Blackout Momentum
/ Current Plans, Hong Kong, 2024

Yau Kwok Keung's debut exhibition "Blackout Momentum” in Hong Kong presents his extensive research on reframing mythological motifs and his unique aesthetic of chaos and balance. Drawing from his experience as a tattoo artist who sewed within human flesh, Yau presents a new series of meticulous paintings, videos, and mechanical sculptures that explore the theme of collective memory loss and societal trauma. Yau perceives amnesia as a state where one remains trapped for an extended period, with its relentless momentum frozen in darkness. Recurring motifs, including an illuminated sphere, a diving swallow and an expanding sea surface are juxtaposed to convey a sense of fragmented identities in an era of collective silence, where shared experiences are left unspoken. Whether a glimmer of hope or the last glow before destruction, Yau’s brush strokes unfold an elusive point of chaos—a paradoxical expression where the chaos depicted on the canvas becomes a two-way clue. Much like the iconic movie "The Truman Show," where Truman's routine quote carries emotional weight, serving as both a friendly greeting and an act of rebellion. It conforms to a controlled existence and yearns for authenticity at the same time —

"Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!"

Curatorial Statement

Photo Credit: Wong Pak Hang

Art Central 2022
/ Made in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2022


The Sunshine Is Still There
/ SC Gallery, Hong Kong, 2022


Let’s Try Catching Steam with Bare Hand
/ Gallery Exit, Hong Kong, 2021

‘Let’s Try Catching Steam with Bare Hands’ features more than thirty new works by three artists. Through the use of non-human subjects such as fictional characters, mythical creations and architectural designs, NGAI Wing Lam, YAU Kwok Keung and CHAN Wai Lap, with different artistic practices, backgrounds and modes of thinking, have come together in this exhibition to demonstrate contemporary life as a “nexus” composed of various situations and systems.

Waiting for A Girl Like You is the summary of an artistic research that incorporates numerous artistic media and disciplines. When the clear bottle beer design of the Blue Girl Beer was introduced to Hong Kong in the early 1990s, it gained a huge popularity because of its transparency through which the golden fluid could be seen. As of today, the used bottle of Blue Girl Beer remains a sought-after item among hardware stores, being the best container to showcase different industrial chemicals.

Well-informed of the marketing strategies of Blue Girl Beer, YAU Kwok Keung soon expanded his research to the making of Blue Girl Beer. The title Waiting for A Girl Like You comes from the renowned TV commercial song broadcasted world-wide in the late 20th century. YAU traces the origin of the blue girl, who is indeed the Greek goddess of Excellence Arete.

The meaning of Arete has changed over time: Apart from being a remarkable modern beverage, its earliest form in Greek simply means moral virtue. It was later regarded by Aristotle as the highest form of human knowledge (the knowledge about knowledge itself). An ancient representation of Arete can be seen today at the only surviving library from the Roman Empire, Library of Celsus, in Turkey, certainly indicating the concepts of excellence and knowledge were made correlated by man. Realising the standard of excellence is itself a construct, Yau, in a similar fashion, applies multiple artistic disciplines such as drawing, moving image, crafts and ritual to find out how concepts of excellency can be shaped and dispensed, and perhaps on a deeper level asking whose idea of excellence it is.

The Dimensions of Living: A House is
/ Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong, 2020

A group of artists, architects and life walkers contemplate and study the possible dimensions of living. How art could intervene in this mundane issue of everyday life? Could art provide "solutions" or something beyond "solutions"? Through the abstraction of the idea of "House", artists, architects, life walkers and students open up dialogues between visual arts, architecture and the art of living, and propose 13 dimensions of living.

<The Dimensions of Living: A House is> showcases 13 “Houses”. They are the artistic exposition of the mundane issues, which in return extend our imagination of the possible everyday life.