Affinity Art, Hong Kong

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In The Images Left Behind, Shiu Sheng Hung (b.1987, Taiwan) explores the fluidity of memory through the display of seemingly disparate works.

Vintage postcards, displayed on metal racks in the installation “Time Lapse”, invite the audience to ponder over the existence of the places, people and connections found on them. Most of them would be long gone by now but they are leaving a memory behind - the card acting as the physical trace of their past existence.

Inspired from the landscapes on the postcards, Shiu creates layered paintings that can be peeled away from the support. A few weeks separate the application of each layer and together, they record visually the artist’s emotional state over extended periods. The resulting “paint skins” are arranged into piles by the artist. Propped up against the wall are planks of rare cypress wood, reclaimed from a historical hotel and re-used as table tops. Over time, the scratches, dents and marks on the postcards, “paint skins” and wood panels are inevitable, a deliberate analogy to the flawed process of memory creation – and recollection.

A pencil sketch by the artist’s late mother juxtaposed with a blue-hued photograph of an ancestral home undergoing renovation suggest the artist’s attempt to hold on to the past and reflect his feelings towards the constant uncertainties in life. A mural painting is created at the gallery by the artist using pearlescent paint, leaving the words of the title of the show unpainted. Barely visible, the changing and vanishing visual effects point to the ephemeral and unpredictable nature of memory.

The Images Left Behind is the artist’s invitation for an intimate journey to understand the fluid nature of memories and their pivotal role in shaping our lives and surroundings. In this regard the young artist has created a subtle yet powerful show that is highly pertinent to our times.

Shiu Sheng Hung, Skin, Rubbles, Lies and Intuitions, 2018, Acrylic medium, variable dimensions, approx 190 x 110 cm
Shiu Sheng Hung, The artist arranges Skin, Rubbles, Lies and Intuitions during installation, March 2018
Shiu Sheng Hung, The Images Left Behind, installation view. Foreground and left: Time Lapse (postcards on metal racks). Right: Portrait of an Island (reclaimed wood). Background: The Images Left Behind mural painting
Shiu Sheng Hung, Skin, Rubbles, Lies and Intuitions, 2018, Acrylic medium, variable dimensions, detail view
Shiu Sheng Hung, The Images Left Behind, installation view. Foreground: Time Lapse; background: The Images Left Behind wall painting
Shiu Sheng Hung, The Images Left Behind, detail view
Shiu Sheng Hung, The Drama, 2017, Digital print on fine rag etching paper, 46 x 37 x 2.8 cm
Shiu Sheng Hung, The artist creates mural painting, The Images Left Behind, on gallery wall, March 2018
Shiu Sheng Hung
Dusk, Highland Plant
2018, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 110 cm.
Shiu Sheng Hung
Forest #13
2017, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 70 cm.
Shiu Sheng Hung
Freely
2018, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 70 cm.
Shiu Sheng Hung
Giant
2017, Acrylic on canvas, 162 x 112 cm.
Shiu Sheng Hung
Only the Tip of the Iceberg
2018, Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 24 cm.
Shiu Sheng Hung
Forest #15
2018, Acrylic on canvas, 112 x 200 cm.
Shiu Sheng Hung
Silver Rustling
2018, Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 150 cm.
 
Shiu Sheng Hung, The Images Left Behind, gallery view, March 2018