One Degree of Separation
9 October 2009 – 9 January 2010
Kwan Sheung Chi
Pak Sheung Chuen
One Degree of Separation explores the role that social connections and artistic interconnections play in the practice of a group of artists from Hong Kong. The exhibition focuses not just on individual works of art but subtly draws attention to manifold interconnections between them, in a way that mirrors how the artists themselves relate to each other in their everyday lives, through shared concerns and working practices.
The art scene in Hong Kong is very small. Most of the artists graduated from the Fine Art Department of the Chinese University, Hong Kong. With an intake of only 22 students per year there are no strangers within this circle. Since 2002 graduates have been renting empty factory units in Fotan, in the New Territories, Hong Kong. There are now over 100 artists’ studios in the area. With artists studying and making work in such a close-knit environment there is inevitably a great awareness and understanding of each other’s work but beyond this there are similar interests, collaborations, participation in and the referencing of each other’s work.