Chi Wing Lo conveys his vision of a civilization through a growing series of sculptures which he has conceived twenty years ago. The drawings from his first solo exhibition, Landscapes and Objects, Stuttgart 1992, continue to be a significant reference for his creative work as an architect and designer. After twenty years, he returned faithfully to these drawings, adhered to their spirit and form, and realised them afresh as sculptures.
From drawing to sculpture, from an imaginary object on a white piece of paper to an object in space, Lo wants to heighten the poetic tension between known and unknown, real and imaginary, familiar and enigmatic. This exactitude of ambivalence, Lo believes, will help his work to cut through the drifting current of time, and invite us to ponder on the true essence of poetry.
In response to the wide interest surrounding these sculptures, Lo began to present his first few works in a preview at the Salone del Mobile 2011 in Milan, then in 2012, in the solo exhibition: The Light & Soul of an Object at the Museo dell'Alto Tavoliere in San Severo, Italy. As this series of sculptures continues to grow, each begins to reveal a lost but found civilization levitated between reality and dream, as so evocatively visible in his solo exhibition: Journey of the Imagination at the Yi & C Contemporary Art Gallery in Taipei, 2012, and this exhibition, Vision of a Civilization, at Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery in Hong Kong.
The balance of the opposites, the transcendence of the impossibilities, the vigor of critical thoughts... Chi Wing Lo densely weaves all these together to form the fabric and structure of a civilization which he has always been longing for. At the same time, he is also a keen observer and a patient investigator, who records the discoveries of an imaginary civilization, and inspires us to explore the treasure from an imaginative realm.
Chi Wing Lo: Vision of a Civilization
11 January - 8 February 2013
Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, G/F, 20 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong