【感謝International Art Magazine Magzoid 邀約訪問】
兩個月前正籌備聯展時在網上出席了ARTZONE International的online exhibition，當中五件展品有四件作品入圍，當時其中一個單位邀約做了個訪問，終於在一本國際藝術雜誌 Magzoid 二月號出了，非常感恩。也全因科技發展，如果你抱持信念同夢想，持之而行，你的作品和理念一定會被世界聽到。
It's my honour to be featured in an International Art Magazine: Magzoid. Thanks to the technology, if you really persist to do what you really LOVE in your life, your work and thoughts could be reached the world. Thanks for having me. Art of Life, Life of Art.
1) A brief about you
My name is Ken Kung, born in Hong Kong, a city of mixed culture. I started doing photography at 8 and developed the image art style of minimalism and spirituality. I never attended any art school or university. Neither has received any formal training on design, arts or photography. My focus on arts and media culture was driven by passion and love since adolescence. I am a director, writer, and creator, spending half of my life in the creative industry. On my 36th birthday, I decided to quit my job and took a long trip to Europe around a month, to visit galleries and museums everyday. During the journey, I started writing articles about arts and self-growth to spirituality, and found that Art is essential in my life. Two years later, I found my way to be an artist, and wanna learn and connect with different great creators in the world. I believe that art is the soul of human beings. It's about the desire to create something beautiful and unique, with the power to make a better world. I also believe that my artworks and writings can ignite the soul from people's hearts. With this principle, I have the passion to keep exploring the Art world.
2) How did your journey as an artist begin and why did you choose to become an artist?
I think I was born to be an artist, actually I believe everyone is born to be an artist. We just need some sparks in life to kick off the rocket. To me, I love beautiful and simple things, people, design, nature since I was 7-8 years old as I remember. I started photography around 8, even earlier. I remembered I was so surprised to receive my Rolleiflex Twin-lens reflex camera (TLR) from my father, I felt that I really love this, and have the thought of keep doing it, and started to capture everythings in my life. . Although i didn’t know how to use the TLR camera at that age.
My art started from photography, I was so crazy about it because I found that I am a good observer due to my curiosity. On my 36 birthday, I decided to quit my job after a big change in life path, travel a long trip to Europe, start writing and doing lots of experiments on the artworks which I created when I was teenage. After 2 years of building and developing, I found my way to create an agency related to art, to be an artist, and to put my passion in the art industry.
3) What are the different forms of artworks that you do?
As I said I retrieve my photos more than 10 years ago, chasing back all the memories and emotions behind each photo. My Art starts with photography, everytime i create, I would put all my focus on the picture in my mind, and catch the soul of the object. I think the vital aspect of my work is the soul power. Two years ago I met an old craftsman in HongKong, he’s very talented at fixing damaged photos and I admire him so much. As a result, there are two main procedures for handling the artwork. I invited the old master craftsman to retouch the old photos, then make use of AI techniques to make them large enough to be printed on fine art paper. After a hundred times of try and error, surprisingly created realistic paint-like texture after the AI process. Through all the works on the old photos, I retrieved all my memories of the past.
I believe that the value of artwork is the evidence of reality, the record of time, and the precious memory of love and soul.
4)What does your work aim to say?
I would say my artwork is the message of soul, It’s spiritual and you can find the power in my minimal structure and framing. You would feel connected to my Arts if my work ignites the soul from your hearts. After studying Buddhism and spirituality, the intention of pursuit of form or skill vanished. I decide to hide and isolate my intention and emotion in my art, only presenting the original existence. I decided to leave the imagination of artwork to the audience. When I was growing up, I self-studied philosophy and always questioned about time and reality. I always say, "every moment is a frame of life." A great photo or art piece is a record of life, memories and even the society. I believe reality can only stay in the form of memories, and express in the form of creation. We all came across a year of sadness in 2020. I saw many people were suddenly living an unhappy life in Hong Kong. For that reason, I want to do something that is meaningful and can bring hopes to others. That’s the reason and aim of my Art work.
5) What is your process of creating paint-liked texture art style?
As I said I invited the old master craftsman, who is from Beijing, to retouch the old photos. I would think that is part of creation and essential in my art creation. The craftsman put his thoughts and energy into the old photos under my direction. And then I found that I want to make my work big enough to print it on art paper. I wanna display my work and let people feel the texture closely and physically. Although my artwork starts from traditional form, I think artists also need to think out of the box and make use of technology. I have a friend who is a programmer and collector himself. We both love art and hangout in different galleries during holiday. He helped me create a programme with AI and algorithm to make my old photowork large enough. After a hundred times of try and error, surprisingly created realistic paint-like texture after the AI process.
I would think that creation is a process of try and error, and I can refine and purify my expression in each stage of trying, and deliver it to people in the form of minimalism as results.
6) What is that one line of quote that you abide by in your life or you would like others to follow?
In my life or art life, I have a very solid core of belief which can be expressed in one line of quote. “Be good to Life”. In 2020, the world turned upside down. Lots of people’s lifestyles were changed suddenly. Negative energy envelops everyone around us. I want to tell the people who are reading my interview to always be good to life even in sadness and frustration. In my spiritual art collection, you can see the elements of self-grow and positive inspiration, in which I wanna deliver “The Ending is a New Beginning”. That’s the purpose of my arts and how I use arts as a tool to heal others.
7) Please tell us a bit about an artwork of yours that you are immensely proud of?
In 2017, I experienced cross roads and feeling lost in my life. I bought a drone and carried it to different mountains, kept flying it, kept hiking, and wanted to let the time wash away all my sadness and feelings of guilt. The artwork was taken when my best friend and I were staying in a small city in China, using our drones to explore nature. After I captured this top-shot, I found that the picture was just like the Chinese symbol “Yin Yang”, I was inspired by it and started to think about studying Buddhism and spirituality, hope can solve all the questions in my mind.
“Yin Yang” is part of art in my spiritual art collection. Which may not be the most important artwork of me, but it inspired me to explore spirituality and I always cherish the friendship with my supportive friends.
8) What is that one question that you would have asked yourself and we haven't yet?
Maybe I can tell more about what I wanna do beyond creating art works. In my blueprint, I am building a platform which can help connect different talented young artists and help them get more exposure so that they can be focused on their works. There are many talented emerging artists in the world, and except Instagram (Thanks to Instagram my art could be reached by thousands of people from the world), there should be a fair online platform and community for those artists in need of support. In 10 years time, I would like to cooperate with other artists, illustrators or creative units. We all need more surprises in life, isn’t it?
9) What are the best resources that have helped you in your way?
The best resources that have helped me in my life path are all the inspiration from talented artists, and good people around me. And of course the collectors and customers who buy my artworks, and some curators who help me in exhibition. Thanks God and the Universe gave me this gift to deliver my messages to others.
10) How do you feel being the Featured Artist in the Magazine?
It’s my honor to be featured in Magzoid magazine. And I was happy to meet so many talented artists around the world in ARTOZE- International Online Art Exhibition.
11) What message and advice do you have for the readers?
Pls follow my Instagram and kenkung.com and hope that my artworks and my story can keep us connected. Enjoy the Art of Life. Thank you for loving my artworks.