Bumping into Each Other at a Crossroad in Life

Asia Art Archive and Art Promotion Office co-present the Artist Talk Series for 2009-2010.

Two artists
A Hong Konger whose English is better than Chinese; A ‘Dong Guanese’ who barely makes it into the Guangzhou circle.
A Hong Kong artist whose work is considered senseless, even to the people of Hong Kong; A Dong Guan artist who did well at school, but is considered a slacker by his friends because he did not translate that success into becoming a businessman.
The two souls enjoy rummaging through forgotten trivia, extracting proverbs from petty matters.
They cross paths just beyond the Shenzhen-Guangzhou Super-highway, chatting about art and life, babbling about themselves and others, affecting each other at the edge of the Pearl River Delta… 

About the artists
Magdalen Wong received her BFA in General Sculptural Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art, 2003, and her MFA in Sculpture with a Trustee Merit scholarship in 2005 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also attended the Salzburg Summer Academy with the 2005 Hayward Prize of the Salzburg Stiftung from the American Austrian Foundation. Recently awarded the Freeman Foundation Asian Artists’ Fellowship, Wong will attend the Vermont Studio Center Residency for two months in 2010. She is a member of the i.e. artist group, based in the United States, in which she collaborates with six other artists to organize international art events and exhibitions. Her work examines the possibility of sculpture via daily life. She has participated in group shows and performances internationally. Currently, Wong is a lecturer at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Li Jinghu was born in Dongguan, Guangdong province in 1972, where he now lives and works. He graduated from the Art College of Guangzhou Huanan Normal University in 1996. His work examines the changing of life in the vastly developed city and village. His solo show ‘No Problem’ was held at the Shenzhen Academy of Sculpture in 2006 and he has participated in group shows in Shenzhen, Beijing and Hong Kong.