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As Time Folds: Ivy Ma Solo Exhibition


"As Time Folds" Ivy Ma Solo Exhibition

Artist: Ivy Ma, King Chu Curator: Evelyn Char Organiser: ACO Date: 4 June - 1 July, 2018 Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 2-8pm (by appointment on Tuesday to Wednesday) Venue: 6/F, Foo Tak Building, 365 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

"As Time Folds", the sixth solo exhibition of Hong Kong artist Ivy MA King Chu will be presented by ACO in June 2018. It will be her first solo since "Last Year" (2015, Gallery Exit), and will present a major shift in her artistic practice. Ma’s previous works have crossed the boundaries between myriad mediums, such as painting, photography, video, installation and objects. Some of her important pieces in recent years, such as the image series Last Year, Numbers Standing Still, and Gazes all feature a similar strategy of ‘drawing intervention’, in which she extracted images from various sources, such as portraits of youngsters in the Umbrella Movement and the films of Ozu Yasujiro, and intervened the surfaces of the images through drawing. The meditative acts of both erasing and drawing are at once ways of creating a dialogue with the images and their contexts, and also her personal means of disrupting historical discourses. In the end, rigorous traces were left behind, and the texture and meaning of the images were permanently altered. In 2017, Ma set off on a journey in search of a new direction in her artistic practice. She broke out of previous frameworks, primarily by discarding pre-existing images. This time, her point of departure is experimentation with various materials, which led to a series of abstract works. The new works completed this year feature a range of materials, including charcoal, graphite, wooden boards, paper, stainless steel sheets, curtain, pins and gold foil. These materials serve as an entrance, through which the artist traces an inward path to the raw urge to create. On the other hand, the purely abstract form covertly points to references drawn from everyday life. In "As Time Folds", one can also hear the echoes of several art historical moments: the tradition of monochrome painting starting from Malevich’s Black Square, the industrial materials and seriality of Minimalism, the tactility and material presence of Post-minimalist abstraction, and the anti-rational use of geometric forms of Neo-Concretism. The exhibition will be held in Foo Tak Building, Wanchai. In the past 15 years, Foo Tak has come to be recognised as one of Hong Kong’s most important cultural hubs. Located in the city centre, this old western-style mansion was inaugu