John Hui was born in Hong Kong in 1993. Hui attained his BA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, University of Arts London in 2016. Hui currently lives and works in Hong Kong and London, UK.
Hui works between Fine Art and Design, finding recourse in the act of indulging his ideas in a vast array of medium and nature.
Eminently, abstraction and minimalism are continuous characteristics in his work. Through interpreting and processing the essence of things, it recontextualises them and allows new perspectives to be engaged with.
In his recent artwork, he developed an interest in the function of digital images, the realities it constructs and its dream-like-qualities. In so doing, he asks his subjects to recall their most memorable dream experiences and reinterpret these stories through digital media, i.e. computer-game and films. Questioning the nature of experiences: is the lived experience the work, or is the memory imprinted in the audience the work itself?
Hui’s work has been showcased and presented in numerous exhibitions and events both in Hong Kong and the UK. His notable exhibitions include ones at the Aspary Gallery, London (2015); The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC), Hong Kong (2014); Wayward Gallery, London (2014); ACME Project Space, UK (2013). In 2016, Hui had the opportunity to present his work at Google HQ, Hong Kong. Also, In 2012, he won an international Art competition, titled Who are you?, hosted by the Arts University of Bournemouth, UK. His work was being showcased on billboards throughout the UK.
In my work, I tend to give a vague narrative to the story that I intend to tell. By distancing the narrative and story through their forms and contradicting /contrasting appearances, reality is set in constant conflict. In this way I hope to produce abstracted ideas and new meanings.
I see abstraction as a great way to develop a different understanding of the way we see images and exploiting technology. Perhaps for many, technology and social media are seen as tools, which they have some control over, i.e. that they can put their cell phones down or disconnect from the internet like a temporary vacation from all the information and digital chaos.
As Marshall McLuhan has famously put it, 'The medium is the message' and late on adapted to 'The medium is the massage'. I believe that the 'message' (or nature) of technology is deeply rooted within us since the beginning, it is not something that can be reversed culturally or perceptually. Though, pessimism is not implied here, but rather, it calls for an urge to grasp technology's ambiguous nature and an urge to question our 'massaged' beings.
I see my work as being eminently social and practical. My works might manifest in many different forms and appear to be very different to each other. But the core idea that bounds my practice together is the dialogue created that responds to the construct of worldly experiences or 'realities'. In a way that it recognises the potentials in technology upheld by neoliberalistic societies.
To make art is not to answer, but to reason and negotiate.
1993 Born in Hong Kong
2016 Graduated in BA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
Present Work in London and Hong Kong
Selected group exhibitions
2016 The Economist Gallery of Numbers, Google HQ, Hong Kong
2016 Chelsea Fine Art Degree Show, Chelsea College of Arts, London – In collaboration with Bob Bicknell-Knight
2015 Lost Cache, Apiary Gallery, London
2014 Passport to Pimlico: May Day Art Day, Churchill Gardens Estate, London, UK
2014 When Arts Meet, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC), Hong Kong
2014 BASH, Wayward Gallery, London, UK
2013 C3, ACME Project Space, London, UK
2013 When Arts Meet, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong
2012 Central Saint Martin’s Foundation Show, Central Saint Martin's, London, UK
2012 Winner of the International Art competition Who Are You?, The Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth, UK
David Carroll Fine Art Prize, St John's College, UK
Design and Technology Subject Prize, St John's College, UK
2010 Jenkins Art and Ceramic Prize, St John's College, UK
2009 David Carroll Fine Art Prize, St John's College, UK
2016-Ongoing BANYE, London, UK
2015 Unspoken, Hong Kong
2014 Frontier Economics, London, UK
2012 Mar Art Student knows exactly who he is, The News, Portsmouth, UK
2011 Sep A room now with a view, The News, Portsmouth, UK
2011 Jun School end of year art show open to public, The News, Portsmouth, UK
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