'Greedy?' Conceptual Art Exhibition

Responding to the current financial tsunami, Time magazine has published several articles addressing how 'greed' plays a significant role in this crisis. On the other hand, the melanaine issue in China has affected many infants and adults. At the beginning, the milk farmers were thought to bare the main responsibility. Later on, it is discovered actually the whole manufacturing and examination process consist of many problems. After all, many consider 'greed' to be the major cause of all these.

If capitalism is a factory producing 'greed,' then what does 'greed' have anything to do with the pro-communism country, China? Perhaps greed is really in the gene of human beings, existing in any society. However, claiming greed is the only cause for the financial tsunami and melamine crisis probably simplifies the problem too much. Some argue it is the real problem-makers in behind who want to blame 'greed' as the cause for the globalized crisis, and, therefore, try to run away from being caught. Of course, if so, it is just another greedy way in using the term 'greed' for self-protection and self-satisfaction. Working out the answer to 'why greedy' should be more essential then. There are many subjective and objective elements (like personal vision, self-esteem, system flaws, moral values and cultures in society) involved in affecting how 'greedy' a being can turn to be, and how much destruction this 'greedy being' can create.

In Hong Kong, many artists work many different jobs. Broadly speaking, these artists are very 'greedy.' Considering only the art-related jobs, many artists do not only make their own artworks, but also work on exhibit promotion, different designing jobs, web sites, documentations, logistics services etc. Some even curate art exhibits, write proposals and reports, be PR agents and art critics, doing jobs in a different profession. Unfortunately, being so 'greedy' for several decades already, local artists donˇ¦t seem to gain much fame or money out of it. Then, why being greedy?

The current exhibition invites six different artists who work many different jobs. They all are active in the art scene: teaching art, making artworks, curating shows, writing about art, writing proposals, doing PR jobs and being quite 'greedy' in fact. This exhibit is going to show how these 'greedy' artists respond to the 'greed' phenomenon over the individual, social or globalized level. This show opens on Nov 28, 2008 at C&G Artpartment.The exhibit is free for entry. Welcome to join us!

Besides, the opening also will have a book launch of Michael Lee's 'Foundations: The Consolations of Museology,' and performance art pieces. An 'artist's' lecture* upon the occasion of the 'Greedy?' Conceptual Art Exhibition will take place on 13th December, 2008 (Sat) from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Title of the Talk is 'Free Culture and Free Society: Can We Love Both?' It will be delivered by Jaspar Lau Kin Wah, and followed with a discussion session between Jaspar Lau and respondant Law Man Lok and an open Q&A session afterwards. *(Unless due to special circumstances, the talk will be presented in Cantonese, English speakers however are welcome, for the powerpoint presentation should be mostly in English)

Details:

Curated by: C & G

Participating Artists: CHEN Li Yun(Movana), LAU Kin Wah(Jaspar), LEE Hong Hwee(Michael), LEUNG Chin Fung(Jeff), CHEUNG Kai Lei (Clara), CHENG Yee Man(Gum)

Opening: 6:30pm, (Fri) 28 November, 2008

Exhibition Period: (Sat) 29 November, 2008 - (Fri)23 January, 2009

Exhibition Time: 2:00 - 7:30pm, Thursday to Monday, (Closed on Tue, Wed and Public Holiday)

An 'artist's' lecture* upon the occasion of the 'Greedy?' Conceptual Art Exhibition:

Title of the Talk: ˇ§Free Culture and Free Society: Can the We Love Both?ˇ¨
Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm, (Sat) 13th December, 2008.
--by Jaspar Lau Kin Wah, a discussion session between Jaspar Lau and respondant Law Man Lok and then an open Q&A session afterwards *unless due to special circumstances, the talk will be presented in Cantonese, English speakers however are welcome, for the powerpoint presentation should be mostly in English*
Foreword of the Talk By Jaspar:
On Oct 24, 2008, HKU has invited professor Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons to give the inaugural L.S.P/L.W.H Distinguished Lecture in Digital Media with the title of ˇ§Free Culture and Free Society: Can the West Love Both?ˇ¨ I was there for Law Man Lok, who had registered but could not make it there that day. I was interested in Creative Commons and the different problematic issues surrounding copyright in our present society, but my effort to try and bring out this topic in my last co-curated exhibition (Chie!) seemed to have failed completely. Without knowledge of Lessig coming to town, I brought the Chinese version of Lessigˇ¦s Free Culture ˇV How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity in mid Oct from Mackie Study and in the process of reading through it, I have been asked by C&G to participant in the Exhibition of Greedy?. The invitation inspired me to give a talk over the topic upon the occassion, as the idea of greed help shaped a particulate angle I looked at the issue. In this talk of mine, I will repeat some of Lessigˇ¦s stories and argument, but by relating it to the exhibition context, I will try to come up with a different stance, and wish to discuss this tentative idea of mine with everyone.

Address: 3/F, 222 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Behind Pioneer Centre)

Invitation Card   


Work by Michael Lee  


"Self-Portrait - in search of the sense of security  


'Body Container' by Movana Chen  


 

Art Pieces from "Greedy?":

Work by Michael Lee:
"A Loser's Respite"


Work by Michael Lee:
"A Loser's Respite"


Work by Gum Cheng:
"To a Greedy Art Organization"


Work by Movana Chen:
"Body Container"


Work by Movana Chen:
"Body Container"


Work by Jaspar Lau:
"Greedy? Projectˇ¨


Work by Clara Cheung:
"Self-Portrait
- in search of the sense of security"


Work by Jeff Leung:
"ART Supports ART"


Work by Jeff Leung:
"ART Supports ARTˇ¨