Penang Happenings | Chuan Kui – A Solo Exhibition by Ono Kang
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Chuan Kui – A Solo Exhibition by Ono Kang

Chuan Kui’ A Solo Exhibition by Ono Kang
14 April – 27 May, 2018 at Hin Bus Depot Gallery.
Opening: 14 April, 7pm until late


Let’s talk about breath. What does it mean to breathe – or in the words of my native Hokkien language, Chuan Kui?

Ono has always been an avid collector of things since young. One of his favourite sport as a child was to collect fallen kites. He returned to settle in Penang as a tattoo artist in his early twenties. Seeing the huge modernization change that has taken over his hometown was perhaps a little saddening and he started collecting old items in Georgetown – furniture, household items, gadgets, even factory machines. Anything that reminds him of his childhood and the old Georgetown that he grew up in. His collection is his way of remembering his own heritage and the history of his culture. As his collection grew, Ono started to build sculptures and installations out of them.

Upon reaching 40, Ono is ready to take on a new chapter in life. He has a young family in tow and they would be journeying to a new country soon. This exhibition is his personal tribute to his home, his family, his heritage, and his 40 years of living. Here’s to his next chapter!

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