SOLO EXHIBITION

“Sea of Faces”

by Chloe Ho

30.04 – 30.05/2016
3812 Gallery

Artist: CHLOE HO

3812 Gallery is Hong Kong’s most exciting art space. An iconic presence at 118 Queen’s Road West in Sai Ying Pun, the gallery is committed to the promotion of remarkable art and artists. The unveiling of this upcoming exhibition, Sea of Faces by Chloe Ho, marks the celebration of the official launch of the exclusive Salon on the 3/F of 3812 Gallery.

Sea of Faces is a unique and challenging project, featuring portrait drawings by Hong Kong artist Chloe Ho. With her remarkable insight and attention to nuance, Chloe chronicles the human state through figure drawings and paintings, reflecting her continued investigation into the issue of self and identity. Located between representation and self-reflection, Chloe’s collection of ‘New Portraiture’ seeks the answer to the fundamental question of how the ‘self’ has been constructed and interpreted throughout mankind’s collective history. Central to this is the concept of memories, which are often linked intrinsically to a ‘place’ – be it our home, particular buildings, or even our environment. In this way, Chloe Ho’s Sea of Faces is also reflective of the ‘global village’ concept in which the current generation seeks an understanding of their place and identity in the modern world, while there remains a sense of belonging to a distant, ancestral, but unfamiliar world.

Like any true artist, Chloe Ho is seeking her own narrative; she varies her medium and process, and has the courage to break away from the norm to develop something fresh and new. Chloe’s collection of portrait drawings and paintings is not simply an effort to replicate reality, nor imitate the past. Instead, it searches for a truth that exists in essence, rather than in concrete form– an ideal which is reflected in her choice of medium and process: charcoal, pen, ink, acrylic, spray paint, and even coffee. There is a physicality to her process that is tangible to the viewer, and a rawness to the materials that transcends the confinements of imagery.

Chloe explains the difference between her New York Forbes Gallery show Under the Surface and Sea of Faces: “Sea of Faces actually refers to the Forbes show, but with a greater focus on my portrait paintings and drawings. I think all my works have a certain continuity and connection in terms of creative expression– it’s similar to writing a poem or a novel. This show continues to reveal my artistic journey and the people I’ve met along the way– loved and loathed– both in the US and in Hong Kong. The show also speaks to the artist’s struggle to understand and portray identity. I would say the work helped me to know myself better in the process of making these images of others.”

The works in Sea of Faces are divided into 5 series. ‘Intimacy’ is painted primarily with acrylic and Chinese ink to capture the immediacy of a single moment in time, with a strong use of medium to invoke a psychological depth. ‘Insight’ is a series of mixed media works that capture the individuality of each subject through their own personal colour or aura. The works in ‘Identity’ use Chinese ink, pen and ink, charcoal, and spray paint to depict the fluidity of the subjects’ identities – which mirrors the fluidity of all human identities. ‘Shakespeare Envisioned’ makes use of charcoal to depict the tonal plurality of the characters. Lastly in ‘Isolation’, figures are rendered in Chinese ink and charcoal using simple lines and forms, reflecting how all people live in a state of solitude at one point or another.

Chloe comprehends the often conflicting position of the artist portraying others. She ‘sees’ the faces she paints, while being ‘at sea’ among them. Her ‘New Portraiture’ provides reconciliation through an incisive capturing of her subjects’ characteristics, as she invites viewers to join her on a creative journey of self and identity.

Edgar, 76.5 cm x 51 cm, Charcoal on paper, 2012Chloe Ho, Edgar, Charcoal on paper, 2012

ARTWORK

何鳳蓮,《頂癮》, 中國水墨、咖啡、碳筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Get your Fix’, Chinese ink, coffee and charcoal pencil on paper, 35 cm x 25 cm, 2015

何鳳蓮,《沉思》, 中國水墨,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Pensive’, Chinese ink on rice paper, 18 cm x 24 cm, 2011

何鳳蓮,《慾求 (一)》, 鋼筆、墨水,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Craving 1 ‘, Pen and ink on paper, 45.1 cm x 51.1 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《慾求》, 鋼筆、墨水,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Craving’, Pen and ink on paper, 45.1 cm x 51.1 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《咖啡與香煙 (一)》, 中國水墨、咖啡、碳筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Coffee and Cigarettes I’, Chinese ink, coffee and charcoal on paper, 40.3 cm x 50.2 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《無形》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Amorphous’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 39.6 cm x 49.5 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《找到》, 鋼筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Found’, Pen on paper, 36 cm x 31 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《跟隨我》, 鋼筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Follow Me’, Pen on paper, 38 cm x 33.5 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《意味》, 鋼筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘In Summation’, Pen on paper, 24 cm x 19.2 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《分開的理由》, 鋼筆、中國水墨,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Parting Rationale’, Pen and Chinese ink on paper, 48.1 cm x 42.1 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《夜曲》, 鋼筆、中國水墨,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Nocturne’, Pen and Chinese ink on paper, 23 cm x 18 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《無眠》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Insomnia’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 38.1 cm x 44.1 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《無休》, 中國水墨、咖啡、碳筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Restless’, Chinese ink, coffee and charcoal on paper, 30.5 cm x 22.7 cm, 2016

何鳳蓮,《革命》, 鋼筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Revolution’, Pen on paper, 33.3 cm x 32.5 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《幻想》, 中國水墨、鋼筆、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Reverie’, Chinese ink, pen and charcoal on paper, 56.5 cm x 45 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《學人》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Scholar’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 36.2 cm x 42.6 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《直到死亡臨到我們》, 鋼筆、墨水,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Till Death Do Us’, Pen and ink on paper, 45 cm x 51.1 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《街頭智慧》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Street Smart’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 36.2 cm x 42.6 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《孤寂》, 中國水墨、碳筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Solitude’, Chinese ink and charcoal pencil on paper, 46.5 cm x 36.7 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《裝酷》, 中國水墨、噴墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘To be Cool’, Chinese ink, spray paint and charcoal on paper, 180 cm x 97 cm, 2016

何鳳蓮,《帽子之下》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Under the Hat’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 39.6 cm x 49.6 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《誰會認同》, 鋼筆、中國水墨,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Who’s Buying’, Pen and Chinese ink on paper, 36 cm x 31 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《等著》, 中國水墨,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Waiting’, Chinese ink on paper, 36.2 cm x 42.6 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《人像 #5》, 碳筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Portrait #5’, Charcoal on Paper, 34.5 cm x 44 cm, 2011

何鳳蓮,《邏輯與自我》, 鋼筆、墨水、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Logic and Ego’, Pen, ink, acrylic on paper, 19.5 cm x 30 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《現實》, 中國水墨,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Reality’, Chinese ink on paper, 79 cm x 55 cm, 2016

何鳳蓮,《意圖》, 中國水墨,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Intention’, Chinese ink on paper, 79 cm x 55 cm, 2016

何鳳蓮,《感知》, 中國水墨,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Perception’, Chinese ink on paper, 79 cm x 55 cm, 2016

何鳳蓮,《記憶》, 中國水墨,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Memory’, Chinese ink on paper, 79 cm x 54.5 cm, 2016

何鳳蓮,《過去與現在》, 中國水墨、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Past and Present’, Chinese ink and acrylic on paper, 150 cm x 100.8 cm, 2016

何鳳蓮,《嫌疑犯》, 丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Marked Man’, Acrylic on paper, 21 cm x 17 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《注定如此》, 丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Meant to Be’, Acrylic on paper, 24.4 cm x 17.5 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《頓悟》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Epiphany’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 38.5 cm x 33.4 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《天才》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Gifted’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 36 cm x 31 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《我是你的男人》, 碳筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘I’m your Man’, Charcoal on Paper, 24.4 cm x 17.4 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《凱撒》, 丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Caesar’, Acrylic on paper, 24.2 cm x 17.4 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《自白》, 丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Confession’, Acrylic on paper, 44.8 cm x 35.2 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《刺激生活》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘High Life’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 33 cm x 24.2 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《太晚》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Too Late’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 23.8 cm x 33 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《尚未敘述的故事》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Untold Story’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 33 cm x 24.2 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《揭示》, 丙烯墨,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Revelation’, Acrylic ink on paper, 44.5 cm x 30 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《她/他自己》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘She Himself’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 33 cm x 23.8 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《奇情夜》, 丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Strange Night’, Acrylic on paper, 33 cm x 24.2 cm, 2015

