The University Museum and Art Gallery and the HKU Museum Society are pleased to present guided viewings of two exhibitions, “Jen Bervin: Silk Poems” and “Chak: Landscapes and Other Natural Occurrences”. We will be guided by the artist Chak 翟宗浩 and Museum Curator Christopher Mattison.
Beyond silk’s traditional use in textiles, researchers are now experimenting with the material in novel forms of biomedical technology; as silk is compatible with human tissue, the immune system can accept silk on surfaces as sensitive as the human brain. In the UMAG exhibition Silk Poems, visual artist and author Jen Bervin melds the medium’s traditional applications with cutting edge research – engaging with silk’s cultural, scientific and linguistic complexities.
Chak: Landscapes and other Natural Occurrences
Chak 翟宗浩 graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at the CUHK and later studied with Liu Kuo-sung. In his early years, Chak incorporated a number of contemporary theories and materials into his practice for which he received several prestigious awards, and scholarships in Japan and the USA. After living abroad for nearly 30 years, Chak returned to Hong Kong and continued to create abstract landscapes that explores traditional elements in Chinese art while incorporating more contemporary mediums and motifs.
UMAG curator Christopher Mattison‘s current research focuses on the interplay of text and image in the museum environment. Mattison received his MA in Comparative Literature and MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, where he worked closely with the International Writing Program and a diverse range of visual artists. After completing the course work for a PhD in Comparative Literature, he abandoned the classroom for Boston, where he re-booted the literary publishing house Zephyr Press and developed projects with private galleries and university museums. Before taking up the positions of curator and publisher at UMAG, Mattison was Assistant Director for the Advanced Institute of Cross-Disciplinary Studies at City University.