Taiwanese artist Ting-Tong Chang who is represented by Christine Park Gallery, London, was announced the winner of the RISE Award sponsored by J.Crew today and recognised as the most promising emerging artist at Art Central 2016.
Art Central’s RISE sector highlights the next generation of artistic talent with solo or dual artist exhibitions from galleries that have been established for six years or less. Ting-Tong Chang was awarded a USD5,000 cash prize after a thorough judging process.
Judges of the RISE Award 2016 sponsored by J.Crew included Magnus Renfrew, industry expert, Elaine Ng, Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific, Mikala Tai, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager of Asia & Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
The RISE Award winner Ting-Tong Chang says, “This is my first time being part of a commercial art fair, and the first time I’ve been represented by a commercial gallery. My work is experimental and I create durational pieces that evolve and grow. For me, art is about living within the artwork which I believe is essential in becoming part of the art. It’s a real honor to have received this recognition and to learn that my work is seen as relevant within a platform such as Art Central.”
The RISE Award winner selection committee: (L-R) Mikala Tai – Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Tong-Tong Chang – Artist, Elaine Ng – Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific, Magnus Renfrew – Art Industry Expert, Aaron Seeto – Curatorial Manager of Asia & Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
Ting-Tong Chang’s drawings and animatronic sculpture Robinson are presented by Christine Park Gallery. His works pay particular attention to the relationship between science, technology and society, engaging and questioning the concept of contemporary utopia. The artist uses his sense of humour to encourage audience participation and injects a satirical edge into all of his work.
Chang also presents a site-specific durational installation and live performance The Colosseum at Art Central. Its purpose is to explore two interrelated issues: the truth claimed by art and the logic of spectacle. The 360 degree painting depicts the Art Central fair in detail and is created over the course of the six day fair.
Artist Ting-Tong Chang in The Colosseum at Art Central
Christine Park of Christine Park Gallery, London, said “I work with a lot of emerging artists and Ting-Tong Chang is a really exciting addition to my gallery. Conceptual Asian artists are incredibly interesting as they are very strong, and very honest – Ting-Tong Chang is a great example of these qualities.”
The winner of the inaugural RISE Award in 2015 was Hong Kong artist Vivian Poon of Mur Nomade Gallery, Hong Kong; her work involved a set of paintings placed on scanned images of clipped newspaper articles within a notebook.
Art Central, Hong Kong’s contemporary art fair with an Asian edge, is staged on Central Harbourfront and is open to the public from 23-26 March 2016.
Tickets to Art Central are available for sale online via HK Ticketing with two for one on advanced tickets available now.