Larry Yung: The Visit

Larry Yung: The Visit

untitled with video (working title) by larry yung

Larry Yung

Untitled with Video (working title), 2012

woman on armchair by larry yung

Larry Yung

Woman on Armchair, 2012

Donnerstag, 4. Oktober 2012Samstag, 3. November 2012

Hong Kong, China

4 October – 3 November 2012 | AMELIA JOHNSON CONTEMPORARY

Gallery Hours:
Tues – Sat: 10.30 – 6.30 pm
Other times by appointment

Amelia Johnson Contemporary is delighted to announce Larry Yung’s fifth solo exhibition in Hong Kong. For the past four years, Yung has been researching and applying the art of filmmaking to create an installation project that incorporates film, painting and audio elements.

In "The Visit", Yung continues to examine Chinese culture and its impact on contemporary lives with a deeply personal survey of carefully selected moments from his childhood. Many of the images are taken from old photographs found in albums belonging to the artist’s father. Yung uses painting to examine the lives and unravel the stories of his family members and to create narratives for the unknown faces found in the photos as well. Using painting, mixed media and sound, the artist manipulates the context of the photographs to create entirely new, thought-provoking narratives that convey a nostalgic and idyllic depiction of Yung’s childhood.

Presented alongside the works on canvas are two short films. The first film, “4:15”, explores the notion of dreams by combining music and edited footage from home videos. The artist’s titular film, “The Visit” is the culmination of four years of personal reflection. It is an intensely personal documentary piece examining the past relationship of the artist’s parents, his own relationships with his mother and father, and the impact of their separation.

Larry Yung weaves together movies of his childhood with audio elements and poetic painted imagery to create an exhibition that is intensely personal while at the same time provides a thoughtful insight into the shared experiences of Chinese immigrants to the USA in the 1950’s. Loaded with intensity and personal awareness, Yung imparts to his viewer the very raw emotions that so many in his generation grapple with.


Larry YUNG is a contemporary Chinese American artist raised in San Francisco from the age of six. Throughout his career, Yung has held numerous sellout exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Sweden, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. As well as countless group shows, Yung has produced commissions for Nordstrom, Proctor and Gamble, Pierre Cardin and China Max Cafe and his work can be found in private collections of Marvel Comics, Esquire Magazine and Bill Gate's Microsoft Collection. Yung’s work has also been featured in museum exhibitions including the Alternative Museum in New York City, The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Berkeley Art Center and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Most recently, he was selected and published in the Microsoft Art Collection’s 25th Anniversary catalogue.


Founded in 2005 by Amelia Johnson, Amelia Johnson Contemporary has built up an enviable reputation for presenting carefully curated exhibitions. The gallery is dedicated to exhibiting groundbreaking international contemporary art in Hong Kong and to promoting young Hong Kong artists through spotlight exhibitions both in Hong Kong and overseas. The gallery has grown to such an extent that Gallery 2 of Amelia Johnson Contemporary was established at the start of 2011. Based in an old potter’s studio across the street from the main gallery space, Gallery 2 is an exciting new venue for showcasing site-specific installations and large scale single works. The gallery has participated in many international art fairs, including CIGE (Beijing), Arco (Madrid), ShContemporary (Shanghai), The Asian Art Fair (New York) Pulse (Miami) and ART HK (Hong Kong).

For further details on the exhibition, detailed artist biography & images please contact the gallery on (852) 2548 2286 or [email protected]