Opening Reception / Thursday, March 17, 2016 7-10PM
Artist Talk / Thursday, March 17, 2016 8PM
We are pleased to announce RE-FORMAT, a group exhibition featuring works by Michelle Claase, Sophie Cyzewski, Jason Kam, Wai Lung Ip, and Yi-Hsin Tzeng. The works exhibited explore each artist's distinctive narratives and experiences in deconstruction and alteration of personal identity within the fluxes of contemporary time and fluid art media. Their works are manifested in alternative painting, magazine paper, digital media, and performances while invoking and challenging the notion of body objectification, value of labor and art, and complex layers of dislocation. Michelle Claase, Sophie Cyzewski, and Jason Kam are current candidates for Painting BFA at SCAD-HK.
Michelle Claase (b.1989, South Africa) has been based in Hong Kong for the past seven years. She often deals with the body as the subject of her work, exploring themes surrounding identity, anonymity, defence mechanisms and entrapment within the human form. Claase's background as a fashion model has contributed to her interest with the body. In her recent work, Claase alters the image of the models from fashion magazines, removing and fragmenting the figures' identities and bodies to transform them like lifeless dolls - mannequins. The figures' disassembled parts are reattached, re-visualized to look like puppets, which evokes the fashion industry's exploitive usage of body images in its branding.