Sim Chan

LEE : When did you start your Art Work?
SIM : When I was in junior high school, I was very fond of attending art classes, and during in senior high school I have chosen art as major. Since not doing great with my academy, I was unable to promote my studies at university for art, therefore I enrolled in the basic courses of the Hong Kong Arts School, chose to study visual art and began to have more understanding of art, and during the study period with serval classmates we rented a studio and started creating.

LEE : Did you have any important events or people around you when you started your work?
SIM : In high school period, I met two talented friends who are around and often used to paint and play music together. After graduating from high school, everyone was trying hard to find their own way. One was to study music and another one was to study stage design. Their enthusiasm for art influenced me a lot and encouraged me to find my own creation.

LEE : Hong Kong is a big city in the world. How “Hong Kong” inspires you?
SIM : Hong Kong was a jungle of skyscrapers, high-rise urban environment where the pace of life is rapid, crowded and constantly changing. I think my work is depicted in Hong Kong and through observations and feelings about the life of this city create the landscape of the city in different forms.

LEE : In what occasion did you bring the concept of the “sky” into your work?
SIM : My graduation project “The Sky” was the beginning of my creation. It may have been a period of confusion at the time, figuring the path of my own after graduation, figuring how to cope with society, figuring how to survive, looking for directions while losing the direction of the state. Obviously, this state is not transient, constantly emerging living facts in my creation and may be this state is what city life provoked us.

LEE :I would like to hear more about the reasons why the subject of " sky " appeared during times of confusion?
SIM : “Sky” stands for nature, endlessness, freedom, dreams, and release. and “Cities” represent rapidity, restrictions, congregate, ridiculousness, and anxiety. The elements of “sky” all share the city and the sky, reflecting the living conditions of urban people also reflecting the conflict between societies civilization and nature.

LEE : Your sky will be shaped differently according to development city.
SIM : The sky I painted may be colorful, but it is always limits the boundless sky which were covered by buildings. As it was like the beautiful nature that had given destroy/distort by human every day. Over the past decade or so, witnessing Hong Kong becoming very intensive under the rapid development, unending construction projects are ubiquitous and high-rise buildings have continued to build. Whether you like or hate such a extruding urban environment, you must accept and be accustomed to, but such an environment will undoubtedly affect our rhythm of life and the way we exist. This is not just happening in Hong Kong, the development of global urbanization, these phenomena are no strangers, and they are rapidly spreading like viruses.

LEE : What does < Urban kite > have to do with the rhythm of life to the sky you experienced?
SIM : The "City Sky" captured from different parts of Hong Kong transformed into shapes of kites. Pulling the city and the kite together contradictorily, this coexistence is exactly the opposite of civilization and nature. Flying a kite in a crowded city never seems to be possible, whether in the environment or in mind. Through the works of the “Urban Kite” as a metaphor for the prohibition of flying kites in the city and our urban living situation. The kites contain some problems in our lives, some appeals, some hopes, and some dreams. In the form of “flying kites”, we fly in mid-air, like an artistic conception of withdrawal, emancipation and a state of returning to nature. It reveals that kites are eager to fly all limits and enjoy true freedom and dreams.

LEE : There's a lot of presentation techniques in your work, and it's also experimental to control the lighting in the exhibition hall in < Oil Painting and Light >
SIM :From the beginning to present, I have always been looking for different types of expression on the painting. < Oil Painting and Light > Searching new prespective of oil paintings, the characteristics of oil paints on light and study a new painting technique.. < Frames > is the shape of the frame becomes part of the content. and, < Kite painting > is kite at first was already a form of painting art and trying to combine modern urbanization with traditional craftsmanship. At the same time exploring invisible limits in cities and life then presenting them through my artworks.

LEE : Watermelon sculpture in 2015 seems to be a different approach than before.Was there any special occasion that you make this work?
SIM : < Watermelon Ball > is a work that was co-produced with an architect friend (Stanley Siu). At that time we were invited to participate in an exhibition on toys. The watermelon ball is an old toy of the Hong Kong people and is being eliminated by the modern society, yet a collective memory of Hong Kong people. On the other hand, I am also looking for different types of expressions in painting. In this work, we tried to transform the previous flat paint texture into a three-dimensional painting.

LEE : Hong Kong is full of world-class art fairs, and the art market is quite active. How do you think about the Hong Kong art market as an artist who has experienced many art fairs?
SIM :Hong Kong is a place full of opportunities to display art works, but in these world-class art fairs or galleries, the works of Hong Kong artists actually account for a very small number and comparing the price is relatively low, and I rarely sell works at art fairs. Exhibitions are like urban development, they are there to create, dismantle and recreate. What are observed and proceeds by the audience makes the exhibition. Therefore each exhibition has it’s own spectrum of color leaving symbols in small aspects, imprinted in everyone's mind and “seeing what is there” is not the main focus, but to “acknowledge what is there” and each of them is memorable by fragments.

LEE : What will you do in the future?
SIM : I hope I can continue to create my art. I will continue to study the diversification and probabilities of oil painting and light, as well as the feasibility of paintings. There are not much memorial things to recall, but through the path of creation, there will always be support and help from friends. Without them, I may not be able to continue of work with art.