Informal Chemistry
October 8, 2019

以「INFORMAL CHEMISTRY」畫展,香港街頭攝影師Gideon de Kock的首次攝影展,為宀畫廊踏入第二年揭開新一頁。是次展覽將展出Gideon de Kock一系列35mm鏡頭攝影作品。

自2015年從南非移居香港,同年他首次手執相機,短短四年間攝影由興趣發展成全職工作,除了商業攝影作品外,Gideon個人對35mm鏡頭攝影有著非一般的熱情。 

圍繞著街頭上人們日常生活和聚集之地,2018年他走過橫街窄巷,出版首本相集「Some Near. Some Far」,而「INFORMAL CHEMISTRY」是其延續之作,見証從對帶有對抗性和直白的風格,演化到有如偵察的細緻而脫俗的傾向。技巧性的取景構圖,Gideon鏡頭以遙距觀察四周環境,平庸主體變得具裝飾感的豐富之作。

宀 Gallery kicks off its second year with INFORMAL CHEMISTRY, the first solo exhibition by Hong Kong-based street photographer Gideon de Kock. For one night only, the show presents an exclusive collection of unique artworks creates from 35mm film photography.  

Gideon De Kock moved from South Africa to Hong Kong in 2015 and in the same year picked up his very first camera. In the space of only four years, what started as a creative interest has developed into a full-time profession. Aside from his commercial work, Gideon is passionately committed to a personal practice which is almost exclusively shot in 35mm film.

His subject matter gravitates around the streets, the every-day and the people who inhabit collective spaces. In 2018 his journey through the avenues of Hong Kong culminated in the publication of his first photo book, "Some Near. Some Far". INFORMAL CHEMISTRY is a continuation from this project, with a photography style that has evolved from ‘confrontational’ and candid, to a more detail orientated investigation of concepts like supramundanity and purpose. While expanding beyond Hong Kong Gideon builds upon his distinct perspective of contemporary environments; turning objects into ornaments and elevating banality with the skillful act of framing.

Not Cigarettes
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium , 59 x 42 cm, unique, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong 2019
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Sea View
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium , 59 x 42 cm, unique, Andaman Sea, Thailand 2018
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Pre-show
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium, 59 x 42 cm, unique, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong 2019
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Bangkok Glass
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium , 59 x 42 cm, unique, Bangkok, Thailand 2019
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Mirror, Man
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium , 59 x 42 cm, unique, Hong Kong, 2017
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Tiger Food
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium , 59 x 42 cm, unique, Seaport, South Africa 2019
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Colour-blocking
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium , 59 x 42 cm, unique, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong 2019
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Cool Float
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium , 59 x 42 cm, unique, Phuket, Thailand 2018
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Informal Chemistry
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium , 59 x 42 cm, unique, Hong Kong 2018
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Personal Jesus
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium , 59 x 42 cm, unique, Bangkok, Thailand 2019
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Spring Water
Gideon de Kock, film photography printed on aluminium , 59 x 42 cm, unique, Walvis Bay, Namibia 2017
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Artist Statement


INFORMAL CHEMISTRY is not a collection of grand gestures, it’s a series of fleeting moments. When captured, these moments ask us to examine the importance of the ‘every day’, the subtle strokes that go unnoticed.

How do you value your home and place? How do you value the people around you and the space they inhabit? What importance do you place on your immediate environment? And what is the value of these images in a space so concerned with grand ambition and artistry?

Here, common objects and moments have transcended to become the supramundane. A hyperfocused view allows things that were once simple in nature to take on meaning beyond their original form and purpose. Through these new ways of seeing, I hope we develop a stronger bond with the world around us, and find empathy and sympathy for our home, and our place in it. With our environment as a mirror, how might we better understand ourselves, and each other?

Informal Chemistry delves into subdued moments of rest, tension, relaxation, isolation and love in places like Hong Kong, South Africa, Namibia and Thailand. We experience solitude, community, trips to the 711 and pure chance. Sincere, honest and untouched moments.

If you see something in a new way, will you ask different questions? Maybe, things become more beautiful the longer you look.


Informal Chemistry不是大搖大擺具主題性的作品,而是以鏡頭獵略一系列的生活碎片,這一分半秒的捕捉,低調地啟發人們重新審視日常生活每個毫不起眼的細節。

你如何衡量你的居住的地方?你如何衡量你的四周的人們和他們聚集的地方?平日起居工作的地方有何重要?你又認為這些具大氣華麗和美學的視象又有何價值?

當平凡變成脫俗,在極度專注之下,重新發現簡單、毫不起眼之事也有其超乎理解的作用。以全新新眼光去觀察,我希望人們能與四周環境重新建立關係,懷有同理心和體諒。以四周環境作一面鏡子,或者能重新審視自我,重新了解自己和他人?

「Informal Chemistry」帶我們投入低調時刻,由香港、南非、納米比亞和泰國間遊走,補捉休息、緊張、放鬆、隔離和愛的一瞬間,原來我們都經歷獨處、群體活動、集體移動便利店、好運、真摯、誠實和不可觸及的時刻。

若果你以全新眼光出發,你會重新思考一切?或者,你會發事物美麗的一面。

Gideon de Kock
Photographer
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