2011.12.15-2011 – 2011.12.18 2012.1.14 – 2012.12.18
2011 - 2012
The work is displayed as part of the permanent exhibition
Purchased in the framework of the program «NEON FUND FOR EMST», 2012
Inv. No. 862/12
Looking at the work of Pak Sheung Chuen —a.k.a. Tozer Pak— in its entirety, one is left with the impression of an almost ethereal creation, the reason for this being the artist’s belief that the creative process is of equal if not greater importance than the final outcome. Applying a number of conceptual strategies, performative gestures, subtle interventions, and fine manipulations to what is commonly perceived of as “the normal course of things” Pak Sheung Chuen seeks to engender arbitrary associative connections and random instances of interaction between the audience and himself. His objective is to investigate and, more to this, redefine the concept of the quotidian and its relation to art. 2011.12.15 – 2011.12.18 and 2012.1.14 – 2012.1.18 installation was created with letters made out of vinyl. This installation forms part of a greater project, one that incorporates thoughts and ideas that Pak Sheung Chuen came up with during two short visits to Guangzhou —one in the winter of 2011 and one in the spring of 2012. These very thoughts and ideas are communicated to the audience in the form of different statements, exhortations, or commands. A theme that permeates the entire work of Pak Sheung Chuen, and one also prominent in this particular textual installation, is the examination of the way in which random impromptu actions function within a solidly structured and organized everyday life. In order to achieve this, the artist breaks away from the confines of the used medium, which, in this case, is none other than the text. The result is a work which invites the viewer’s active participation and dynamic inter- action; ultimately, a work through which the artist wishes to pose thought-provoking questions and share the experience of the journey.
Anna Mykoniati, text from the catalogue of the permanent exhibition ENTER EMSΤ. Collection & History, A short guide, 2020