Chino Lam : Is Truth Real?


Chino Lam
Is Truth Real?

Opening reception:
16 Oct 2020
16:00 - 20:00 (VIP)
18:00 - 20:00 (Public)

Public Open:
17 Oct - 15 Nov 2020
11:00 - 19:00 Mon - Sat
11:00 - 17:00 Sun & holiday

Venue :
Shops 218-219, 2/F, Landmark Atrium,
15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong


JPS Art Gallery is pleased to present a joint solo exhibition, Is Truth Real? and Yesterday Once More, by rising Hong Kong artist Chino Lam. On view at the gallery’s location in LANDMARK ATRIUM, marking the artist’s first-ever solo show in Hong Kong. The two exhibitions are shown in tandem in JPS Art Gallery and JPS Art Store, presenting the diversity of Lam’s artistic oeuvre.

Is Truth Real?, presented by JPS Art Gallery, features a new group of paintings that probes the relationship between the audience and the mass media. We are living under the age of information overload, from reading the news to managing status update on our social media platforms, we are consuming information 24/7. However, have we ever considered the power of mass media in our daily lives? In this group of works, Lam draws our attention to the influence of media and how we perceive new information. All the works presented in this exhibition are the artist’s re-imagination of some of the most iconic cover stories in media history, including Life Magazine’s Moon Landing special edition single issue in 1969. Recalling the main theme, the works are also all uniquely framed with acrylic cases, mimicking the plastic cover packaging that is normally spotted in the rare magazines. The exhibition title is also a tribute to Time Magazine’s iconic ‘Is God Dead?’ and ‘Is Truth Dead’ cover stories in 1966 and 2017, respectively. The space cover stories that are reimagined in Lam’s works are the artist’s homage to the ‘God is Dead’ movement that regained popularity in the 1960s as a result of advancement in modern science and technology. The group of works can also be seen as a continuation of the artist’s fascination with human civilisation, exploring our development throughout history. With the growing debate of post-truth politics and the public emphasis of ‘fact-checking’, this exhibition appears to be all the more relevant and reflective. Presenting in tandem with the exhibition in the Art Gallery, the JPS Art Store also gladly presents Yesterday Once More, a series of paper-works that took inspiration from Lam’s childhood memories. Reminiscence of the popular culture found in his childhood, Lam uses his signature character Jiro and makes playful crossovers with characters from Japanese and Western manga, animations and films. Recalling characters that was popular in the 80s and 90s including Doraemon, Robocan, Godzilla, The Simpsons and more, this series of paperworks is a told the anecdote of Lam’s youth and evokes the collective memories of many here in Hong Kong.

Setting apart from the exhibition in the Art Gallery, the Art Store offers a more cheerful and accessible approach to Lam’s oeuvre. The topic of the works is less serious and creates a light-hearted and friendly environment. Art merchandise from the main exhibition would also be featured in the Art Store. Including a package art of a hand-finished print and figure set, limited edition of 50, bringing a well-rounded experience to Lam’s exhibition. Lam incessantly probed the shifting boundaries between fine art, street art, and design, and is no doubt an artist that is gaining momentum in the local and international market. With its innovative and neoteric works, the duo exhibition is a manifesto of Lam’s perspicacious presentation of fine art and popular culture.



Hong Kong | B.1978

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chino Lam rose to prominence in the 2010s as art of the new generation of local artists exploring the relationship between fine rt and pop culture. Lam started his artistic journey in street art, he is one of the founders of the brand Mame Moyoshi hacho and once worked for the renowned Japanese toy brand Bandai.

In 2017 and 2018, he was awarded the "Oscar" in the toy industry, American Toy Award "Designer Toy Awards". Driven by his passion for sashimi and aquatic creatures, he created a series of original characters featuring sea animals with human attributes, including his signature character Jiro. When rendered with traditional mediums such as calligraphy and Ukiyo-e, these cute and monstrous creatures evoke a sense of mismatched aesthetic, emanating a distinct aura that reminisces with street culture spiced up with dark humour. Lam’s unique graphic style and fascinating imagination resonates with and captures the hearts of many and the popularity of his works in Asia rocketed within a short time frame.

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