TOMATO GREY TEN YEARS AFTER: A LITTLE GREYER HIGHLIGHT
|When||1 Jun 2021 - 30 Jun 2021|
213 E 121st St
New York, NY 10028
Tomato Grey was born out of serendipity: a group of individuals in New York city, held together only by their connection to Hong Kong. They were students, students turned O1 visas holders, exchange artists who sought connection, immigrants who sought futures. Some have since left New York. Some stayed behind (some stayed in spirit, or, over zoom). What distinguishes TGers’ coming together is a sort of pragmatism that is almost relentless – TGers share tasks, share resources, and sometimes projects futures. “Project-based.” TG is a common that is without collectivity.
It’s been ten years since the group’s first exhibition at White Box, and Hong Kong is facing unprecedented challenges. TG has never burdened itself with the task of representation, but as time went by, it would appear that the connections that held the project together has become even more ambiguous and tenuous. Tomato Grey Ten Years Later: a little greyer is a reflection on, and reassertion of, the work of TG, as an idea and a project.
Tomato Grey artists:
Kwong Pui See, Bing Lee, Annysa Ng, Wong Kit Yi, Samson Young, Kaho Yu
About Tomato Grey
Based in New York, Tomato Grey is a Hong Kong-artist collective comprised of artists across
disciplines. Tomato Grey is devoted to:
- The promotion of Hong Kong Art in New York City.
- The fostering of cultural exchange and mutual appreciation between practitioners of arts in Hong Kong and in New York.
- The raising of awareness of the many facets of Hong Kong’s creative activities, which is achieved through regular exhibitions, performances, public lectures and other cultural activities.
Tomato is neither a fruit nor a vegetable, while grey is an achromatic color. Tomato Grey we take to signify a state of constant flux, a gesture towards embracing, rather than rejecting, this state of constant drift. As a collective of artists from Hong Kong – a city of perpetual cultural motion – we do not believe in the act of disambiguation as a cultural strategy and artistic goal, as it leads an forged singularity of origin that is dependent upon the political climate au currant. Rather, only by acknowledging the full extend of our multi-cultural, multi-national and multi-faceted heritage will then a genuine geographically-relevant artistic voice emerge.
Bing Lee was born in China. He grew up in Hong Kong and moved to New York in 1979. Lee came to United States on a scholarship studying fine arts at Columbus College of Art and Design in 1973. After received his B.F.A degree in 1977, Lee continued his graduate studies at Syracuse University on scholarship and a full teaching assistantship.
Lee’s works have been exhibited in art festivals, galleries and museums internationally. He is a recipient of several awards, including the Fulbright Foundation Fellowship 2003, New York State Council on the Arts 1994, New York Foundation for the Arts, Gregory Millard fellowship 1993, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship 1991, Hong Kong Independent Film Festival Best Experimental film 1979, and Ford Foundation 1978
Lee established the Bing Lee Studio in 1990, and has been commissioned to design and install site-specific public art projects, including the Canal Street Subway Station in New York City, the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee, Kowloon Tong Station in Hong Kong, Townsend Harris High School, Public School 88 & Public School 242 public schools in New York. Lee is founding member of Tomato Grey, Godzilla-Asian American Arts Network, Epoxy Art Group in New York, and Visual Art Society in Hong Kong.
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Annysa Ng is a New York-based, Hong Kong-born artist. She studied fine art at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenen Künste in Germany and School of Visual Arts in New York. She was awarded Creative Engagement Grants from LMCC, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, 2009/10 Fellowship recipient from the Urban Artist Initiative/NYC, Osaka Governor Prize by Nippon Modern Fine Arts Association, Fellowship for Mural Workshop at the National Academy Museum and School in NYC, and Residency at Egon Schiele Art Centrum in Czech Republic. She launched her first solo show in New York in 2005 and her first solo show in London in 2009. Ng’s works have been exhibited internationally including the SCOPE art fair in Basel, ‘Young Artists from New York 2007’ at the Egon Schiele Art Centrum in the Czech Republic, the Arts Collection NICHIGENTEN at Osaka Municipal Arts Museum in Japan, The 9th Chinese National Art Exhibition in Beijing, and ‘What Is Feminist Art?’ at The Archives of American Art in Smithsonian Institution. Her work has been collected by the Deutsche Bank, Stadtbücherei Stuttgart City Library in Germany, Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Georg v. Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co.KG, Germany. In 2008, she was named one of the Ten Talents to Watch by the London Times.
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Wong Kit Yi lives and works between New York and Hong Kong. Exploring biological answers to metaphysical questions, she deals with odd scientific findings and the dysfunctional relationship between what is considered science and pseudoscience. Wong also investigates the contractual relationship, working with such ideas as patron collaboration through the 99-year leases for her artworks.
