No Time for Romance | 沒時間浪漫
August 25 – September 19, 2020
MINE PROJECT is pleased to present "No Time for Romance," an exhibition of work by Beijing-based artist Hou Zichao. It is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong as well as his first time showing with the gallery.
The exhibition will feature Hou's latest works inspired by the peach trees in his yard in the light of the pandemic. His obsession is with an increasingly ill-defined notion of scenery and landscape, ranging from a wild waterfall to artificial snow within a VR headset and then to the afterglow of a sunset on a garage floor. Under the current circumstances, Hou has been forced to abandon his travel plans and instead turn his gaze toward his own yard, experimenting with new methods to physically experience these surroundings. Comprised of 13 works in acrylic on linen, the exhibition registers exciting moments from lockdown, new perceptions of time and space, and quixotic dreams of the near future.
In the summer of 2020, everything beyond the yard has been a mess. Only the peach trees within remain on track.
About the artist:
Hou Zichao, born in China in 1988, received a BA Honors degree from Central Saint Martins in 2013, and a Master's degree from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2014. Including painting and installation, his work focuses on the conflicts between human beings and nature in the contemporary cultural context, utilizing diverse visual languages to emphasize the distance between artificial landscape and nature, as well as the rupture between constructed scenery and real life.