"Press the Button" | Leung Chi Wo Book Launch and Exhibition of Hand Drawings
Press the Button, published by OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) Shenzhen. Limited to an edition of 50, the individually numbered box set includes an 88-page paperback and 54 hand drawings, with texts by Leung Chi Wo, Carol Yinghua Lu, Anthony Leung Po Shan and Qu Chang.
Hong Kong, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk HangMap
Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug. 27th, 4pm -6pm
Blindspot Gallery is pleased to host the book launch cum exhibition of Hong Kong artist Leung Chi Wo’s art book, Press the Button (2016), published by OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) Shenzhen. Limited to an edition of 50, the individually numbered box set includes an 88-page paperback and 54 hand drawings, with texts by Leung Chi Wo, curator of the exhibition Carol Yinghua Lu, art critic Anthony Leung Po Shan and curator Qu Chang. All original drawings published in the book will be exhibited from the day of the launch for two weeks.
Press the Button was born out of Leung’s eponymous solo exhibition at OCAT Shenzhen in 2015. After the exhibition, Leung created hand drawings for each of the works showcased at the exhibition. The new book features 54 pen drawings, along with textual descriptions of the exhibited works. Laid out in the standard format of exhibition captions, the textual descriptions of the exhibited artworks are used to clarify the intention, concepts and techniques behind their creation.
Accompanying these descriptions are images and texts the artist drew on A4-sized papers with a black outline pen, which call to mind prefaces and postscripts to ancient Chinese paintings. Originally fashioned by art dealers and collectors in the Yuan Dynasty, the practice of leaving postscripts on paintings gradually evolved into an artistic tactic that is sometimes employed to help illustrate the original work; at other times, these prefaces and postscripts are self-initiated, creative writing or poems by commentators inspired by the artworks – in Press the Button, these inscriptions command a life of their own.