何兆川
何兆川
HO Siu Chuen
Previous Works
HO Siu Chuen

Ho Siu Chuen loves to observe how things are made since he was a child, but his skills in expressing himself through speaking and writing are poor. Therefore, he has discovered artmaking as a method for him to voice out his opinion. Hong Kong is such a crowded city with rapid economic development, and everyone put their own benefit in the first priority instead of standing in the others’ shoes. Conspiracies are likely to exist in such a complex society. On account of this thought, Ho tends to devote his art on questioning humanity and the primitive fear using modern aesthetics. Each of Ho’s works is mostly as tiny as a finger and often take the audiences a minute to locate his works in every exhibition. This is one of the features of his artwork as he is keen on have interactions with the audiences without speaking or writing—it is his very own way to connect with other people. He does not work with the same medium in each work. Take his early work “The Unknown Creatures” (Year) as an example, he simply applied mascara on the hair of a kiwi’s peel to create uneasiness using objects from our daily lives. However, he recently began to study the materiality of ceramics and glass so as to include in his practice mediums that have a historical significance in a harmonic way. Stanley Kubrick’s A “Clockwork Orange”, “The Shining” and “American Psycho” are inspirations of Ho, they are the reason behind his experimentalism and black humour. Additionally, René Magritte’s idea of Conceptual Art has influenced Ho a lot, which is why he chooses to narrate his ideas using videos or sounds.

何兆川的作品形體俱小,需要觀眾在展覽中花時間尋找他的作品——這是他的創作特徵,也是與觀眾互動的方式。 斯坦利庫布里克的《發條橙》,《閃靈》和《美國殺人魔》是何兆川的創作靈感,使他從實驗主義和黑色幽默獲得啟發。他亦深受雷內・馬格利特的概念藝術影響,因而在作品中使用視頻或聲音來敘述他的想法。

Undo

2016

Ink on rice paper, human hair brush

Set of 3: 30.3 × 46cm

A set of ink panting portraits painted with a Chinese writing brush which was made with the hair of the portraits’ owner

Fear

2017

Installation (Black beans, fake eyelash, video)

Size variable

A bunch of insects that are actually the combination of black beans and fake eyelashes which intentionally look like a real insect as to bring out the primitive fear of human’s.

The Unknown Creatures

2017

Installation (mascara on kiwi, video)

Size variable

The Unknown Creatures is once you find out the true self of it, you will no longer fear for what you think it was. And this work is simply done with kiwis and photos combination as a short video of the slight movement of the lining kiwis, just like they were having a dance.