Leong Chi Mou’s solo exhibition, “Unreturned Wanderer – Works by Leong Chi Mou”, organized by the Macau Art For All Society is part of the “Urban Identity” New Immigrants Artists Exhibition Series. Using Chi Mou as his pseudonym, the original name of the artist is Leong Chi Hou. He was born in China in 1991 and moved to Macau afterward. In 2015, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Arts of Macau Polytechnic Institute, major in oil painting.
Leong uses the following methods of work in his creative process: 1. Transplanting contexts of images. 2. Explaining the reasonability of the ambiguous interpretations within a specific statement in a certain context. 3. The appropriateness of misplaced identity. Chi Mou is a person with a story, and the story leads to creation. In this world where nothing is new, the story is as the ancient poet has written, “not supposed to be the same yet ought to be the same from the ancient ones; not supposed to be different yet ought to be different from the ancient ones”. Comparing to the story of Chi Mou, it is an experience of painting and decorating the surface of a gold watch, leading to paintings, his recognition of the social decency showed-off by the gold watch is an admission ticket that he can hold on, and the content of the picture also uses factors that are popular in the current society.
The language of expressions also adopts the techniques that are popular in the contemporary art industry (dislocation, collage). This work led to mild criticisms and adopted a tension state of mind that both opposes and agrees so that the reserved paraphrase dimension is no longer inappropriate. In this way, viewers are led to a space where they can judge by themselves and are free to extract any imaginations they need from Chi Mou’s works.
When: September 5–30, 2020
Where: AFA, 4F Macau Art Garden, 265 Avenida Dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues, Macau
How much: Free admission
For more information, check the event’s Facebook page