Tang Contemporary Art is proud to present a solo exhibition of contemporary Hong Kong artist Lam Tung Pang, the curatorial debut by renowned Hong Kong-based architect and collector William Lim. Exhibiting at their Central space from July 7 – 30, 2016, “Planting Time” will be the gallery’s first-ever collaboration with him, and solo exhibition of a Hong Kong artist.
“Lam Tung Pang’s works, to me, are a metaphor for connecting the past with the present, crossing from Shan Shui in Song dynasty to today’s urban landscape, where viewers are directed to link the ancient with modern media. If an artist’s early creations were abandoned, given up at the time for certain reasons, were to resurface after many years – would it take on a new life? And the successful creations made then, if seen again today, would they still have life in them? Could a work made today, reviewed again in a year, potentially become a creation to dispose?
The artist uses a tense in English grammar as the work title to reference the relationship between materials and time simultaneously; the schematization of its artistic language is also likened to text-imagery, in a series of chapters. This exhibition features a 2011 representative work by the artist “Past Continuous Tense”, where he appropriates an earlier failed attempt and once abandoned idea of drawing on plywood as a visual artistic reflection on his creative progress. This has inspired the name of our exhibition, “Planting Time”.
As my curatorial debut, I am delighted to work with Lam Tung Pang and Tang Contemporary Art to share great Hong Kong art with everyone. Time has always been one of the recurring themes in my collection – here, Lam Tung Pang’s exploration of the continuity and changes in time can also be an inspiration for today’s society.”
– William Lim