Title: Same Line Twice 22 Dates: May 21 – June 7, 2020 Location: Hung Fai’s studio, Chai Wan Participants: Hung Fai, Wai Pong-yu Tools and materials: unsized xuan paper; black ink pens; metal ruler; electric blow-dryer and iron; plants; laundry and towels. Size: 362 x 107 cm Interaction: both artists sit on the near long side of the paper. After drawing a line across its entire width, each gains a chance to move over to the other side and perform a daily activity that changes the paper’s wetness. The artists work on an extra-long sheet of xuan paper to simulate Wai’s narrow studio. Shuttling left and right on rolling chairs along the paper’s bottom edge, they limit the composition to their arms’ reach. During the first half of the multi-day drawing process, the paper’s width entails a slower rhythm, with the artists spending much time in their respective halves and rarely meeting in the middle.
The meetings take on a special significance because of the artists’ agreement to control the paper’s moisture through ritual roleplay. Only after drawing a line across the entire width of the paper does each artist earn an opportunity to conduct a daily activity on the far side—watering plants in Hung’s case, and washing and drying clothes in Wai’s. Thereby each artist periodically and temporarily transports himself away towards a different state of mind.
Towards the top half of the composition, the artists roam more freely, interweaving and extending each other’s lines. The drawing unavoidably tends towards a landscape: the washes appear as mist and clouds, the lines as waves and mountains. The artists disrupt the illusionistic suggestion with assertive surface marks like scratches, hatching, and long ruled lines, but also welcome it as a pleasant surprise. Returning from our boat trip to Hong Kong’s southern waters (see the following entry), they discover almost identical scenery here.
日期：2020年5月21日 – 6月7日 地点：熊辉柴湾工作室 参与者：熊辉、韦邦雨 工具和材料：生宣、黑色墨水笔，铁尺、电吹风机、电熨斗、植物、衣物、毛巾 尺寸：362 x 107 公分