何鳳蓮,《實現》, 鋼筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Realization’, Pen on paper, 33 cm x 24.2 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《知》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Knowing’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 20 cm x 28.5 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《中心區》, 碳筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Midtown’, Charcoal pencil on paper, 33 cm x 24.2 cm, 2016

何鳳蓮,《誤會》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Misunderstood’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 24.4 cm x 19 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《似曾相識》, 丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Déjà Vu’, Acrylic on paper, 27 cm x 21.7 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《不滿》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Discontent’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 44.7 cm x 35 cm , 2012

何鳳蓮,《好好享受》, 丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Get your Kicks’, Acrylic on paper, 26.7 cm x 21.5 cm, 2010

何鳳蓮,《警惕》, 布上丙烯墨 Chloe Ho, ‘Caution’, Acrylic ink on canvas, 60.5 cm x 45.5 cm, 2015

何鳳蓮,《唯美主義者》, 油粉彩,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘The Aesthete’, Oil pastel on paper, 30.5 cm x 24.8 cm, 2015

何鳳蓮,《巴別塔》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Babel’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 38 cm x 33.5 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《後台》, 鋼筆、墨水、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Backstage’, Pen, ink, acrylic on paper, 23 cm x 32 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《黎明之前》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Before Dawn’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 32.4 cm x 22.7 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《北京風情》, 中國水墨、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Beijing Being’, Chinese ink and acrylic on paper, 180 cm x 97 cm, 2015

何鳳蓮,《馬克特夫》, 碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Macduff’, Charcoal on paper, 58.2 cm x 43 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《奧賽羅》, 碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Othello’, Charcoal on paper, 55 cm x 43.2 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《卡利班》, 碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Caliban’, Charcoal on paper, 58.8 cm x 43.8 cm, 2011

何鳳蓮,《愛德加》, 碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Edgar’, Charcoal on paper, 76.5 cm x 51 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《哈姆雷特》, 碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Hamlet’, Charcoal on paper, 59.7 cm x 44.4 cm, 2011

何鳳蓮,《動態》, 丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘In Motion’, Acrylic on paper, 24.5 cm x 17.5 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《神秘》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Mystery’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 25.5 cm x 19.8 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《再現》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Reappearing’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 34.2 cm x 45.7 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《上升》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Rising’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 39.6 cm x 45 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《軀體》, 鋼筆、丙烯,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Soma’, Pen and acrylic on paper, 29.5 cm x 20.4 cm, 2012

何鳳蓮,《未知的結果》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Unknown Consequences’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 28 cm x 21.5 cm (each), 2013 (5)

何鳳蓮,《未知的結果》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Unknown Consequences’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 28 cm x 21.5 cm (each), 2013 (3)

何鳳蓮,《未知的結果》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Unknown Consequences’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 28 cm x 21.5 cm (each), 2013 (4)

何鳳蓮,《未知的結果》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Unknown Consequences’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 28 cm x 21.5 cm (each), 2013 (2)

何鳳蓮,《未知的結果》, 中國水墨、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Unknown Consequences’, Chinese ink and charcoal on paper, 28 cm x 21.5 cm (each), 2013 (1)

何鳳蓮,《消逝》, 碳筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Vanish’, Charcoal pencil on paper, 56.5 cm x 45 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《消逝 (二)》, 中國水墨、碳筆,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Vanish II ‘, Chinese ink and charcoal pencil on paper, 56.5 cm x 45 cm, 2014

何鳳蓮,《認同》, 中國水墨、咖啡,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Recognition’, Chinese ink and coffee on paper, 129 cm x 73 cm, 2013

何鳳蓮,《人海》, 中國水墨、鋼筆、碳粉,紙本 Chloe Ho, ‘Sea of Faces’, Chinese ink, pen and charcoal on paper, 135.8 cm x 68.6 cm, 2013


EVENT

Chloe Ho – “Past and Present” at 3812 Salon