Andrew Luk

Born in 1988 in Summit, New Jersey, USA, Andrew Luk was raised in Hong Kong, where he still lives and works today.

Andrew Luk is a multimedia artist whose practice illustrates the ever-changing representation and perception of violence. Inspired by post-structuralism and Paul Virilio’s practice, Luk investigates how civilization regards itself in relation to nature. He examines civilization while studying the natural forces of entropy, anti-entropy, and preservation. Luk exemplifies these ideas through the Horizon Scan series, in which he uses homemade napalm—an incendiary agent that has been banned by the United Nations for wartime use—to torch and clear materials such as canvas, wood, and copper. The burned remains are then carefully collaged together, submerged in resin, and painstakingly polished for days. The final result shows the work lit from within, and illuminates an unfamiliar landscape that exists outside of the wall it rests upon. The layers seem to shift and slide depending on the passing of time and light. The way that the mutable patterns reveal their nuances and subtleties correlates with Luk’s perception of time.  

His work has been exhibited internationally including in Next Act, Asia Society, Hong Kong, China (2020); Very Natural Actions, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, China (2019); Serious Games, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); Appropriate Responses for Featherless Bipeds with Broad Flat Nails, chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, China (2018); A Tree Fell in the Forest, and No One's There, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2018); Practice, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong, China (2017); At Wits' End, Kula Bazaar ACC, Gwangju, Korea (2016).

His work is included in public collections worldwide, including: Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL, USA; Frank. F. Yang Art and Education Foundation, Shenyang, China; University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL, USA; and K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China.

He is the recipient of the 2016 Project Grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the 2014 Emerging Artist Grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. 

Andrew Luk graduated from the New England School of Art and Design (NESAD) in Boston, Massachusetts with a BFA in 2010. In the same year, he also graduated from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts with a BA in European History. 

 

de Sarthe past exhibitions:

Shifting Landscapes, 11 April - 27 June 2020

Practice, 2 - 9 September, 2017

de Sarthe Artist Residency x Andrew Luk, 12 July - 2 September, 2017

 

 

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