Odds and Ends
Curated by Kalen Wing Ki LEE
June 16 - July 22, 2023
Glo Cheuk Yan CHAN / Dr. Deyn / Ashton HUI / Kalen Wing Ki LEE /
Sammi Wing Sum MAK / KY Ka Ying WONG / Nicholas Yu Bon WONG
Hong Kong — Odds and Ends is pleased to present a group exhibition titled LOVE at Odds and Ends at the gallery space from June 16th - July 22nd, 2023, curated in collaboration with LOVE, an LGBTQ+ focus artist collective based in Hong Kong led by curator Kalen Wing Ki Lee, to showcase eight emerging LGBTQ+ artists, including Lee himself, Glo Cheuk Yan Chan and Dr. Deyn, Ashton Hui, Sammi Wing Sum Mak, KY Ka Ying Wong, Nicholas Yu Bon Wong and Monique Yim.
Curatorial Statement by Kalen Wing Ki Lee
It was December 2021. I was conducting a visiting fellowship in San Francisco. I was greeted and moved by many beautiful encounters in the LGBTQIA+ communities. Artists, curators and art administrators work unitedly and amicably for the queer communities regardless of their genders, cultural backgrounds and sexual preferences. There was this calling: it is imperative to work for the community regardless of where you are and who you are. We found LOVE, an artist collective based in Hong Kong serving the LGBTQIA+ and queer-friendly communities.
In June 2023 the Pride Month, we work with odds and ends gallery that is not accidental, perhaps serendipitous. LOVE debuted at the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2022 where we met odds and ends. It was love at first sight. We respect each other: vision, taste, and charisma. The exhibition we present here LOVE at odds and ends exemplifies our commons: a group exhibition of emerging queer artists from Hong Kong, Asia and beyond, and a tasteful selection of contemporary arts to redefine what artmaking means to us and the communities. Artists and artworks that we presented in this exhibition is diverse. We work with 8 artists from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and the UK of CIS male and female, gender non-binary and a brave one who is undergoing transitioning. The artistic practices range from photography, painting, sculpture, literature and mixed media; whereas subject matters include self-expression, identity formation, exploration of same-sex relationship, and what and how cultural and societal milieux have imprinted on us. The selected artwork, we hope, is loving, refreshing and empowering.
Lots of LOVE. x