Signs and the City 城市的標記 | 趙綺婷水彩畫展 Elaine Chiu's Solo Exhibition
藝術家趙綺婷透過繪畫街道中的招牌，反映香港 - 我城的獨有面貌。招牌在香港城市景貌擔當重要角色，除了指路、塑造地標等的實際功能，招牌的設計、書法字體和工藝造法，側面反映了香港人的文化、性格和民間生活與藝術。香港的街道離不開字，街道上可以說是字、街、畫相融，充滿各類圖像化的標記。對於趙綺婷來說，街道招牌文化她反思和探索個人文化和身分的構成，思考書法、霓虹等等對香港人視覺身分的深遠影響。
Depicting traditional billboards which can be easily found in the streets of Hong Kong has been the theme which artist Elaine Chiu is prompt to manifest in her paintings. Billboards in Hong Kong are taking a substantial role in the Hong Kong streetscape constitute. Not only limited to the functional uses of billboards like serving as landmarks or telling directions, their designs, fonts and traditional workmanship also give us a hint on the local culture. They suggest about the personality and colours of local lifestyles, perhaps how art is assimilated in the local community. You can see exotic Chinese characters and signs all over the streets in Hong Kong in this and that corner. The billboard culture has urged artist Elaine Chiu to ponder over one’s identity, for example the importance of calligraphy and neon lights to our local recognition as a Hong-Konger.
Urban reconstruction has been propelled in recent years to give our city a new look. The other way round numerous traditional billboards are removed under the speedy pace of urban renewal. Artist Elaine Chiu would love to conserve the lovely billboards landscape under her brushes. The billboards which aged concurrent with the old Hong Kong shall be preserved in the hearts of the locals.
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Exhibition period: 11 Jul 2019 to 26 Aug 2019
Venue: Eslite, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong 尖沙嘴誠品書店
Time: 10am - 10pm
My Sharing Session: 3 Aug, 2019. 3pm - 5pm at second floor of Eslite.
Looking forward to seeing you there~