Dreams of a Toad
Book Launch x Exhibition by Au Wah Yan
June 28, 2019
“A mosquito barges into your sweet dreams, a gecko hides itself at home, a whale sweeps the town, a wild boar intrudes a kid’s wear shop in a mall, a bat feasts on apples in a supermarket…to these underwhelming animals, does such a daunting city get on their nerves too? Do they, every once in a while, join the insomniacs club and venture into an eerie dream?”
Dreams of a Toad is the result of repeated experiments by Au Wah Yan in the past few years. It consists of prints overlaid with stories; images intertwined with words. The starting point of Dreams of a Toad went back to 2017, when Wah Yan stayed in Buenos Aires for one month for an artist-in-residence program of printmaking. During her stay, she worked from 10am-6pm in the printmaking studio every day, focusing in learning the techniques of photolithography.
Dreams of a Toad is Wah Yan’s first publication project, and also her second solo exhibition, following her debut solo exhibition “Fragments” in 2013. All 12 drawings included in Dreams of a Toad, as well as her recent creations, will be showcased for the first time in ACO Art Space.
Dreams of a Toad takes you on a trip to the seemingly mundane yet neurotically fantastic world of animal fables.
Exhibition Period: 13/7/2019 – 4/8/2019 Opening Hours: 1 – 8pm Tue – Sun Exhibition Venue: ACO Art Space, 6/F Foo Tak Building, 365 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Activities: i.) Talk Ah Ko (Comic Artist) x Au Wah Yan 20/7/2019 (Sat) 3pm – 4:30pm
ii.) Sharing Gukzik Lau (Local Visual Artist) x Au Wah Yan 3/8/2019 (Sat) 3pm – 5pm
About the Author: Au Wah Yan An artist and a printmaker whose drawings and illustrations have been published in numerous local magazines and newspapers, including her comic strip "Me1 World" in Sunday Mingpao. Currently, she devotes much of her efforts to printmaking and Printhow, a printmaking collective started with her friends in 2017. www.auwahyan.net
About the Presenter: ACO Art Space at 6/F Foo Tak Building was initiated in early 2018, aiming at creating opportunities for artists to experiment and disseminate their works in a qualitative manner. We hope to strengthen the public's understanding of artists' creative energy, and encourage them to collect local artworks for enhancing their lives, while supporting the sustainable development of Hong Kong's art ecology. Since 2003, ACO manages 20 units of Foo Tak Building and has leased to art and cultural entities at a sponsored rate much lower than the market price. ACO also consigns works from the following artist: Yeung Tong Lung, Apple Wong Hiu Fung, Ivy Ma, An Gee Chan, Justin Larkin, Tobe Kan Kiu Sin and Don Mak Chun Tung.
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