Tuesday, January 01, 2008

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Press Release
For immediate release
Hong Kong, 2 Jan 2008

Eniminiminimos: Artists who make things small

Studio Bibliothèque

12, 13, 19 & 20 Jan 2008

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.

Chihoi (Hong Kong), Chow Chun Fai (Hong Kong), Chun Kai Feng (Singapore), Cornelia Erdmann (Hong Kong / Berlin), Debbie Hill (Huddersfield), Esther Yip Lai Man (Hong Kong), Justin Wong (Hong Kong), Li Loi-Yau (Hong Kong), Michael Lee Hong Hwee (Hong Kong / Singapore), Sin:Ned (Hong Kong), Suki Chan (London / Manchester), and Tang Kwok Hin (Hong Kong)

Michael Lee Hong Hwee

12, 13, 19 & 20 Jan 2008
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm daily

Studio Bibliothèque
Room 1812, Block B, Wah Luen Industrial Centre
15-21 Wong Chuk Yeung Steet, FoTan
New Territories, Hong Kong

Amethyst CHAU at (+852) 60717428 or tabby_miumiu@yahoo.com.hk


About Studio BibliothèqueStudio
Bibliothèque facilitates experiments in making, writing, curating and learning. It is the Hong Kong-based working and living space of Singapore-born artist Michael Lee Hong Hwee. The studio has been featured in the media including in the regional lifestyle and design magazine iSh.

About Things Artists Do series
Things Artists Do is an exhibition-cum-publication series of Studio Bibliothèque. It aims to address the gap amidst the onslaught of survey, thematic art shows and books by focusing on the being, consumption and activities of artists. The inaugural installment in the series, Autobiobliophiles: Artists who make or use books, in May/June 2007, explored the notion of identity in the production and consumption of the book form in the context of contemporary art. It featured 28 international artists including Tom Phillips, Jenny Holzer, Heman Chong, Map Office and Tozer Pak.

About Fotanian: Fotan Artists Open Studios 2008
Fotanian is an annual open studio in Fo Tan industrial estate in the New Territories, Hong Kong SAR. Initially an off-campus artistic enclave of the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Department of Fine Arts, the industrial estate today plays host to over 100 international artists across more than 30 studios. Since 2003, Fotanian has been an annual platform to showcase the creative processes and working environments of artists with the largest showing and attendance in Fotanian 2007, playing host to thousands of visitors over two weekends. The 2008 event will be held on 12, 13, 19 & 20 Jan 2008, 2:00pm – 8:00pm daily.

About the curator
Michael Lee Hong Hwee is a Singapore-born artist currently based in Hong Kong and Singapore. Concerned with the relation between desire and space, he explores different forms and media, especially photographic installation, model-making, book-making, video, writing and curating. He wasthe recipient of Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) 2005, conferred by National Arts Council, Singapore.


I will write a book for you

One A4 paper & one thread, 2.6 x 3.75 x 2.2 cm, 256 pages, 2007

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

Cornelia Erdmann


Drawings on slides, Variable dimensions, 2005-2007

Debbie Hill

Juicy Fruit

Acrylic on chewing gum, 3 x 3 cm, 2007

Esther Yip Lai Man

Make You Happy
Mixed media, 80 x 80 x 70 cm, 2007

Justin Wong

Ji Ji Ge Ge

Comic illustration in Ming Pao News 27 Nov 2007, 2007

Tang Kwok Hin

The girl who is blue

A Blue Girl beer can, 12 x 6 x 6 cm, 2007

Li Loi-Yau

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

Suki Chan

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

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