Hong Kong artist Frog King (a.k.a Kwok Mang Ho) will be showing works at renowned contemporary art spot 10 Chancery Lane Gallery until January 30, 2016
In his second solo exhibition at the gallery, Frog King will show a variety of mixed media, performance art, large and small scale canvases, screen work and a large in-situ installation — revealing the multitude of talents that he has become known for worldwide. The works have been curated by the gallery’s director, Katie de Tilly, allowing access to the general public to his pieces for the first time.
Often described as a conceptual artist, Frog King delves into areas that provoke thought on social issues and his own philosophies by incorporating skills such as calligraphy, painting and drawing. In addition to these mediums, the artist also employs recycled or found objects to heighten the impact of his installations, thus creating beauty and statement from items typically bound for landfill.
Many of the works in the exhibition feature his signature symbol, a stylised frog head with two protruding eyes. Others are highly laden with symbolism and imagery that herald from both east and west.
By fusing oriental and occidental tradition and iconography, he speaks not only to a larger audience, but also breaks down perceived barriers between cultures, showing how effortlessly the two can fit together. Frog King noted at the opening of the exhibition, “Every community is looking to be heard; it’s called multiculturalism. We are a melting pot. With multiculturalism, it means you respect your mother tongue.”
Of his obvious love for the creative and where he discovered his talents, Frog King recollects, “In childhood, I was trouble, a problem… but my hand was very sensitive. I could very slowly get to a dragonfly’s tail and catch it.” This sensitivity has been translated into these new works for all to see and appreciate.
And what about the dreaded question that most artists are posed with of who influences their work? “Well… John Cage is minimalism, but I am a maximalist,” he says definitively.
Venue: 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, G/F, 10 Chancery Lane, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong
Date: Until 30 January
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm. Closed Sunday, Monday and public holidays