Ink Studio is excited to present the Beijing debut of Same Line Twice, the acclaimed series of experimental collaborative drawings by Hong Kong artists Hung Fai and Wai Pong-yu.
Working simultaneously on the same sheet of xuan paper, the two artists unfold a prolonged visual dialog. Using a ruler, Hung traces parallel lines that stutter in dots; Wai draws fluent, freehand curves that coalesce into billowing waves. These two kinds of lines stage innumerable fleeting dramas of attraction and repulsion, alliance and antagonism. By turns they define and transgress territories, deface each other and interweave into new structures, creating a dense record of otherwise inarticulate nuances of human relationships.
Begun in 2016, the series has evolved iteratively as Hung and Wai assimilate and confront each other’s experiences in an increasingly fractured world. In the brand-new works created for this exhibition, they have further expanded their practice by incorporating other participants, including the curator and the natural environment.
Curated by Alan Yeung, Same Line Twice opens on July 25 at Ink Studio, Beijing.
About the Artists
Hung Fai (b. 1988 in Hong Kong) graduated from the Fine Arts department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. Exploring both Chinese and Western media, Hung has developed unique expression and presentation techniques on both paper and canvas. Through deconstruction of elements in traditional Chinese ink paintings, his works are reconstructed conceptually with series of experimentation and transformation, and extend possibilities in ink painting. His works are collected by M+ Museum for Visual Culture and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.
Wai Pong-yu (b. 1982 in Hainan) moved to Hong Kong from Hainan at the age of two. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006. Wai has developed his own oeuvre with ink from ballpoint pen on paper, spinning the thread of his emotion and mind continuously as one line as it multiplies in rhizomatic manner. His subject matter often relates to the notion of the cosmos, time, nature, across the fields of juxtapositions and metaphysical forms. Wai’s work has been collected internationally by public museums and institutions including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford.