Yeu Lai Mo, Susan Pui San Lok, Mayling To, Jen Wu, Lisa Le Feuvre: Reassurance

erika tan - cast 1

Reassurance

29 July – 2 October 2005

Artists:

Yeu Lai Mo

Susan Pui San Lok

Mayling To

Jen Wu

Lisa Le Feuvre

This exhibition marks the curator, Yeu Lai Mo’s, personal commitment to the practice of four artists.  In part the title is in reference to the activity of curating, and the relationship between artist and curator. It is also intended to draw attention to one of the central concerns of all the artists’ work, the balance between the comfort of group belonging and the pull of the possibility of an individual statement.

susan pui san lok’s Notes on Return, is a large projection framed by reams of blank till rolls, set to the soundtrack of a poem by the exiled poet Bei Dao, read by the artist and her parents. Initially reciting the poem in Cantonese and later in English, the readers hesitate with their different levels of fluency and then gain confidence as the three voices repeat the words together. Both the tentative stumbling of the readings and the disparate images of the projection heighten the sense of fragmentation in the individual stories.

Cast was produced during Erika Tan’s recent residency in Shanghai and was made in response to the sensations Tan experienced on encountering one of the particular features of the city. City parks are illuminated by green light, creating an incandescent glow, transforming the open spaces.

For Reassurance Mayling To was commissioned to produce a new video work. To is fascinated by the perception and illusion in relation to cinematic language and televised image. This new work focuses on the daily arrival of an ice cream van in a suburban street, filmed through static surveillance cameras installed outside To’s home. Inactions (16.15 – 17.30hrs) is structured to stimulate a response through what is seen, as much as what is expected to be seen, in the daily drama of a small section of one London street.

Confusion and dislocation are the predominant features of Jen Wu’s installations. In the gallery a jumble of monitors and televisions, of varying degrees of obsolescence, are combined with objects, texts and clothing that also appear in the fragments of video footage playing on the screens. The footage is drawn from Wu’s earlier projects – semi-scripted scenarios where the artist takes on the persona of a series of strong female characters, including a young fashion model, dictating the terms of her erotic photo-shoot.

erika tan - cast 2 jen wu - scenes from meat city 1 jen wu - scenes from meat city 2 mayling to - inactions 1 mayling to - inactions 2 mayling to - inactions 3 susan lok - notes on return 1 susan lok - notes on return 2