"While It Goes By" Stephanie Sin | Fan Yan
Cheer Bell Gallery is pleased to announce While It Goes By – a two-person exhibition bringing together the works of Stephanie Sin and Fan Yan.
While It Goes By has a metaphorical meaning to our encounter with a piece of work. In the exhibition, both artists adopt painting as a device to create pausing moments for viewers, offering them an excursion to revisit physical places, memories, as well as pulses and notes within a piece of music slowly and quietly.
Perception can be muddled by visual experience, happenings in the city, past experience, age, memories and sound. Freeing up from nowadays hyper-realistic society, Stephanie Sin’s exaggerated colour palettes and distorted landscapes are surreal yet suggestive. Her works create an interesting paradox of the reality and illusionary spaces. The seemingly ‘artificial’ colours in her works offer viewers an ambiguous atmosphere and void although the subject matter is explicit in comparison.
‘It is the physical space that I am interested in, it always provokes one’s inner feelings about the very idea of reality.’ - Stephanie Sin
In a different way Fan Yan, coming from a musical background being a classically trained violinist and viola player; composes her works in a fairly abstract way to allow viewers a completely free interpretation. She reconciles her visual sense with her musical mind by transforming her inner rhythms, melodies and harmonies into beautiful lines, shapes and colours. This can be seen especially in her Music Series in particular.
‘I can link my works with classical music such as the Masters Bach and Schubert.’ - Fan Yan
Both Sin and Fan are drawn to convey the essence of the pausing moments; the joint display of the two artists will offer two parallel painterly axes, with different levels of saturation and perspectives.
*Stephanie Sin received her BA (Fine Art) from RMIT University in 2008 and her MVA (Studio Arts) from HKBU in 2013. As a painter, exploring on contemporary aesthetics stereotypes, paints from images that were found on the Internet and which have subsequently been altered using computer applications. Influence from voids in living environments draws from fragmentations of individuals to collective routines and insinuates the paradox of life in her works. In 2009, Stephanie founded Rental United with two artists and serve as a cluster for collaborative experimentations, which focuses on happenings and performances. Awarded Impression . Eileen Chang . Inaugural Painting Jury Award in 2010. Participated in the Artist in Residence at the London Royal Academy of Arts in 2014. Private collections from over United States, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Now, she is a part-time lecturer at SCE and AVA in Hong Kong Baptist University. And currently collaborating with various public art projects in Hong Kong, such as the MTR Art in Architecture Project.
* Fan Yan was born in Beijing into an artistic and musical family. From a young age, she was drawn to painting as means of expression even though her first career was that of a classically trained violinist and viola player. It was this musical career that brought her to Hong Kong to study at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and later to play with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and various chamber music groups. After a successful musical career spanning 20 years, Fan Yan came to realise that she had to pursue her first love, that of painting. Fan Yan developed her technical skill under the tutelage of renowned local artists Lam Tian Xin, Cecilia Ho, Ng Chung and Pak Yeung. It was during this period of intense study that Fan Yan started to develop her own unique style. While working with the media of traditional Chinese art, using Chinese ink, water colour and rice paper, Fan Yan also experiments with oil pastel, and finds inspiration in the works of Western artists such as Henri Matisse, César, Paul Klee and Marlene Dumas.