‘Line of Times’On-site Photo|Courtesy of the MILL6 Foundation and the artist

Title / Line of Times
Curator / Mizuki Takahashi
Venue / MILL6 Foundation| Level 601, Infinitus Plaza, 199 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Duration / 2017.03.11- 2017.04.02

Morgan Wong participates in the spring exhibition ‘Line of Times’ curated by Mizuki Takahashi at MILL6 Foundation, which presents two video works alongside sculpture and photographic pieces. During the exhibition, the artist has attempted to represent his personal perception of time through different mediums.

‘Line of Times’ On-site Photo|Courtesy of the MILL6 Foundation and the artist

Filing Down a Steel Bar Until a Needle is Made
2013 – Now
HD Video
Video still
Courtesy of the artist

Referencing a prominent ancient Chinese allegory, ‘Filing Down a Steel Bar Until a Needle is Made‘ is an absurd adaptation by the artist on the notion of one’s will and determination. The ongoing series and durational lifelong performance started since 2013, the steel bar of 173cm and 63kg is the same height and weight as the artist, who pledges to grind the rod into a needle over the course of his lifetime.

‘Line of Times’ On-site Photo|Courtesy of the MILL6 Foundation and the artist

Time Needle Series
2016 – Now
Glass、metal
Courtesy of the artist

His work ‘Time Needle Series‘ is subtle and fragile. The metal powder of this daily ritual is collected by Wong and sealed in a needle-shaped borosilicate glass tube, capturing the continuous effort of the artist within the emblematic time capsule. Wong’s works represent time in varied medium, where he diligently observes the stream of each moment. Tightly sews individual ontology onto an irresistible current of time to form a quiet history.

 Frustration of Having More than Two Choices to Make in Life
2013
HD Video
Video still
Courtesy of the artist

Frustration of Having More than Two Choices to Make in Life‘is a video work produced after and based on Wong’s intensive meditative days of isolation from the world but only situating himself with the steel bar and a hand file in an empty space. Within the two days, Wong apart from simply gazing at the metal bar for half a day; or at the hand file for another half day. he spent the second day lying on the floor. Meanwhile, Wong still considering whether this was the moment to start what is likely to be a life-long task. As the storyline of’Godot’, who or what Wong might be waiting for two years, came in the end, and Wong can finally move on.

‘Line of Times’ On-site Photo|Courtesy of the MILL6 Foundation and the artist

About MILL6 Foundation
MILL6 Foundation is a non-profit, fund-seeking arts and cultural institution and a charity in Hong Kong. Established in 2015 and as part of a heritage conservation project of the former cotton spinning factory Nan Fung Textile Mills.
Centered on textile arts and culture and research on its heritage and innovation, MILL6 is establishing the permanent collection while curating a series of pre-opening programs consisting of: Exhibition, Community Engagement, Learning, Heritage, Artist-in-Residence and Public Art. It aims to foster independent creative practice, as well as to explore new meanings and experience of textile arts and ‘techstyle’ innovation with local communities. The institution is committed to preserving the essence of local culture and heritage, conserving the valued stories of the textile industry, and driving a continuous dialogue between Hong Kong and international creators.

About the Artist

Morgan Wong (b. 1984, Hong Kong) graduated from the School of Creative Media of City University of Hong Kong in 2007, and went on to receive an MFA from Slade School of Fine Art at University College London in 2011. Formerly based in Beijing and London, Wong currently lives and works in Hong Kong. His recent solo exhibitions include: Untitled- Expressway (Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Hong Kong, 2015), NPO S-Air (Oyoyo Art Center, Sapporo, 2010), Once You Were Here (Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong, 2009). Wong’s recent group exhibitions include: Cosmos (Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, 2014), We Love Video This Summer (Pace Beijing, Beijing 2014), 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen, 2014), Encounters (Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2014), Artists Film International (Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2013), Liste 17 (Liste Art Fair, Basel, 2012), No Soul for Sale (Tate Modern, London, 2010). His work is also part of the collections of the City and County Museum Lincolnshire, The Edward James Foundation, and NPO S-AIR.