44 pieces in representation to his current age of 44 years; Michael Lau’s newest pop- up gallery exhibit works that reflects on different quotes which has been influential to him. In forms of wood, canvas and stainless steel; the artist’s recognized sense of fun is toned down by the choice of a full monotone palette, but the attracting humor still remains within his unique executed expression.
Taking from words and sentences that has enlightened, delighted and frustrated him; he wants to share not only these little records of knowledge he has picked up along the way, but also to emphasize how the more one knows through experience, the less things are in fact being remembered. By stemming his works from these little great quotes on 2D discs, as sculptures and with drawings; those that should be remembered are expressed regardless through the passing of time.
With a total of 16 pieces in the wood section; drawings are applied on vintage Danish wood disc from the artist’s very own collection, fascinating the audience with not only the applied graphics but also the sense of nature and time encompassed by the medium.
With illustrated form of quotes like “Always remember that you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else” and “Remember life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you let it affects you”, the hanging discs are like pages of a story book talking into the reality of life.
The Canvas group, with a total of 19 pieces are divided into two groups, with one being pencil illustrated and the other being painted on with acrylic.
The texture of the pencil drawings deliver a memory like quality, faint but mark leaving, with white spaces that encourages room for self-reflection.
“Go crazy for anything that will make you smile.” Is our personal favorite as it plays with the view point of the audience; you really have to look a bit odd by turning your view upside down to see the actual smile within the artwork.
Last but not least, the 9 pieces collection that composes the Stainless Steel group are all sculptural pieces that stands on the artist’s personal collection of Danish wood tables.
With quotes like “In time, what should you remember?”, “The trouble is you think you have time” and “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present” are all heavily related to the notion of time, which is why stainless steel’s natural ability of being resistant to corrosion makes it a great representation to such understanding of time and eternity.
Opening from 15th of May to the 1st of June 2014; all artworks are ready for sale, with a book by the artist also available for purchase during the exhibition.
Michael Lau Exhibition IV – “remember- disc time-table”
May 15th to June 1st, 2014
12:00pm to 9:00pm
Michael Lau pop- up gallery, G/F, 6 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay
Written by Joyce Tsang