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  PAK KEUNG WAN Lune
pencil on paper
each individual drawing on paper size 29.7 x 42cm
© Pak Keung Wan 2012 (Lune begun 2009)
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UK based artist Pak Keung Wan, born Hong Kong 1970 completed his M.A. in Fine Art Printmaking, at the Royal College of Art [Henry Moore Scholarship] in 1994. Recent solo exhibitions include Ellipsis, G1 Gallery, Solihull Arts Complex, West Midlands [Gallery commission / Arts Council England funded] [2010 - 2011] and Morphologies Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Kettering, Northamptonshire [Gallery commission / Arts Council England funded] [2007].

Recent Drawing Related Activities include Invited Speaker, Symposium, The Insistence of Drawing, University of Northampton [2013], Artist in Residence, The New Art Gallery Walsall [2012], Commission from the Planetarium at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum to produce a body of drawings of Chinese Constellations [2008]. Currently showing at the Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium, New York, USA and the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, Auckland, New Zealand. Pak Keung Wan's works also featured in Wunderkammer: The Artificial Kingdom, The Collection, Lincoln, a show exploring the links between art, collecting & archaeology [2005]. Curated by Edward Allington.

 

Pak Keung Wan is currently working on an ongoing body of work Lune, 2009 - 2030:

'Lune began in 2009 and grew out from the series Totipotenti. It has become a generative form currently comprising of drawing, animation, projection and installation.

Lune starts with drawing. I came across a publication by NASA which details through diagrams all the solar eclipses over a 5000 year period from June 12 1999 (BC) to October 19 1999 (AD).

Each drawing stems from the linear path of shadow traversing the Earth’s surface as seen in each diagram. The forms in the Totipotenti series evolve from numerous self-devised templates. Lune is drawn through one of those templates.

Although the NASA publication informed the production of Lune, its underlying themes are shared by Totipotenti. Here, there are correspondences that reveal and explain - the alignment of two (celestial) bodies bringing forth the (re)production of a life. Within these invaginated forms, in its folds, fissures and openings, I have begun to see Lune as some kind of prosthetic paternal activity where drawing, the still and moving image are surrogates through which a life is sustained. Lune is an act of reproduction.

There are 11,898 solar eclipses detailed in NASA’s publication and the 724 drawings which make up this current animation span a mere 319 years.'

Pak Keung Wan 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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