ROUTINE FANTASY is a project about the people of Hong Kong, a city known for its extremely dense population. Approximately 6,600 citizens share every square kilometer, living, working and playing in the city with the second greatest number of high rises in the world. As an artist living in this concrete jungle, I am intrigued about the relationship between creativity and the living space.
Does wider, more open space nurture creativity? Are people’s physical and mental activities limited by cramped environments? How do city folk go about their daily routines while dealing with urban problems such as noise, pollution, traffic and commerce? Do the space limitations I have as an artist, working in a tiny studio, reflect the life of others in a congested city?
The inspiration process begins with a series of snapshots of people at work in the city streets. I reinterpret these scenes as a series of small paintings rather than a single large painting. Reducing the size of the art — without affecting the impact of its statement — is key to the goal of ROUTINE FANTASY.
The small paintings will be used to create stop-motion animation clips running an average of 15 to 20 seconds each. The clips will be edited together to create a short film. This process expresses my belief that "one plus one is greater than two” – the work's size remains manageable, and ultimately reflects the world immediately outside the window.
ROUTINE FANTASY has two intentions. First, it explores the mystery behind what people think about as they perform their daily jobs. My conjectures about the scenes are added as I create the paintings and animation clips. Second, I place myself into tedious, routine labor by painting similar images over and over again, mirroring the daily lives of many locals. I find that in my creative endeavors, fantasy and imagination are needed in order for me to sustain my passion, which allows me to complete my work.
We may never truly know what another person is thinking while performing their daily routines. But you can see when their minds aren’t focused on their duties; they’re contemplating life, or scrutinizing the world around them.
They are somewhere else, passing the time. While it can be difficult to read into the faces and thoughts of strangers with whom we share our streets, buses and parks, we can be sure that imagination, humor and inspiration are as important as any city’s infrastructure to keep its inhabitants’ lives moving forward, day after day.
Backers rewards :
For backers of $8000 and serious art collectors, you can get original art work from Routine Fantasy (4 sets available) :
Risks and challenges
The art prints will be ready in Jan 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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