FAN­TAS­TI­CAL VI­SIONS OF A LOST CITY

Canadian Art - - Auction Highlights - Howie Tsui’s Kowloon / Wu­dang Walled City, 2017

A man bathing—per­haps boil­ing—in a large vat. A butcher’s daily rou­tine. A young man en­thralled by a ra­di­at­ing tele­vi­sion. Th­ese are just a few of the many scenes con­tained within Van­cou­ver artist Howie Tsui’s reimag­in­ing of the in­fa­mous, un­governed and now de­stroyed Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. “I want to raise the ques­tion of whether so­cial har­mony can ex­ist in law­less places. And, para­dox­i­cally, if leg­is­lated gov­erned states could be ripe for cor­rup­tion,” says Tsui. “His­tor­i­cally, the Kowloon Walled City, as an avatar for me, fits per­fectly as a so­cially har­mo­nious com­mu­nity that ex­ists in a lim­i­nal state.” As the site of his mon­u­men­tal 25-me­tre-long, five-chan­nel video Re­tain­ers of Anarchy (2017), the city be­came a sur­ro­gate for the chivalry and dis­si­dence of its in­hab­i­tants.

Es­ti­mate: $4,000

Ep­son ul­tra­chrome pig­mented ink on Ep­son cold­press rag pa­per, 36 x 48 in., AP 1/3, cour­tesy the artist and Art La­bor, framed by Su­per­frame,

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