Her most recent works have been included in projects organized by Public Art Fund (New York, 2020); TANK Museum (Shanghai, 2020); Para Site (Hong Kong, 2019); Surplus Space (Wuhan, 2018); the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (Riga, 2017). Reviews of her work have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Art in America, Contemporary Art Daily, e-flux conversations, Art21, ArtReview, ARTnews, ArtAsiaPacific, and Art Newspaper etc. She has been selected for the Chinati Foundation Artist in Residence program (Marfa, 2021), where she will walk to and from between Mexico and the US to explore meteorological borders. She received an MFA from Yale University, and has been teaching university courses about performance, video art and new media. When she is not teaching, she loves lecturing people in her signature karaoke-inspired lecture format. She is the co-chair of LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Hong Kong, and a die-hard member of KFC (kombucha fan club).
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Multi-disciplinary artist Samson Young (born 1979, Hong Kong) works in sound, performance, video, and installation. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Princeton University in 2013. In 2017, he represented Hong Kong at the 57th Venice Biennale. Other solo projects include the De Appel, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; SMART Museum, Chicago; Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art in Manchester; M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Ryosoku-in at Kenninji Temple, Kyoto; and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, among others. Selected group exhibitions include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Gropius Bau, Berlin; Performa 19, New York; Biennale of Sydney; Shanghai Biennale; National Museum of Art, Osaka; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Ars Electronica, Linz; and documenta 14: documenta radio, among others. In 2020, he was awarded the inaugural Uli Sigg Prize. His works are in the collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Mori Art Museum, Japan; and Kadist.
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Kwong Pui See
Born in Hong Kong, Kwong is a promoter, curator and producer for film and cross-disciplinary arts practices. Currently the Programme Director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre, she is committed to nurture and promote the next generation of arts talents. Kwong has been leading the ifva (Incubator for Film and Visual media in Asia), a short film and media arts awards and festival between 2004 and 2014.
Kwong has been invited to give presentations and curate programs about Hong Kong + Asian independent cinema for oversea festivals/ institutions in the United Kingdom, United States, Singapore, China and Poland, etc. She has been awarded a Starr Foundation fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council to conduct research and undertake residencies at arts organizations specializing in film and media arts in New York (Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and Electronic Arts Intermix – video art distributor) and Los Angeles (REDCAT, the California Institute of the Arts) in 2007 – 2008.
Kwong is also one of the active independent film producers in town and working with a number of up-and-coming filmmakers in Hong Kong and China since 2006. She has been selected to participate in the renowned Produire au Sud Workshop 2008 – Nantes (France) and Rotterdam Producer Lab 2013 for co-production. Addicted to Love (directed by LIU Hao, 2010), as an official selection in the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Cyclo d’or award winner (the 17th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema 2011), is her debut feature producing project. Kwong has been closely working with Tsang Tsui Shan since 2007 and produces Tsang’s latest feature Big Blue Lake (2011, the best new director of the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards 2012 and Jury Prix for Asian New Talent Awards, the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival) and Flowing Stories (feature documentary, 2014). Kwong has founded dot 2 dot Production Limited together with Amos WHY in 2013. She has produced WHY’s feature debut Dot 2 dot (2014, “Film of Merit” by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards in 2015) and Napping Kid (2018, the best editing nomination of the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards). She also produces Suk Suk (Ray Yeung, 2019) which has screened in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival 2020 and got the Golden Horse Film Awards’ best feature nomination. She is one of the three international mentors for the Southeast Asian Film Lab of the Singapore International Film Festival 2019.
Kwong has been invited to be the jury member of various international film festivals, including the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Women Film Festival in Seoul, Kaohsiung International Film Festival, International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, Busan International Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival (NETPAC awards) etc.
Kwong is the external examiner for the Hong Kong Design institute’s Transmedia program from 2016 onwards. She is a member of the board of directors of Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong (an incubator for cross-disciplinary practices in music, sound, and technology). She is also a founding member for the Tomato Grey (http://tomatogrey.net), a Hong Kong-artists collective across disciplines, with a devotion to the promotion of Hong Kong Art in New York city.
Kaho Albert Yu is an animation and new media artist whose works often employ computer graphics, photography and digital technology. Over the past twenty plus years, Kaho has also been a software engineer, a technical director for feature animation films including Shrek 2 and the Ice Age series, an assistant professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong and a bicycle workshop owner.
Kaho received a BE in Computer Engineering from the University of New South Wales, and a MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts. His experimental animations have been awarded and selected by various international film and new media art festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, interFilm Berlin, SIGGRAPH, and Festival du nouveau cinéma.
His current interest is in the spatial aspect of VR storytelling. He is currently working on a VR animation with the support from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
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