Hong Kong-based curatorial office and gallery Mur Nomade presents the first solo exhibition of emerging Hong Kong artist Jovial Yeung. “In Peril” showcases glass, mixed media and installation works, drawing on the artist’s personal emotions and her strong concern for animal rights.
The exhibition follows the development of Jovial Yeung’s practice since her graduation with Honours from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2012. With precise, demanding and time-consuming technique, the artist creates touching works, expressing her attempts to deal with fragility and vulnerability. By projecting her emotions into glass blowing and flameworking, Jovial Yeung has advanced on her life path and progressed in her artistic development in a unique way and at her own pace, with both humility and tenacity.
The exhibition is divided into two areas facing each other: me and them. The first part brings together works that are personal explorations of fears and life challenges. Notably it includes the largest version of Jovial Yeung’s captivating installation ‘Revenge’, a group of hanging glass objects filled with a deep-red liquid and covered in countless black thorns, having a silent conversation with their own shadows.
The second part of the exhibition features Jovial Yeung’s ongoing series ‘The Victim’. These works are the materialization in glass and gold leaves on canvas of the artist’s overwhelming compassion for animals mistreated by humans. Since 2013, she has been researching on the treatments inflicted to what she calls ‘the victims of human selfishness’, their living conditions and their sufferings. Behind the impeccably presented and perfectly executed works are the artist’s tears, torment and pain. The exhibition presents selected pieces recently added to what could be an endless series.
With ‘In Peril’, Jovial Yeung offers a moving and though-provoking exhibition. The delicate works are full of contrasts and display fascinating plays of shadows. Different angles reveal different moods. In the silence space, the artist invites visitors to an experience, to feel both mesmerized and unsafe.
- Jovial Yeung, The Victim Bear (detail), 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Mur Nomade
- Jovial Yeung, My Right Wrist (detail), 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Mur Nomade
- Jovial Yeung, Revenge (installation detail), 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Mur Nomade