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As an artist living in Hong Kong the concrete jungle, I am intrigued about the relationship between creativity and the living space.
As an artist living in Hong Kong the concrete jungle, I am intrigued about the relationship between creativity and the living space.
25 backers pledged HK$ 52,160 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

Hong Kong, 2015
Hong Kong, 2015

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. 

"My face is in the same color as cardboard No.1-4"; Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 cm each.
"My face is in the same color as cardboard No.1-4"; Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 cm each.

 

"My face is in the same color as cardboard No.5-8"; Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 cm each.
"My face is in the same color as cardboard No.5-8"; Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 cm each.

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. 

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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. 

Art Print for backers of $600
Art Print for backers of $600

 

Art Print for backers of $600
Art Print for backers of $600

 

Art Print for backers of $600
Art Print for backers of $600

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. 

Art Prints on Washi paper for backers of $780
Art Prints on Washi paper for backers of $780

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 :

Linocut prints for backers of $880
Linocut prints for backers of $880

 

A3 size Art Prints for backers of $2400, ED limited to 5
A3 size Art Prints for backers of $2400, ED limited to 5

 

For backers of $8000 and serious art collectors, you can get original art work from Routine Fantasy (4 sets available) :

"Not enough cigarette tonight No.1-4"; acrylic on canvas, 45x33cm each.
"Not enough cigarette tonight No.1-4"; acrylic on canvas, 45x33cm each.

 

"Not enough cigarette tonight No.5-8"; acrylic on canvas, 45x33cm each.
"Not enough cigarette tonight No.5-8"; acrylic on canvas, 45x33cm each.

  

"It's show time!"No.1-4; acrylic on canvas, 45x33cm each.
"It's show time!"No.1-4; acrylic on canvas, 45x33cm each.

 

"It's show time!"No.5-8; acrylic on canvas, 45x33cm each.
"It's show time!"No.5-8; acrylic on canvas, 45x33cm each.

 

"It's show time!"No.9-12; acrylic on canvas, 45x33cm each.
"It's show time!"No.9-12; acrylic on canvas, 45x33cm each.

 

"Cherry is too expensive"; acrylic on canvas, total 9 pieces, 45x33cm each.
"Cherry is too expensive"; acrylic on canvas, total 9 pieces, 45x33cm each.

 

"Desert"; acrylic on canvas, total 12 pieces, 45x33cm each.
"Desert"; acrylic on canvas, total 12 pieces, 45x33cm each.

 

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The art prints will be ready in Jan 2018.

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    a email from the artist with one of his art video clip

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    Post cards of Routine Fantasy's artworks

    A set of 4 post cards of Routine Fantasy's artworks.

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    Art prints of Routine Fantasy's artworks

    3 different limited edition art prints of Routine Fantasy's artworks. Print run for each art print is 10. Size is in A4 and hand signed by the artist

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    Linocut prints

    Inspired from the photos of Routine Fantasy. Print run is limited to 24. Size is in 50x60cm and hand signed by the artist.

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    Limited A3 size art prints.

    Selected art work in Routine Fantasy. Print run is limited to 5. Size is in A3 and hand signed by the artist.

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    1 set of original art work

    Original art works of Routine Fantasy. Each set contains 8 to 12 acrylic paintings, each painting is 48x36 cm.
    Signed by the artist.
    Also come with the bill of sale for authenticity.
    Shipped with full protection.

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