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*TEAR AND CONSUME: An Art Experiment (2018) by CHANG.

Left to right: Net Neutrality, Compos Mentis, Artificial Intelligence.
*TEAR AND CONSUME: An Art Experiment (2018), Ernest Chang.
Giclée print on archival paper, 15" x 12" (30.5cm x 38.1cm).

Exhibition Dates: November 19 – December 18, 2018
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11AM - 7PM

THE STALLERY
82A Stone Nullah Lane
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

INSTALLATION VIEW

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

This series of acrylic, glue and printed paper works referencing pop-culture including Anime and Pokemon Go, subcultures which are now ubiquitous in Hong Kong, takes aim at the heart of modern-day consumerism and our rapidly escalating obsession with validation and reward through our need to accumulate ‘things.’ The ‘experiment,’ pushes this further, with Chang willing to sacrifice these works by offering them up to the mercy of the general public, who will be granted 30 minutes during the opening night in which to tear the works in whichever way they see fit, all whilst fully documenting their experience on social media. Attendees will be required to sign a ‘Terms and Conditions’ document in order to participate, enforcing the requirement to record and disseminate the process on social media in order to ensure it generates new artistic expression.

Chang sets out to create works and an event that reflects the often voracious and cannibalistic experience in which Hong Kongers find themselves - one pressured by a society where consumerism and social endorsement are revered, despite the inherent undertone of addiction. One in which the unobtainable-to-most real estate market is overwhelming and fragmenting communities much like the artists Wan Chai home, whilst pushing the young and creative to the margins of society. And one which is rapidly fostering a disposable culture where more significance is attributed to the lifestyle to which you aspire, rather than serious investigation of the inalienable rights to which you are made to cede in which to achieve this end. The real estate flyers, the grubby detritus of a relentless pursuit of material improvement, which litter the streets outside his gallery are manifested in the works, which feature 7 layers of terms and conditions paper from such modern leviathans as Google, iCloud, WhatsApp, WeChat, PornHub, Instagram and Facebook. These sit unseen beneath the bold and delineated figures, which are intended to represent the sanitised yet vanilla perfectness of modern generated printing, but on closer inspection show themselves to be imperfect, human and impressionist in style. This intentional appearance seeks to cast doubt in the mind of the tearers, to interrogate whether they are both comfortable and happy to ‘destroy’ and consume a creative process 6 months in the making. Will the transitory significance of their social media successes negate any moral rectitude they may face in ‘consuming’ another works so completely?

EXHIBITED WORKS

Charging Issue
Charging Issue

Charging Issue

HK$3,000.00
Artificial Intelligence by Ernest Chang, featuring MewTwo from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood
Artificial Intelligence by Ernest Chang, featuring MewTwo from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood

Artificial Intelligence

HK$3,000.00
Little Things by Ernest Chang, featuring Misty from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood
Little Things by Ernest Chang, featuring Misty from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood

Little Things

HK$3,000.00
Silent Gentrification by Ernest Chang, featuring Pichu from Pokemon collaged with Hong Kong real estate flyers found around Wanchai neighbourhood.
Silent Gentrification by Ernest Chang, featuring Pichu from Pokemon collaged with Hong Kong real estate flyers found around Wanchai neighbourhood.

Silent Gentrification

HK$3,000.00
Princess Syndrome by Ernest Chang, featuring a woman looking at her phone collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood
Princess Syndrome by Ernest Chang, featuring a woman looking at her phone collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood

Princess Syndrome

HK$13,000.00
Net Neutrality by Ernest Chang, featuring Gengar from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood
Net Neutrality by Ernest Chang, featuring Gengar from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood

Net Neutrality

HK$3,000.00
Instant Man by Ernest Chang, featuring James from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood
Instant Man by Ernest Chang, featuring James from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood

Instant Man

HK$3,000.00
Science-Based Vanity by Ernest Chang, featuring Jessie from Pokemon collaged with Hong Kong real estate flyers found around Wanchai neighbourhood.
Science-Based Vanity by Ernest Chang, featuring Jessie from Pokemon collaged with Hong Kong real estate flyers found around Wanchai neighbourhood.

Science-Based Vanity

HK$3,000.00
 Big Data by Ernest Chang, featuring Meowth from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood
 Big Data by Ernest Chang, featuring Meowth from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood

Big Data

HK$3,000.00
Unsolicited Advice by Ernest Chang, featuring Eevee from Pokemon collaged on Hong Kong real estate flyers found in Wanchai neighbourhood
Unsolicited Advice by Ernest Chang, featuring Eevee from Pokemon collaged on Hong Kong real estate flyers found in Wanchai neighbourhood

Unsolicited Advice

HK$3,000.00
 Compos Mentis by Ernest Chang, featuring Ash from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood
 Compos Mentis by Ernest Chang, featuring Ash from Pokemon collaged with ornaments and words found on Hong Kong real estate flyers around Wanchai neighbourhood

Compos Mentis

HK$3,000.00
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