Studio Introduction Video: Andrew Luk



My name is Andrew Luk and i am a Hong Kong based sculptor and installation artist. My work primarily begins with historical research and by tracing connections I look for ideological underpinnings and their expressions. Its a process that can be multidisciplinary and sometimes leads into unknown territory. Themes that arise in the practice are entanglements between the natural and The man-made, preservation vs. entropy, historical narratives and science fiction narratives.

I am interested in irregular fragmented connections, things that don’t quite make sense. Art is the discipline of creative exploration, its a process, that leads to different perceptions or a better well – rounded comprehension. My work is not a form of self expression, but as a process of searching, learning and sharing.

Thank you.

Research Topic – Gasometer

In my research for the Leave Your Body residency, I have been looking at Videotage’s quickly gentrifying neighborhood of To Kwa Wan*. As is usually the case with my practice, underlying historical narratives and connections that are not immediately apparent take precedence. The photo below is of the Towngas Ma Tau Kok Control Centre, located directly next door to the Cattle Depot Artist Village where Videotage resides.

Gasometers are large cylindrical metal tanks built as storage silos for gas for use as fuel.

There are several different types of gasometers. The type of gasometer with scaffolding, like the one at the Ma Tau Kok Control Centre, are predominantly located underground and would telescope up above ground as pressure from stored gas increased and subside as pressure decreased, storing and releasing gas through the day like a massive lung**. However, the use of gasometers has become obsolete in recent times as gas storage is largely done underground in high-pressure pipelines. As our age aligns development with green-washing, immunization, and escapism, the burying or obscuring of unseemly or obsolete systems is an ongoing process worth investigating.

*To be fair, one of the top three of Hong Kong’s pollutants is a result of its use of concrete, so most of the city is under an incessant pace of development and gentrification, which makes pointing out and finding methods of preserving historical landmarks all the more crucial.

**Thinking of the city as an organic machine, composed of its inhabitants and the infrastructure that meets their needs is a biomorphic analogy that runs throughout my practice.