The arts is perhaps the best media for people to express their emotions to each other and learn to say “Farewell”. Hong Kong art hub and gallery SHOUT Gallery shares the core value of embracing creativity with great respect to artistic creations. Using unconventional gallery practices, SHOUT collaborates with artists of different backgrounds, ages and interests to exchange values and stimulate creativity, aspiring to transform daily observations into artistic inspirations.
Hong Kong-born artist Tik Ka (Tik Ka From East) shares similar artistic vision. Over the past two years, he experienced mixed feelings about separation and departure with respect to the changes of the city. Theoretically, we understand the world keeps changing and any good things will come to an end eventually. However, when it comes to saying “goodbye” to the closest people or matters in our lives, sorrow inevitably arises and it is always difficult to express ourselves.
In responding to his departure with the city, instead of using “tangible” objects such as fish balls, pineapple buns, or the signature “Red-White-Blue” objects to interpret his solicitude to Hong Kong, the city where he was born and raised, Tik Ka uses “intangible” assets, visual arts, to share his stories, memories and imaginations about Hong Kong. Believing the arts is the metaphysics for human interactions, Tik Ka uses his creations to reflect on the changing culture, hoping to create better dialogues and solicitude in the city.
Taking the concept of “Goodbye as Farewell, Goodbye as See You”, Tik Ka collaborates with SHOUT Gallery to present his solo exhibition “See You: Tik Ka From East 5th Anniversary Exhibition”. Established since 2016, “Tik Ka From East” blends the pop culture of Europe, America and Japan with traditional Chinese culture, and creates a series of “Hong Kong style” works in the form of ink art, new year paintings and sculptures. These humorous works reflect the phenomenon of the current situation and show Tik Ka’s affection to the city.
As the theme of this solo exhibition, “See You” not only celebrates the 5th anniversary of the establishment of “Tik Ka From East”, but also reviews the artist’s emotional sentiments towards the changing of the city over the five years. These sentiments include the loss and separation of his good ones, as well as the loss of some core values in our culture. This exhibition will showcase more than 40 works Tik Ka From East created over the past five years.
“Tik Ka From East” newly presents Eat Good West series (2021) – inspired by fast food culture and Buddhist paintings, signature figures including “Chicken Fairy” and “Hambuddha” challenge the current practices towards food consumption; The Kwai Leader series (2018) transforms Bodhisattva into fairies and explores commodity and consumptions.
The Cat and Me (2019) was inspired by “MeMe” images on social media and ever since the work was created, it has drawn lots of attention online. The version in “See You” will be a new version available for pre-order; Assembly (2020) is the work Tik Ka took longest time to finish ever. As a mega-size art print, Assembly is inspired by superheroes and raises questions about the definition of righteousness and justice.
In enjoying the wonderful works in the “See You” exhibition, audiences are invited to contemplate how pop culture has affected their upbringing. While farelling the past, Tik Ka invites you to embrace the future challenges and see the potential of our city.
Wherever we are, we will see you soon in the arts.
“See You: Tik Ka From East 5th Anniversary Exhibition” Details
Date: 4 Dec 2021 to 19 Dec 2021
Time: 11am to 8:30pm
Venue: SHOUT Art Hub and Gallery (Shop OT308A, Level 3, Ocean Terminal)