Hong Kong—Pearl Lam Galleries is delighted to present Absorption as a Way of Seeing, featuring
works by eight contemporary artists: Kim Tschang-Yeul (b. 1929), Kenny Wong (b. 1987), Sinta Tantra
(b. 1979), Luke Heng (b. 1987), Studio Swine (b. 1983 & b. 1984), Li Tianbing (b. 1974), Gonkar Gyatso (b. 1961) and Thukral & Tagra (b. 1976 & b. 1979).
In his 1967 seminal essay “Art and Objecthood”, art historian Michael Fried investigates ways to
perpetuate the viewing experience of art. Fried proposes that artworks are “more than objects”;
specifically, the experience of art does not rely on the object on view alone, but also the way in which we
partake in “the entire situation” and embrace the very object within our field of vision. Objecthood is
defined as the conditions that entice viewers to look consciously and to engage with an object. In short,
the way we look at an artwork becomes an integral part of the object itself. This group exhibition reflects
on our absorption of an artwork as spectators and explores the link between materiality, time, and
memory in order to acknowledge the ontological and emotive potential of art itself.