A Whimsical Rebellion Against Time

A Whimsical Rebellion Against Time

“Nostalgia appears to be a longing for a place, but it is actually a yearning for a different time—the time of our childhood, the slower rhythms of our dreams. In a broader sense, nostalgia is a rebellion against the modern idea of time, the time of history and progress.”
Svetlana Boym, writer and professor, ‘Nostalgia and Its Discontents’

C ontemporary Showcase: Time Goes On is a charming selection of 23 works that journeys into the imagination, inviting whimsy and folklore, kaleidoscopic colors, and quirky glimpses into the subconsciousness. At the root of many of these works is a sense of nostalgia – not in the downcast sentiment of loss and displacement, but its twin which Svetlana Boym described as “a romance with one’s own fantasy.” We can easily see such a romance in the ideas of ephemerality in Okokume’s Time Flies or in the preoccupying threads that recur time and again in the works of contemporary darlings Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, Andy Warhol and KAWS. It also weighs on younger artists, in the cutting-edge sculptures and paintings by up-and-coming Hong Kong talents Kasing Lung, Kila Cheung and Chino Lam, who similarly rebel against the time of history and progress.

Contemporary Art

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