Trevor Yeung: The Darkroom That Is Not Dark

  • Artist: Trevor Yeung

    Date: Dec. 17, 2016 - Feb. 26, 2017(Privateview:Dec. 17,2016)

    Magician Space is pleased to present its first solo exhibition with Hong Kong artist Trevor Yeung. Elaborating on new thematic directions, this exhibition explores how human behaviour or unspoken desires can be articulated via living forms, ecological systems, and through artificial and natural structures found in our daily life. Looking to unhinge the viewer from a fixed condition of observation, the exhibition examines the gallery as a system and its symbiotic relationship with human bodies as they enter into an institutional space.

    'The Darkroom That Is Not Dark' unfolds by evoking a milieu of transient and darkened private spaces typically found within public environments. Rooms have been dimmed down, looking to heighten a psychic moment of obscurity - a feeling often felt in enclosures of removed intimacy and when a change occurs in the transition going from one persona into another. Like the seclusion of a photographic room where images appear in the dark; the enclave with a shadow that lurks inside an aquarium; or the hidden room where things considered taboo or suppressed emerge out of their anonymity. There is a dark, secret side to each person’s heart, which harbours deep feelings that cannot always be discussed. What happens if these spaces are no longer in the dark?

    Objects such as infrared lamps, heated fish tanks, hybrid roses, and a two-story modified sauna structure, combine in a stage-like setting devised by Yeung to elicit different responses. With regulatory mechanisms borrowed from the world of botanic ecology and aquaculture, the artist adapts their properties to insert new metaphors, conflating these hermetic machines with other systems of human control taken from institutional work hierarchies and forms of surveillance. In the entryway, viewers are introduced to a set of mirrored lockers. Designed to reflect movement from the surroundings, people are encouraged to remove and store winter garments into the compartments of this installation. Here, a decision is open for viewers to take a further step: to either walk inside the gallery as an impartial observer, or to inhabit a fictitious role in another narrative structure as it begins to gradually develop inside.

    Notes to Editors

    Trevor Yeung (b.1988, Dongguan, Guangdong) lives and works in Hong Kong. He graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2010. Yeung’s practice uses natural bodies and systems as a pretext for describing human processes and relations. He does not use phenomena from the natural world as metaphors in a romantic tradition; rather he projects emotional and intellectual scenarios on biological substitutes. He creates worlds with their own logic, imposing his own rules and parameters and staging dramatic scenarios that are intimately connected to his own experiences from the human world.

    Major exhibitions include: Magician Space, Beijing (2016); Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2016); Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong (2014); Observation Society, Guangzhou (2013). Recent group exhibitions include:  OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2016); Spring Workshop, Hong Kong (2015); Osthaus Museum, Hagen (2015); Para Site, Hong Kong (2015); Art Sanya, Sanya (2015); CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2015); 10th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2014); Eslight Gallery, Taipei (2014); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2014).