Kanny Yeung, Conjunction, 2022, Oil on canvas, 91 x 91 cm
Hong Kong — Odds and Ends is pleased to present Hong Kong artist Kanny Yeung’s first solo exhibition, Woo. The exhibition derives its title from Yeung’s most recent series of abstract paintings, born from her continued interest in the meditative powers of abstraction. Accompanying the exhibition will also be curated events led by Hong Kong artist Sin and sound healer Grace Mak which will take place throughout the exhibition period. Woo will be on view from 22 September to 31 October, 2022. A silent viewing session will be held on opening day 22 September from 2 - 5pm, followed by an opening reception from 6 - 9 pm.
Kanny Yeung’s current practice is anchored in the confluence of mindfulness and art, exploring notions of neuroaesthetics and the emotive qualities of both the creation and reception of abstract art. The enduring appeal of abstract art lies in its ability to free our minds from the dominance of reality, and accessing a meditative state of mind alongside the profound healing it brings. To Yeung, practicing abstraction is a means of metabolising the world, and an active training of the mind that increases awareness and emphasises emotional acceptance. Her plant and book-filled studio is an environment that helps her arrive to that state of mind, enabling a meditative state of focus that is translated into flowing abstract forms.
Kanny Yeung, Volatilize, 2022, Oil on canvas, 102 x 76 cm
As an avid reader, Yeung imbues her paintings with the same resurrectional power found in written words, visualised in spiritually harmonious compositions that emphasise the emotional properties of colour and form. Several paintings from this series are also accompanied by poems written by Yeung in her new artist book, providing guided narratives through which viewers can experience her work.
Difficult to capture or hold permanently,
it is characterized by rapid change,
subject to the unexpected.
It has inherent lightness or a fickleness of disposition.
Unable to hold attention fixed, easily aroused.
Flying, or having the power to fly.
- Volatilize, 2022 -
Kanny Yeung, Spirit, 2022, Oil on canvas, 102 x 76 cm
Exploring afresh the link between mindfulness and creativity, paintings from the Woo series are inspired by her affinity for nature and poetry, visually manifesting in both abstracted forms of nature and autonomous forms that are free from mimetic conventions. Works such as Spirit, 2022 exemplify Yeung’s artistic acuity to the diversity of abstraction, it is also within this spectrum of abstraction in which her paintings activate a state of mind- wandering that creates new emotional and cognitive associations. Her paintings endlessly oscillate between sensory overload and deprivation, transforming the gallery into a nondenominational space of nurture.
Echoing Yeung’s meditative practice, Hong Kong artist Sin and sound healer Grace Mak were invited to curate site-specific events for this exhibition. Inspired by the mathematical Bézier curve and the cathartic effect of geometric patterns, Sin will create a site-specific painting as live performance. Whereas sound healer Grace Mak will host two private sessions of singing bowl for reserved guests, offering moments of introspection and inviting guests to enter a meditative state of relaxation.
Live painting performance by Sin
1 October 2022 (Saturday) , 12pm onwards
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Hong Kong based artist Sin graduated with a Higher Diploma in Visual communications before embarking on a career as carpenter and decorator. His practice is highly influenced by his carpentry experience, often working with woodcarving, stippling, and engaging highly laborious processes. Sin’s current works are inspired scientific, mathematical and philosophical concepts. Adopting the visual form of the Bézier curve, his thread and ink paintings emphasise the cathartic power of repetition and geometry, bringing to surface the tension between carefully calculated compositions and the uncertainties of gestural mark-making.
Singing bowl with Grace Mak 1st session
16 October 2022 (Sunday) , 4 - 5 pm
Singing bowl with Grace Mak 2nd session
23 October 2022 (Sunday) , 4 - 5 pm
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Grace Mak is a sound healer who utilises sound and vibrations from singing bowls and tuning forks to achieve healing results. She incorporates hypnotherapy in the practice to create a complete well-being journey for the participants. Her passion is to facilitate those participating to start a self discovery journey. Mak is a Certified Singing Bowl & Tuning Fork Practitioner, Certified Hypnotherapist and Past Life Hypnotherapist, and an Akashic Records Practitioner.