What can butterfly palms, passion vines, and acanthus plants tell us about human relationships, everyday behaviours, and affective (r)evolutions? How do blooms, creepers, and phytomorphic decorations relate to subjectivities, moods, and processes of cultural signification? An amateur naturalist and a socially fugitive individual, Trevor Yeung has long been obsessed with the structural logic of systems. His practice—ranging from photography and sculpture to the creation of elaborate scenarios—detects and distils patterns of co-dependency, aspirational thrusts, and forms of vulnerability embedded in human and natural ecosystems. In this talk, the artist will reflect upon his long-term engagement with the natural world and his aesthetic strategies aimed at encoding personal experiences and emotional landscapes in plant-based installations.
This talk will take place in the artist’s studio.
The practice of Trevor Yeung (b. 1988, China/Hong Kong) consistently excavates the inner logics of closed systems and the way in which such systems contain and create emotional and behavioural conditions. In his mixed-media works, carefully staged objects, animals, and plants function as aesthetic pretexts which delicately and ironically address notions of artificiality and the processes of human relations. His works have been exhibited internationally at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2019); 4th Dhaka Art Summit 2018, Bangladesh (2018); Para Site, Hong Kong (2017), and Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea (2017), among other venues.
Image: Trevor Yeung, Maracujá Road, 2014, passion fruit plants, bamboo, neon light, 10th Shanghai Biennale, installation view. Courtesy the artist.