YY9 Gallery a member of 2B SQUARE  


6 February 2007

In Full Bloom

Exhibition by Alannala Lau, Simone Boon and Shum Pui Ying
Exhibition Period: 3 – 31 March 2007
G/F, 6 Kwai Fong St, Happy Valley, Hong Kong (next to police station)
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun. 2-8pm (closed on Mon.)
Tel: 2574 3370
Opening reception at 6:30 to 8:30pm on March 2 (Fri), 2007

Living closely with nature. Flower represents life and vitality, its growth and blossom being seen as the cycles of life. Between abstract and objective art, three artists Alannala Lau, Simone Boon and Shum Pui Ying depicted their imagination to discovery the flower full bloom in media of painting, photography and ceramic.

Alannala’s flower painting is a celebration of life. In his work, the graceful and cadenced lines of flower interlace with the texture of dribbles and sprinkles of pigments. The layers are rich and the variations of the tone are subtle. Lau's flowers possess power and energy and they radiate through their petals, stems and backdrop.

In Simone’s alternative photography flowers become metaphors representing the transformation process that takes place between inner and outer worlds. Shooting in the depth of the night and the camera used almost like a paintbrush…A flood of symbols; words, gestures, images…are going hence and forth between subject and object and subject and subject…expressions, reflected receptions… We see only the outside of this, but what happens during the mimetic process inside?

Shum Pui-ying used ordinary materials, steel, cement and screws from daily life to bury flowers. During the process of casting, the original materials may interact with the clay. When a flower is no longer a flower, what is it then?

About Artist

Alannala Lau was born in Hong Kong. He graduated from the ChineseUniversity of Hong Kong in 1994 majoring in fine art. He has been an independent curator and program officer for the Hong Kong Arts Centre. In 2002, Lau was artist-in-resident at the Vermont Studio Center, USA under the Freeman Fellowship. His works are being collected by private collectors, art consultants, the Town Imaizumi Museum of Niigata, Japanand the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Offices in WashingtonDC, San Francisco, Geneva and Brussels.

Simone, Dutch from origin, experienced different cultures since birth, far a broad and close to her home country, always moving back and forth; British Borneo, Holland, Venezuela, again Holland, Belgium, Malaysia, Vienna (Austria), and since 2004 Hong Kong.Currently she is student from the RMIT University of Hong Kong Art School, majoring in ceramics with additional electives in photography and digital imaging.Last held solo exhibition (July 2006 White Tube Hong Kong Art Centre) and the joined Crackers exhibition (March 2006, Visual Art Centre) were first reflections on the ‘Mimesis’ concept.

Shum Pui Ying graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (RMIT) at the Hong KongArtSchool in 2004. Her recently exhibition included: “Innovation Ceramics – Melbourne-Hong Kong 2006” (Nellie Castan Gallery, Australia 2006), “Bachelor of Fine Art Graduation Show 2005”(Hong Kong Art Center 2005) and “ Zoo” (White Tube, Hong Kong Art Center 2005).

About Gallery

YY9 gallery founded in 2004, a member of 2B SQUARE. The gallery focuses on local contemporary art, illustrating a broad media from painting and photography to sculpture and ceramics.

“Life is similar to the Splash of ink and naturally around us”. The gallery creates a comfortable and unique environment for people not just visit or buy, but also a place for them and their friends to gather and share the joy of arts.

Press enquires: Movana Chen at 2574 3370 / 6109 0701 or email to yy9@2bsquare.com