Opening Friday, July 8th, from 6PM - 9PM
On view through Sunday, August 14th
Featuring a body of new works by Hong Kong artist Edwin Lo, Traces and Scenes – Homage to Akio Suzuki is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the US. Organized as a multimedia three-part essay, the exhibition presents how Lo retraces the memories of his encounters with the Japanese artist Akio Suzuki, condensing their influences, to gradually culminate into a new sonic performance practice that embraces uncertainty through intervention with a site. Inspired by the simplicity, energy and sensitivity of Suzuki’s art, Lo pays homage to him and extends his exploration into a performative installation with the subjects of seascape, memory and sonic experience, directly engaging with the audience and the open environment. With video documentations, text and sonic installation and a performative sound piece by the artist at the opening event, the exhibition takes the audience along Lo’s transformative journey across oceans and lands, hopping between the islands of Lamma and Ap Lei Chau in Hong Kong and Amino in Japan—Suzuki’s hometown— finally arriving at the gallery in Chicago.
Presented by soundpocket & curated by Solomon Yu.
Friday, July 8, 2016, 6-9pm
Live performance by the artist at 7pm
ARTIST & CURATOR PRESENTATION
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 3-5pm
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–5pm
Mondays during OPTION, beginning at 7pm
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About the Artist
B.1984. Edwin Lo is a sound artist based in Hong Kong. Through different explorations on sound, he tries to develop his own philosophy and language on sound and listening: thinking sound as an object of desire, as haunting memories and experiences. Since 2008, Lo presents his body of work in different context such as writings, sound compositions, recordings, performances, videos and sound installations. His works are widely presented in various local and overseas group exhibitions, residencies and festivals such as Hong Kong Sound Stations (Hong Kong, 2009), EMERGEANDSEE Media Art Festival (Germany, 2010), Uncharted – Braunschweig Project (Germany, 2013), RPM: Ten Years of Sound Art in China (United States, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, 2013-2014), iD-Town International Residency (Shenzhen, 2014), Around Sound Art Festival (Japan, 2014) and ‘Inside China’ (2014) at Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
About the Curator
Solomon Yu obtained his BA Fine Arts from RMIT, Australia in 2007, and received his MA in Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011. He is interested in exploring image as text and as a medium for thinking and experiencing and his works invite audience to review alternative possibilities behind existing image materials. As an extension to his art practice, Yu likes curating projects with fellow artists for artistic exploration and exchange. He was an assistant curator in Mobile M+: Yau Ma Tei (2012) presented by M+, museum for visual culture. In 2013 he initiated and curated Sound Of Image, a group project that investigated the functional and aesthetic potentials of audio description in the field of visual arts. Yu was invited to be the guest curator for the Library by soundpocket in 2014 and curated the online exhibition ‘Silent Waves’.
soundpocket is a registered charitable organization in Hong Kong, founded in 2008 as a direct response to the increasing interest of sound art in Hong Kong, the demand for public awareness and education in the sense of hearing and deep listening, and the need for cultural sensitivity in creative practices. As a promoter, educator, facilitator, and gatherer, soundpocket is committed to the longterm nurturing of active listeners. Since its inception, soundpocket has collaborated with non-profit organizations, small enterprises, independent voiceworkers and musicians, and curators of contemporary art on various art and cultural projects. soundpocket positions itself in the fields of sound, art and culture by initiating interdisciplinary projects that bring multiple art forms and a variety of cultural contexts into the focus of sound and listening. In this sense, soundpocket supports not just an art form, but ideas and possibilities that engage with aesthetically meaningful, culturally-grounded and publicly relevant sonic practices, which have a lot to teach about how we understand the world and the experiences yet to be valued.