CHEUNG Szelit

When I was browsing a book written by Elizabeth Peyton, Live Forever:Elizabeth Peyton, a photo of a bouquet of white flowers on the wall of Peyton’s studio caught my eyes. It was just a small photo among many others on the wall. This bouquet of starry flowers was haunting. Later I realised it was a news photo from the funeral of Princess Diana. I started to think about the weight of news photos in general. Why are there some photos that catch our attention and eager us to know the underlying stories while others will always be ignored? I believe that the details of a photo would reveal its story and be able to trigger a certain kind of intellectual emotion.

Following this way of thinking, I started a series of work about the weight of image. There are three series so far: “The detail of a news photo from the funeral of Princess Diana”, “The quiet box” and “Photoreceptor”.

The images used in “The quiet box” were collected from the Atomic bomb testing by the US Department of Defense during WWII. They recorded a house located in a remote desert that was destroyed by an atomic bomb in just a few seconds. This sudden explosion of a house was depicted into six panels which slowly revealed a sense of uneasiness.

Another series “Photoreceptor” depicts different sets of water glasses. The images were taken from a visit to The International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg when I travelled to Germany last summer. These water glasses were put on the witness stands. Those water glasses were illuminated by the lights of the courtroom and also by the flash from the news reporters. Personally, those water glasses reveal the fundamental truths about mankind.

EDUCATION

2012  Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) in Co-Organizer: Hong Kong Art School and The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

2009  Higher Diploma in Fine Art of Hong Kong Art School

2007  Foundation Diploma in Visual Art of Hong Kong Art School

2006  Chong Gene Hang College, Hong Kong

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014  Here or not here, The A.lift Gallery ‘Project’, Shatin, Hong Kong

2012  Stand, The A.lift Gallery ‘Checkpoint’, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

2012  Szelit Cheung Solo Exhibition, Front/Side Gallery, JCCAC, Hong Kong

2008  I Say, Les Artistes Cafe & Art Gallery, Hong Kong

2007  Szelit Cheung New Artworks Exhibition, Les Artistes Cafe & Art Gallery, Hong Kong

2006  Dancing, Les Artistes Cafe & Art Gallery, Hong Kong

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015  All day breakfast, ACO, Foo Tak Building, Wanchai, Hong Kong

2014  Visions to the Future, a group exhibition showcasing the artworks of emerging artists, Hong Kong Land and Friend of the Art Museum of The  Chinese University of Hong

          Kong, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong

2014  Our beautiful days, New Asia College Ch’ien Mu Library, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2013  Art Beijing 2013, The A.lift Gallery, Agricultural Exhibition Centre of China (New Hall ), China

2013  Disturbances, Gallery Exit, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

2013  Asia Top Hotel Art Fair, The A.lift Gallery, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

2012  something old, something new., Soil, Central, Hong Kong

2012  Fine Art Asia 2012, Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

2012  Fabulous Romantic, Signature Fine Art, Beijing, China

2012  Hong Kong AugustIn The Moon For Art , , Signature Fine Art, Beijing, China

2012  Fresh Trend 2012 Art Graduates Joint Exhibition, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2012  Naamyam, Hong Kong House of Stories, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

2012  From Studium to Punctum - Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Graduation Exhibition Hong Kong Young Talents inties of Hong Kong Young Talents, Pao 2012  Gallerise, Hong

          Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong

2012  Tomorrow's Weather - Aspirations and Aspirations and Uncertainties of Hong Kong Young Talents Hong Kong Young Talents inties of Hong Kong 2012  Young Talents,

          Nexto Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

2012  THE PIECE - my favourite work in my school days, The Gallery of Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong

2012  Curiouser! Curiouser!, White Tube Gallery, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong

2012  Asia Top Hotel Art Fair, Gallery Exit, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

2012  Ideal Home, Artlessite Studio, Hong Kong

2012  Circuit, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong

2011  Still Life, White Tube Gallery, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong

2011  New Generation! University Students Graphic Art Fiesta, Exhibition Gallery, Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong

2011  New Generation! University Students Graphic Art Fiesta, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

2011  Forty, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong

2011  Homecoming, Artlessite Studio, Hong Kong

2010  Rendezvous, Les Artistes Café & Art Gallery, Hong Kong

2009  Graduation Showcase ─ Graduation Exhibition of Higher Diploma in Fine Art of Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong

2009  The Moon Gazed at You, You Gaze at It Too, White @rcade, Hope Well Centre, Hong Kong

2007  Come & Fit ─ Graduation Exhibition of Foundation Diploma in Visual Art of Hong Kong Art School, White @rcade, Hope Well Centre, Hong Kong

2006  Alpha-Impression 5 , Artland Gallery, Hong Kong

2006  Art Focus 13, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

2005  Alpha-Impression 4, Artland Gallery, Hong Kong

2005  Art Focus 12, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

2004  Art Focus 11, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

2003  Art Focus 10, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong

AWARDS & GRANTS

2009  Best Artwork Award (Painting) of Higher Diploma in Fine Art

2008  Hong Kong Art School Scholarship

2007  Best Graduation Work of Foundation Diploma in Visual Art

CURATORIAL

2010  Rendezvous, Les Artistes Café & Art Gallery, Hong Kong

2009  The Moon Gazed at You, You Gaze at It too, White @rcade, Hope Well Centre, Hong Kong

EXHIBITIONS AT CRANE GALLERY

2015.06.13
Critical Point