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    Contemporary by Angela Li is proud to present Midnight Sun, solo exhibition of Hong Kong artist Tang Kwong San, curated by Jims Lam. Tang often deploys flash photography at night as part of his creative process. To him, exposing light on mundane objects that can be found along streets, such as trees and small  creatures,  is  a  means  of  isolating  subject  matter  from  the  darkness.  A  flash takes  only  a  split  second,  but recreating these subjects on canvas is a lengthy process. This allows Tang to retreat to his internal dialogue between gazing  at  night,  which  is  intuitive,  and  his  impulse  to  create  harmonic  scenery.  Anentirely  new  body  of  works showcased  in  this  exhibition  is  a  series  of  figurative  paintings  that  takes  on  the  human  form  with  collages  woven together with urban trees and fashion garments, whilst the trunks metaphorically represent the human body. The notion of concealing an organic body in camouflage acts as the artist’s central motif. While Tang casts a sharp eye onto how nature’s resources can be reduced to consumer products, he visualizes how they slip into daily life and crystallizes into our desire for nature. The exhibition opening will be held on Thursday 15th September, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and will remain on view until 29 October, 2022. The artist and curator will be present at the opening.

    “Surrounded by night, I flash light at the wood and seek its reflection. A tree illuminates and cuts through the darkness. It reminds me of my identity, which is related to my name “”(San) – vibrant, luxuriant, or simply wood on fire.” — Tang Kwong San 

    Tang Kwong San (b.1992) was born in China and moved to Hong Kong during his childhood. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) from RMIT University, Australia (joint degree with Hong Kong Art School) in 2019. Tang’s  artistic  practice  pivots  around  combining  photographs,  drawings,  objects  and  videos  that  trace intergenerational family memories and social history. Through the motions of reorganising and reinterpreting old belongings,  family  photo  albums  and   plethora  of  documents  in  various  media,  Tang  accomplishes  an anachronistic aesthetic way of presentation. In doing so, it is Tang’s attempt to divulge the subtle, intricate and complex connections between the emotions of loss and a sense of longing.