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Tsang Kin-Wah

The Infinite Nothing (Installation view), 2015

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Venice
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Photo by Alex John Beck for Artsy.
Tsang Kin-Wah
Chinese, b. 1976
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In painting, wallpaper, murals, and video work, Tsang Kin-Wah explores sexuality, religion, and humanity’s darker instincts. A recurring motif in his work is floral-patterned paintings and wallpaper designs that are inspired by William Morris and which, upon closer inspection, reveal swirling sentences and blocks of text. For his installation I love you more than anything else in the whole world and I would never do anything to hurt you (2008), Tsang adorned the walls of a gallery with gloss-white lettering applied in snaking patterns. Viewers who looked closely would find sentences such as “I am not gonna hurt you or fuck you,” and “I would never cut you up in pieces.” The soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining accompanied the installation, which reflected the film’s masked threat of violence as the discrete whiteness of the text pretends at innocence. Tsang aims to capture the more insidious aspects of human relationships: “There is always a conflict between the first impression and the so-called real thing behind it,” he says.

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About the work
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Photo by Alex John Beck for Artsy.
Tsang Kin-Wah
Chinese, b. 1976
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In painting, wallpaper, murals, and video work, Tsang Kin-Wah explores sexuality, religion, and humanity’s darker instincts. A recurring motif in his work is floral-patterned paintings and wallpaper designs that are inspired by William Morris and which, upon closer inspection, reveal swirling sentences and blocks of text. For his installation I love you more than anything else in the whole world and I would never do anything to hurt you (2008), Tsang adorned the walls of a gallery with gloss-white lettering applied in snaking patterns. Viewers who looked closely would find sentences such as “I am not gonna hurt you or fuck you,” and “I would never cut you up in pieces.” The soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining accompanied the installation, which reflected the film’s masked threat of violence as the discrete whiteness of the text pretends at innocence. Tsang aims to capture the more insidious aspects of human relationships: “There is always a conflict between the first impression and the so-called real thing behind it,” he says.

Tsang Kin-Wah

The Infinite Nothing (Installation view), 2015

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