The Standard | Self-confrontational style that breeds metamorphosis | 20240616

16 June, 2024

Hong Kong artist Jeremy Fung is recognized for his unique and immersive style.

His works, which span diverse mediums, delve into profound themes such as the nature of existence and the intricate dynamics of family and personal relationships, offering a fresh and captivating perspective.

Fung’s artistic practice is deeply personal, rooted in keen observation and critical self-examination. He believes the interplay of various coequal forms and modes of understanding facilitates a dialogue between individual and social knowledge.

His creations, born out of this process of self-confrontation, serve as a tool for him to better comprehend his own life and direction. They echo German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s tenet that our lives are inseparable from us. This personal connection in Fung’s art invites the audience to reflect on their lives and experiences.

In the year he graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s art faculty, Fung was awarded the 2014 Australia China Arts Foundation Award. He received his master of arts degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016.

Fung’s tactile and varying-scale pieces have been showcased in numerous local group and solo exhibitions in recent years.

Through his experimental approach and introspective themes, his art invites viewers to engage with the nuances of human existence and self-knowledge, fostering a deeply personal and transformative dialogue between the artist and his audience.

This transformative aspect of his work can inspire viewers to see their own lives and experiences in a new light.

Fung’s latest solo exhibition, Metamorphosis, showcases 12 new works.

It runs until June 29 at SC Gallery in Wong Chuk Hang, and offers a distinct perspective, inviting the audience to delve deeper into his artistic journey.

In this exhibition, the artist uses wood as his medium of choice, tapping into its symbolic resonance with nature, growth, and renewal.

By manipulating the wood through scorching, staining and distressing techniques, Fung creates weathered, aged surfaces that expose the material’s intricacies.

His scenes, inspired by memory and spontaneous improvisation, capture the essence of nature through freehand brushwork.

Fung’s approach recontextualises natural subjects, presenting them in their wild, primitive state. The result is a body of work that elicits a sense of introspection, inviting viewers to contemplate history, decay and memory.

This show is worth visiting.

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of Tai Kwun Culture & Arts Co Ltd