We are proud to present new works by Emily Allchurch, Eric Fok, Daisuke Teshima, Li Ting Ting & Carmen Ng. Themed ’Trading Places,' this selection of works explores narratives around globalisation and wider parallels between places and peoples' lives.
Two brand new works by British artist Emily Allchurch provide the focal point of this show. Based on extensive travels and research in China and Venice throughout 2019, Allchurch draws on influences from the late Renaissance, Chinese court painting and literary sources to present her diptych 'Mirrored Cities I & II’. These pieces highlight shared histories and seek synergies; poignant themes in conflicted times.
Eric Fok’s signature maps and artworks draw heavily on historical references and depict different cities and the trade routes that connected them. By embedding contemporary icons, Fok gives a clever twist to his artwork, making an instantaneous transition from antiquity to present day. The viewer is invited to experience two very different worlds simultaneously.
Daisuke Teshima’s figures dwell on human exchanges and parallels between people’s lives. He explores the influence of places and cultures on personal interactions, and seeks to understand diverse perspectives by swapping viewpoints. Largely influenced by Japanese art and Buddhist philosophies, Daisuke also introduces a comic touch from Manga culture to his unique sculptures.
Cultural icons such as crowns form the subject matter of Li Ting Ting’s delicate and ethereal inkworks. Whilst the broad narrative of all her works is preserving a link to the past in the present , her choice of subjects and their representation across cultures in the current series take this inquiry deeper.
Carmen Ng and her intelligent illustrations seek to find answers to how things work in different places . Probing and descriptive, they tell a pictorial tale of life in several milieus, identifying internal and external influences that impact an individual’s life in an increasingly global world.