Cheuk Wing-nam's installation makes masterful use of sound and light to create an immersive environment that stirs feelings of anxiety and urgency. Inside each fluorescent yellow-lit glass bottle is a swiveling plastic piece that sounds the glass at different frequencies. The sound sculpture is visually evocative of moths to a flame, desperately seeking what will be their deaths, or fireflies in a jar, struggling to get out. Standing amidst this alcove of white noise, one is as if another fragment enclosed by a veil of sound.
Sound sculpture could be site-specific. This time, the sculpture is constructed in this 6-metre high place with 3 grids, so that the electric wire, grids and the sculpture could echo with the structure within the building. It is like the creatures not only are being surrounded by the sculpture itself, but also being under layer of black iron meshes within the building.
"In my art, I always attempt to display the similarities and/or contradictions between concepts and cultures. Deconstruction and assemblage are my practices for making art. The object may be a material, a concept, a system or a phenomenon.
My works are always characterised by a humorous tone where rejection and contest become essential elements. "To interact or not to interact" is always one of the ironic elements in my art.
I believe that sound can be a metaphor for some natural phenomena as well as an urban status. My work is all about expressing my passion for soundscape relationships between humans and nature."
Cheuk Wing-nam is an interdisciplinary artist dedicated to developing her work with new concepts that mix sound and other media with modern computer technology. She graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with a master's degree in visual arts (studio art and extended media), where she specialised in new media installation and sound sculpture. With these concepts in mind, she is interested in demonstrating the relationships between light and shadow, sound and space in her art.
Cheuk Wing-nam has displayed her interactive installations, sound sculptures and sound installations at several exhibitions and performed at several musical events and organisations, including the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, A+ Contemporary (Shanghai), NIME 2016 (Brisbane), Sonic Environment 2016 (Brisbane), Connecting Spaces Hong Kong-Zurich, Floating Projects [Collective], Hong Kong Baptist University and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She was selected to participate in Sonic Transmission Artist Exchange Project 2015/16 by Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong (CMHK).
Date: 19.8 — 30.10.2017
Photo: Cheung Chi-wai