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The Past is Continuing – Drinking in Ranges, Feasting on Peaks

The Past is Continuing – The Eternal Phoenix

Double Vision – Midnight Mountaineering


Say Hello to Hello

Remaster vs Appropriating the Classics

All About Poetry – Southern District Literature Day


Uncertainty Principle

Fine Art Asia 2013

Taehwa River Eco Art Festival 2013


"Black Market" Flash Art Exhibition

Philosopher's (knock-off) Stone: Turning Gold into Plastic

OSAGE Pop-Up Art Market


Scalable Strategies

Space@West Kowloon - Hong Kong Sculpture Biennial

In the Arms of Void

Wearable Exhibition - Bring Art Everywhere


Paper Tales Exhibition

Fine Art Asia 2011

LANDSCAPES - Gyeonggi Creation Center, South Korea

Dreaming Everywhere

Love the Future

Bittersweet - A Mixed Media Solo Exhibition

Primitive Contemporary III series -
    Primitive Craftsmanship ‧ Contemporary Sculpture

Seven Bamboo "Song Bags"


"Green X’mas@CDAV" Community Art Program

Touching Art: Louvre's Sculptures in Movement

Eastern District Arts Festival - Eastern Art Bus

Wongok-dong Recipe, Litmus, South Korea

The Layman Life Exhibition

Food Art Festival "Savor Art !" Exhibition

See-Through - From Hollywood to Shanghai
    Hok-Shing Grocery - A Century-old Shop

    (Used Goods  Collection and Exchange Project)

Urban Ark (Theatre Installation)


CUHK The Fourth Chung Chi Christian Festival

Heritage X Arts X Design

The Missing Parts

Poetic Scene


Hiking Arte - Travelling in Imaginary Landscape

Reborn - The Silk Road Arts Exhibition


Art on the Road


Reversed Reality - Worksound, Portland, USA

Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme IV

Master Mind 2008

Art Container Project

Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme IV Launching Exhibition


Paradigm Shift

Order - Recordation of Personal Action


"Away" Group Exhibition of Hong Kong Contemporary

     Visual Artists

In-Between Meals


Bodily Life

The Art School, Hong Kong Arts Centre Diploma in Fine

    Arts Graduation Show

Double Vision:

Sightings in Daebudo -

Works of Hanison Lau





The mountain and the moon are two recurrent motifs used in this chronicle of Hanison's journey (2011-12) to the Daebudo, a mountainous island which is several hours' drive by car from Seoul.




The work in three parts is a sequel to an earlier exhibition resultant from a residency there. Part One shows a series of mountains in bonsai proportions with miniature trees, installed on spindly and frail-looking wooden legs.  This evokes in the viewer two sensations: a fear of toppling over from the edge of a high place; feeling small and insignificant in Nature's scale.




Part Two shows the Mountain as non-threatening, malleable, even edible like a kind of traditional Chinese cake that is made from clay-colour dough pressed into a handcrafted wooden mold. Some are put in what looks like a gift-box with a lid. Each piece can be read as an abstract sculptural piece, defined only by its mass, contours and lines. At the same time, Hanison hints: "I can't think of the mountain without also thinking Chinese poetry and how it's shaped the way I work." 




Part Three is made up of five 2-D groupings; each contains a Moon-shaped painted surface coupled with a square shape, representing different phases of the waning Moon, and the passage of time. There the Moon, always in flux and in flight, juxtaposes with the Mountain that hardly ever moves and changes.




The concept for "Double Vision" first came to mind when Hanison talked about his residency in a haunted house on Daebudo. He had been assigned his workspace in a deserted orphanage whose rooms have been converted into artist studios. The people on the island that he talked to told him that the orphanage was haunted. Hanison claims he is always sensitive to subtle energy and its paranormal manifestations. This affects his perception of conventional realities, and thereby blurs the line between scientific and spiritual beliefs. He chooses not to latch his vision on to the physical world, but also accepts the possibility of the existence of spiritual phenomena outside of the rational realm.




"It's not just seeing ghosts, but also the energy bodies of people who are still alive," he said, diving into this subject.




"Once I ran into my cousin in the street wearing a red T-shirt with a distinct animal pattern. But he walked right past me like I wasn't there. Later I checked out that he was still In Vancouver and he had a T-shirt exactly like the one I saw him wearing. Parallel universe? Yes, I believe there is."




This may explain the ethereality, a veiled perception in his some of his paintings.




But finally it is Daebudo -- "big mountain island" in Korean language -- that has overpowered him. It was a big change for him, from his 10-metre-square studio, that he has set up in his tiny apartment in Sai Yin Pun, Hong Kong, to big empty space and wide open country.




"I feel liberated and tranquil once the initial shock has gone."  He has started to create works which were previously untenable in his own studio.




By Benny Chia


March 2015, Hong Kong





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