Summit, b.1988

Andrew Luk

Andrew Luk is a multimedia artist whose practice illustrates the ever-changing representation and perception of violence. Inspired by post-structuralism and Paul Virilio’s practice, Luk investigates how civilization regards itself in relation to nature. He examines civilization while studying the natural forces of entropy, anti-entropy, and preservation.

Luk exemplifies these ideas through the Horizon Scan series, in which he uses homemade napalm—an incendiary agent that has been banned by the United Nations for wartime use—to torch and clear materials such as canvas, wood, and copper. The burned remains are then carefully collaged together, submerged in resin, and painstakingly polished for days. The final result shows the work lit from within, and illuminates an unfamiliar landscape that exists outside of the wall it rests upon. The layers seem to shift and slide...

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Biography

Andrew Luk is a multimedia artist whose practice illustrates the ever-changing representation and perception of violence. Inspired by post-structuralism and Paul Virilio’s practice, Luk investigates how civilization regards itself in relation to nature. He examines civilization while studying the natural forces of entropy, anti-entropy, and preservation.

Luk exemplifies these ideas through the Horizon Scan series, in which he uses homemade napalm—an incendiary agent that has been banned by the United Nations for wartime use—to torch and clear materials such as canvas, wood, and copper. The burned remains are then carefully collaged together, submerged in resin, and painstakingly polished for days. The final result shows the work lit from within, and illuminates an unfamiliar landscape that exists outside of the wall it rests upon. The layers seem to shift and slide depending on the passing of time and light. The way that the mutable patterns reveal their nuances and subtleties correlates with Luk’s perception of time.

His work has been exhibited internationally including Capricious Structure, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2018), Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2018); The Preservationists, Duddell's, Hong Kong (2017-18); White Cell, WING Platform, Hong Kong (2017); The Garden, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2017); Debris Constellation, Neptune, Hong Kong (2017); Practice, de Sarthe, Hong Kong (2017); LIGHT & SPACE, 10 Design Architect Studio, Hong Kong (2017); Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2017); At Wits' End, Kula Bazaar ACC, Gwangju, Korea (2016); The Imaginary Order, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong (2016); Change Seed : Contemporary art from HK & Beyond, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle WA, USA (2015); ART MONEY, XXX Gallery, Hong Kong (2015); No Fixed Abode, Videotage, Hong Kong (2015); Cavity Lab, April 30th, 100 Condor st., East Boston (2011). Luk the recipient of the 2016 Project Grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the 2014 Emerging Artist Grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Luk received his BFA from New England School of Art and Design (NESAD) in 2010. In the same year, he also graduated from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts with a BA in European History.

Andrew Luk currently lives and works in Hong Kong.

Artworks

3

Horizon Scan No.15, 2018

Related Categories

21st Century Art / American Art / Art of the 2010s / Contemporary American Art / Found Objects / Hong Kong / Inspired by Post-Structuralism / Mixed Media Painting / Nature and Civilization / Painting / Sculpture / Summit / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2010

    B. F. A New England School of Art and Design (NESAD), Boston, USA

  • B. A. European History, Suffolk University, Boston, USA

  • 2005

    The Penn Summer Art Academy, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Appropriate Responses for Featherless Bipeds With Broad Flat Nails, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • 2017

    Practice, de Sarthe, Hong Kong

  • 2015

    No Fixed Abode, Videotage, Hong Kong

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Scaffolds of Meaning / 懒音, Mine Project, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Beckoning the Mutation, Club Pro Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

  • Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong

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Education

  • 2010

    B. F. A New England School of Art and Design (NESAD), Boston, USA

  • B. A. European History, Suffolk University, Boston, USA

  • 2005

    The Penn Summer Art Academy, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Appropriate Responses for Featherless Bipeds With Broad Flat Nails, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • 2017

    Practice, de Sarthe, Hong Kong

  • 2015

    No Fixed Abode, Videotage, Hong Kong

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Scaffolds of Meaning / 懒音, Mine Project, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Beckoning the Mutation, Club Pro Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

  • Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong

  • A Tree Fell in the Forest, and No One's There, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

  • 2017

    The Preservationists, Duddell’s, Hong Kong

  • White Cell, WING Platform, Hong Kong

  • Autosave: Redoubt, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • The Garden, chi Art Space, Hong Kong

  • Debris Constellation, Neptune, Hong Kong

  • LIGHT & SPACE, 10 Design Architect Studio, Hong Kong

  • 2016

    , Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

  • At Wits’ End, Kula Bazaar ACC, Gwangju, Korea

  • The Imaginary Order, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong

  • 2015

    The Magnet Palace, Clockenflap, Hong Kong

  • Change Seed: Contemporary art from HK & Beyond, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, USA

  • ART MONEY, XXX Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2011

    Cavity Lab, April 30th, 100 Condor st. East Boston, USA

  • 2010

    Springboard 2, The Adams Gallery, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, USA

  • Fine Arts Senior Thesis Show, NESAD, Boston, USA

Grants/Awards

  • 2017

    Artist Residency, WING Platform, Hong Kong

  • de Sarthe Artist Residency, de Sarthe, Hong Kong

  • 2016

    Project Grant, Hong Kong Arts Development Council

  • 2014

    Emerging Artist Grant, Hong Kong Arts Development Council

  • 2008

    Finalist - Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Annual College Photography Contest

Collections

  • Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation, Shenyang, China

  • University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

  • K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong