In Conversation: Nina Chua and Kwong Lee
Tuesday 14th July 8pm-9pm
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About Nina Chua:
Nina Chua makes drawings that are determined by the capacities and constraints of the materials and tools that she uses. Since 2011 she has predominately been working with marker pen on paper. Each series of drawings explores a different nuance in the process, for example the amount of ink in a marker pen, the permeability of cheap A4 or the resilience of paper pulled from a roll.
The drawings are abstract dealing with line, colour and form. They are often made up of straight lines or scribbles drawn repeatedly to cover the surface of the paper. Marker pen is an unforgiving medium and marks cannot be erased or reworked. Every slip of the hand and lapse of control is visible and the process of its making is fully revealed in the drawing. The transparency of the visual information and the accumulative quality of the marks convey a sense of time spent, through the gradual application of line after line.
Nina Chua was born in 1980 in Manchester, UK. She graduated form am MA in Fine Art from Manchester School of Art in 2011. Chua lives and works in Manchester. Recent exhibitions include: Everything Must Go (Part 2) , Workplace Foundation, And a 123, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK, 11:17, CBS Gallery, Liverpool, UK, The Latest, Blip Blip Blip, Leeds, UK, Life and Opinions, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany, From A to C, this being B, Caustic Coastal, Manchester, UK, Green Room, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK. Nina is part of the 2016 Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist Programme and has work in the Whitworth Art Gallery Collection, Manchester, UK.
About Kwong Lee:
Kwong Lee works as a producer for Manchester International Festival. Between 2005 and 2016, he was the Director of Castlefield Gallery (CG), a publicly funded contemporary art venue and artist development agency. His recent freelance work has been with universities, artist groups and individual artists. From 2013 to 2016, Lee co-chaired Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM), part of a national network, consisting of organisations, art professionals and artists that promotes and supports the work of the city region’s visual art eco-system. He is on the Board of Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.
Lee has lectured and taught at a number of universities. He has presented at conferences, seminars and symposia, and has enjoyed chairing discussions on contemporary art practice. As an artist he has exhibited in the UK (e.g. at the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery), nationally and in Hong Kong and Japan.