy figurines (Esther’s miniature masterpieces from art history); sound art (Sin:Ned’s compilation of one-minute “schizophrenic” sounds); and animation (Justin Wong’s clips depicting giants and little people).
This exhibition is the second installment of the Things Artists Do exhibition series. It is also part of Fotanian: Fotan Artists Open Studios 2008, which runs during the same period.
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Chow Chun Fai
Repainting Infernal Affairs (video still #37)
Digital video, 3 min, 2007
Chun Kai Feng
Blanket and Crib
Mixed media, 65 x 55 x 50 cm, 2006
Drawings on slides, Variable dimensions, 2005-2007
Acrylic on chewing gum, 3 x 3 cm, 2007
Esther Yip Lai Man
Tang Kwok Hin
For My Son: The Sports Shop
Mixed media, 22.7 x 40 x 29.5 cm, 2001
Michael Lee Hong Hwee
Skive: A Worker’s Guide
Photographic installation, Variable dimensions,2005-2007
In Silence (installation view)
Vinyl & balsa wood, Variable dimensions, 2005
60 seconds: A Schizophrenic Manual for Eternity (CD album cover)
18 x 60-sec audio clips, 2006