Mak2 aka Mak Ying Tung 2

Mak Ying Tung 2 (b. 1989, Hong Kong) is a conceptual artist. Her work contemplates 21st century issues through the study of philosophy, art history, culture, shifting socio-political environments, the internet, and new technology. The aesthetic experience she crafts is bound by the dualism of humor and intense inquisitiveness. She creates, installations, paintings, drawings, video work, youtube videos, stand-up comedy routines, and Instagram filters.

Her iconic Home Sweet Home (2019-) series are triptychs on canvas that make use of the popular American life simulation video game “the Sims” and are each painted by three separate painters on the Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao. She uses "the Sims" as a virtual construction tool for her ideas of both utopia and dystopia in the context of Hong Kong. In the game she creates bizarre environments such as bedrooms filled with CCTV cameras, lonely millennial hangout spots, and pools on roofs filled with flowers. She takes screen-captures of these digital fantasies and divides the resultant images into thirds. Each third is subsequently painted by a separate painter found on Taobao, who is given as little instruction as possible. Through fracturing the process of production and allowing external factors to intervene in the actualisation of her artwork, Mak 2’s Home Sweet Home series not only elucidates the inevitable disparity between fantasy and reality, it also crafts a comment on authorship, “copy-cat” culture, and the complex narratives that construct her understanding of home.

Mak 2 is also well known for her conceptual installations. Her work You Better Watch Out (2017), was included in an exhibition presented by MoMA PS1 and K11 Art Foundation titled .com/.cn. Through the use of a giant snow globe, colorful balls, QR codes, and a CCTV camera, the artwork explores the troubling duality between contemporary modes of entertainment and the growth of surveillance states across the globe.

Mak 2's artwork has been exhibited internationally in: How Do We Begin?, X Museum, Beijing, China (2020); Home Sweet Home, de Sarthe, Hong Kong, China (2019); We Didn't Mean To Break It (But It's Ok, We Can Fix It), Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); Whatever Works, Whatever It Takes, Goethe-Institut China, Beijing (2019); The Anything Machine, de Sarthe, Beijing, China (2018); Invisible Cities, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, USA (2017-18); .com/.cn - Co-presented by KAF and MoMA PS1, K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai, China (2017-18); Reversal Ritual, de Sarthe, Hong Kong, China (2017); COMEINSIDE: EAT ME, PingPong 129, Hong Kong, China (2017); COMEINSIDE: BABY SHOWER, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong, China (2017); Artists' Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2016); The Second "CAFAM-Future" Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2015); Artistic or Autistic - The Seventh Annual Exhibition, Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China (2014); Almost Empty, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong, China (2014); and SOFT OFF: But I love it when your mouth is a little shut, ltd Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA (2013).

Mak 2 lives and works in Hong Kong.

 

Watch de Sarthe's former director Willem Molesworth talk about Mak 2's artwork in Episode 2 of On-Site Notes

Visit the artist's online portfolio with more information about her artworks, Youtube presence, select museum shows, and more.

 

de Sarthe past exhibitions:

Home Sweet Home, 23 November 2019 - 11 January, 2020

The Anything Machine, 26 May - 22 July, 2018

Reversal Ritual, 23 March - 13 May, 2017

 

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Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Flower Pool, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Rosy Drone, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 200 x 150cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Rose Pool, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 200 x 150 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Mak in Pool 1, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 200 x 150 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: 1,2,3 Cheese, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 120 x 213 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: 1, 2, 3, 4, Cheese, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 85 x 150 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Cheese, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 85 x 150 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Referencing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Cheese 3, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 120 x 213 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Flower Tub Pool 2020 1, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 120 x 213 cm (Each panel 120 x 71 cm)

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Fishing in Central 5, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 120 x 213 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: In the Same Breath 3, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 120 x 213 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Lava Lamp, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, triptych, 120 x 213 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: 1, 2, 3, Cheese RAW, 2020, Colored pencil on paper, 38.5 x 61.7 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Mak in Pool 2 RAW, 2020. Colored pencil on paper, triptych, 38.5 x 61.7 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: In the Same Breath 6 RAW, 2020. Colored pencil on paper, triptych, 38.5 x 61.7 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Home Sweet Home: Speculum 5 RAW, 2020. Colored pencil on paper, triptych, 38.5 x 61.7 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, Fake Laugh, 2019, 6 screen video installation, Dimensions variable

Mak Ying Tung 2, Out of Body Experience, 2018, Vinyl, PC computer, screens, rock salt, light, tissues, two digital videos, HDV 2'37

Mak Ying Tung 2, Sterilization, 2013, Single channel video, 32'11"

Mak Ying Tung 2, Physicality II, 2018. Dyson fans, thermal paper, dimensions variable.

Mak Ying Tung 2, Mr. Fool Wants to Move the Mountains, 2018. Robotic vacuum cleaners, sand. Dimensions variable.

Mak Ying Tung 2, We are All Equal, 2015. Supermarket products. Dimensions variable.

Mak Ying Tung 2, Revenge, 2013. A hammer, nails, 61 x 15 x 8 cm.

Mak Ying Tung 2, Happy, Happier, Happiest, 2013. Bank notes, party horn. Dimensions variable

Mak Ying Tung 2, You Better Watch Out, 2017, Sponge balls, PVC plastic, inflatable snow globe, IP camera system, 218 x 330 x 260 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, You Better Watch Out, 2017, Sponge balls, PVC plastic, inflatable snow globe, IP camera system, 218 x 330 x 260 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, You Better Watch Out, 2017, Sponge balls, PVC plastic, inflatable snow globe, IP camera system, 218 x 330 x 260 cm

Mak Ying Tung 2, You Better Watch Out, 2017, Sponge balls, PVC plastic, inflatable snow globe, IP camera system, 218 x 330 x 260 cm