One big bit of news today: I finally have a book out, at an affordable price, for a good cause! Following on from the Connection exhibition with Chun Wo Development earlier this month at the Hong Kong Arts Center, we’ve also produced a book containing all the images from the exhibition. Like the print sales and corporate sponsorships from the exhibition itself, all proceeds will go to the Lifewire and Construction Workers’ Association Fund charities; we managed to raise over HK$1.8 million net so far. The former is probably one of the first crowdfunding platforms for providing healthcare to the underprivileged, and the latter is for the families of construction workers injured on the job. Click through for the ordering link and images from the exhibition.
The book is softcover but in a hard presentation box and approximately 120 pages in length and hand signed on the cover. We have one print run of 500 copies, more than half of which were sold during the exhibition. It is my pleasure to offer the remaining series to my readers. We have also made the price as reasonable as possible: US$65 for the book plus $15 for shipping anywhere in the world, with all proceeds split equally between Lifewire and the CWA. This is only possible because production has been partially sponsored by Fuji Xerox Hong Kong. Shipping and fulfilment will be handled directly out of Hong Kong by Chun Wo Construction & Engineering on behalf of the charities. It’s a win-win for both those who’ve asked for a book and the causes. The ordering link will be open for two weeks and we will ship shortly thereafter. Orders have now closed, though there may be a few still available via Ida Chan.
In addition, selected prints from the exhibition are available in signed and certificated editions of 3. They are 36×24″ on canvas using the same hardware as the Ultraprints (but obviously not Ultraprints in the traditional sense) and produced by myself and Wesley Wong at Giclee Art. We have sold more than 60 already and there are a few left. If you would like more information on what is still available, please contact Ida Chan at Chun Wo directly. Thank you for your support!
Now for a quick tour of the gallery – it’s a rather large (my guess, 15-20,000sqft) space. Our 36×24″ canvases were perhaps on the small side – and there were over a hundred of them! The images are the product of more than a year of work and ~25 shooting days. The exhibition was divided into four sections to use the space as much as possible to create a sense of progression – for those in construction, the aim was to showcase their work and present something different. For the public, the purpose was education – to show the story and work behind those things (buildings, infrastructure, etc) we take for granted on a daily basis. You enter through the ‘people’ gallery, which celebrates and showcases the small but specialised and important tasks that mostly go unseen and unappreciated. The second gallery is both a display of scale and context – the larger projects and developments can only really be appreciated from the air as there is simply no way to get a sense of scale from ground level. Moreover, it is a historical documentary of sorts – once the projects are complete, few will remember what was there before or work done. The third gallery is a change of pace and my personal favourite – it isolates and abstracts individual elements to form and color and looks for beauty in both the tools and the completed results by eliminating the distractions. We finish with a ‘formal’ architecture gallery of the world we know and love – the shiny, new completed product. Touring the exhibition in this order thus presents a view from the unfamiliar to the familiar, to create a new appreciation of our built environment – construction is really about creating a means to connecting people, not just physical/mechanical elements of structures. Finally, a huge thank you must go to Derrick Pang, the team at Chun Wo, K Production and all of the sponsors for making this possible!
Finally – a message from the client:
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Thank you very much for your kind support on the purchase of Photo Album for “CONNECTION Charitable Photo Exhibition”.
A confirmation email will be sent to you by us separately if the online order is successfully received. The photo album will be delivered by the end of July to the delivery address.
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