Adhesive labels and epoxy resin on panel
Edition of 100
Dimensions: 9cm (H) x 22cm (W) / 3.5" (H) x 8.7" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Tong is known for his use of the unconventional medium of custom-made stickers, inspired by the ubiquitous “Made In Hong Kong” stickers that he came across during his childhood in the 1970-80s as his family was in the garment business at that time.
Since the beginning, Tong’s works has been and continues to be wildly relevant to the evolving issues related to social, cultural and values in Hong Kong and the world. The fun and witty paradoxes that he creates through the manipulation of texts, subtexts, graphics and colours, contain powerful underlying messages and perspectives.
The focus on repetition and the mundane, anonymity, and cryptic characteristic of Tong’s works continues to be prevalent in the MUMBLE CRUMBLE works, in which the meanings and idea behind “word”, “speech” and “message” get lost in the noise of society and hidden agendas in the world today. The work encourages a different way of “seeing” to better understand the world around us.
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Hometown: Hong Kong
Based in: Hong Kong
Tong’s works, using the unconventional medium of custom-made stickers, are visually striking not only by the liberal use colours, but also by the simple cryptic messages they carry. Tong’s original inspiration of using the stickers came from the “Made in China” stickers that mark the manufactured goods coming out of China’s booming factories.
The artist’s works can be appreciated at two levels - first from large eye-catching messages so reflective of Hong Kong’s cityscape of neon signage, billboards, pamphlets, flyers, that are contributing to the hectic pace and information overload of the everyday life and second, the often humorous and ironical fine prints on the very stickers that compose the artworks. The paradox and tensions as a result of the witty juxtaposition of the texts stimulate deeper reflections about Tong’s works.
Tong deliberately uses common phrases from his daily life in Hong Kong that are so deeply ingrained into the social psyche to the point of being clichés. This focus on repetition and the mundane is an important aspect of Tong’s practice, for the artist, this is where the common becomes anonymous. The duality of the messages in Tong’s works reflect the complexity of the issues faced by the people of Hong Kong, including the city’s identity, culture and values.
Born in Hong Kong in 1979, Damon Tong received his Bachelor of Art degree in Fine Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (co-presented with the Hong Kong Art School) in 2008 and his Master of Visual Arts from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2013. He is also a member of Rental United, an artist trio established in 2009, which is known for their participatory practices.
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