PAK's Art and Bio

Pak Sheung Chuen
Born in 1977 in Fujian, lives and works in Hong Kong

Introduction of Pak's artwork:
Pak Sheung Chuen’s playful work slyly alters the experience of everyday life. He explores, on the one hand, the mental and social “space” between everything that is structured, routine, and stable in our world, and on the other, he investigates coincidence, chance encounters, the arbitrary, and the imaginative. In so doing, he reveals artistic moments in everyday life and brings to the fore the interwoven nature of reality and the imaginary. He prefers to use himself and his writings as a medium, conceiving his works as actions or subtle manipulations of the regular course of events. In most cases these performative actions have no audience; rather, they consist of journeys and self-experiments that engage with ever-changing environments.

In an earlier work called “Waiting for a Friend (without Appointment)”, Pak went to the Kowloon Tong MTR station waiting area and waited until someone he knew walked out. He has also created a large permanent installation in the New York Public Library. In this project, the artist folded page twenty-two of every second book in the library. Another work consisted of a five-day trip to Malaysia, during which he kept his eyes closed the whole time; he took pictures so he could discover the country after he returned home. A similar project in Tokyo called “Valley’s Trip” (2007), for which the artist travelled from southern to northern Tokyo by walking only in the areas corresponding to the middle folds of his map. For his project “Going Home” for the Taipei Biennial 2010, Pak looked for people in the museum lobby who would allow him to accompany them to their homes.

Pak Sheung Chuen was born in 1977 in Fujian (China) and immigrated to Hong Kong in 1984, Pak Sheung Chuen currently lives and works in Hong Kong. He obtained his B.A. degree in Fine Arts and Theology from Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2002. One of the most promising conceptual and performance artists working today, Pak’s practice often deals with and reflects upon the contradicting absurdness and ordinariness of everyday life in a poetic and humorous nature, thus creating a critical yet poignant sentiment for its viewers. His works was published in a local newspaper Ming Pao almost weekly 2003-07. Pak was awarded the Overseas Exchange Prize (Chinese Performance Art) by the Macao Museum of Art in 2005 and 2008 respectively, the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council in 2006. Pak authored ODD ONE IN: Hong Kong Diary, ODD ONE IN II: Invisible Travel, and See Walk What on 1 July.

Pak has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Taipei Biennial (2010 and 2012), Biennale Cuvee 10 (2010), 3rd Yokohama Triennial (2008), 3rd Guangzhou Triennial (2008), China Power Station: Part 2 (2007) and 6th Busan Biennale (2006). His solo exhibition Page 22 is permanently installed in New York’s 58th Street Branch Library. His artworks were collected by Tate Modern Museum, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art etc. He is the core member of 2nd Floor 5 Sons Studio. He represented Hong Kong in 2009, the 53rd Venice Biennale. In Almanac 2011, Art Asia Pacific selected Pak as one of 5 Outstanding Artists and Promising Figure for 2011. In 2012, his exhibition Left & Right, Blue & Sky got the best stand prize in Frieze London. At the same year, he got the Best Artist Award in the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA) 2012. He got the Best Artist Award in Hong Kong by the HKADC in 2013.

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