1960 born in hong kong.
he came to international attention with his “redwhiteblue” series,
which he presented at the 51st venice biennale in 2005 representing hong kong.
he was awarded the hong kong contemporary art awards 2012 and
the hong kong arts development awards 2011 – award for best artist (visual arts) in 2012.
his “lanwei” series was collected by M+ museum, hong kong in 2013.
impermanence / 無常
cause-and-effect arises from self-serving desires, wishful thinking.
over a decade ago, I discussed with my friend about how funerals would take place and how to say the last goodbyes.
once the discussion started,
I told my friend we would continue it some other time.
if we had continued, the thing that would have bothered me
most would be the coffin.
I couldn’t accept that they’re not environmentally-friendly.
even the recently-developed eco-friendly coffins,
which were born of death, could only be used once.
I couldn’t accept that coffins looked too complicated, too curvy,
(that was before the minimal paper coffin design appeared)
because I have always been a perfectionist who swears
by right angles and straight lines.
but the worst thing about the coffin is the sense of estrangement.
I wondered, why would I want to be enclosed in an object
that has nothing to do with me?
why would I let something that I have no feelings for to be
at my side during my last moment in this world?
after a lengthy thought process, I decided on a sofa bed
which I would use for 30, maybe 50 years,
and then get packed up along with it and go…
how nice, how warm and environmentally-friendly!
what’s more, as I get involved with the sofa bed day in day out,
I get a first-hand experience of death as part of living,
and at the same time, take a close reexamination of my own life.
impermanent is in-between the sofa bed and the coffin.
impermanent is in-between life, death and next life.
and in-between, is to cherish, to be positive, proactive, free…
impermanence is to experience life.