Howie Tsui: The Cradle Rocks Above An Abyss
27 January - 9 March 2024
Hanart TZ Gallery
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Howie Tsui: The Cradle Rocks Above An Abyss

Artist’s Reception:    2 December 2023 (Saturday), 2–6 pm
Exhibition Period:    2 December 2023 to 13 January 2024
Hanart TZ Gallery:   2/F Mai On Industrial Building, 17-21 Kung Yip Street, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong

To kick off 2024, Hanart TZ Gallery is delighted to present the exhibition Howie Tsui: The Cradle Rocks Above An Abyss, the first solo exhibition in Hong Kong by the noted multimedia artist Howie Tsui. The exhibition will feature a selection of his latest works representing his oeuvre of the past few years, including his key media work and multimedia installations featured in the Macao International Art Biennale 2023, as well a series of his latest ink paintings.

The opening reception, in the presence of the artist, will take place on Saturday, 27 January 2024, from 2 to 6pm, at Hanart TZ Gallery.

The exhibition will continue through 9 March 2024.

Howie Tsui (b. 1978)    
The Banquet    2023    Paint Pigment and Ink on Mulberry Paper Mounted on Silk    106.5 x 218 cm
Image courtesy of the artist and Hanart TZ Gallery

About Howie Tsui

Howie Tsui (徐浩恩, b. 1978, Hong Kong – raised in Lagos and Thunder Bay) is based in Vancouver.

Working in ink brush, sound sculptures, lenticular lightboxes and installations, Tsui constructs tense, fictive environments that undermine venerated art forms and narrative genres, often stemming from the tradition of Chinese martial arts literature. He employs a stylized form of derisive and exaggerated imagery as a way to satirize and disarm broadening regimes and their programs of cultural hegemony. The most notable branch of his practice involves the use of algorithmic animation sequences to raise questions about order, chaos and the potential for social harmony through self-organized societies. Tsui synthesizes diverging socio-cultural anxieties around superstition, trauma, surveillance and otherness through a distinctly outsider lens to cast light onto liminal and diasporic experiences.

Tsui received Canada Council’s Joseph Stauffer Prize in 2005 and was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2018. He holds a BFA from the University of Waterloo.

Howie Tsui pictured with his work Retainers of Anarchy, 2017, on display as part of the Outlaw exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2022-2024
Photo © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Felicity Jenkins

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Glenbow Museum (2023), Art Windsor-Essex (2022), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2021), The Power Plant, Toronto (2020), Ringling Museum of Art, US (2020); Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver (2020); Ottawa Art Gallery (2019); OCAT Museum, Xi’an (2018); and Vancouver Art Gallery (2017).

Selected Group Exhibitions

Macao International Art Biennale (2023); Art Gallery of New South Wales (2022), Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2021); Vancouver Art Gallery (2021); Asia Now, Paris (2019); Ottawa Art Gallery (2018); Art Labor, Shanghai (2015); Dalhousie Art Gallery, Nova Scotia (2015); Para Site, Hong Kong (2014); the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2014); and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2013).

Public Collections

National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Canada Council Art Bank, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Ottawa Art Gallery, City of Ottawa, Global Affairs Canada, RBC Collection, Centre d’exposition de Baie-Saint-Paul and M+ Museum of Visual Culture.

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