Hemlock is the pen name (and fictional creation) of the author of the Big Lychee and former Hemlock’s Diary websites.
The exhibition, “Homage” pays tribute to the men and women who ruled Hong Kong in the first decade of the 21st Century
The works, presented in the form of limited edition prints, are collages largely composed of ‘found’ material, especially photographs, mainly drawn from mass media.
Viewers looking for influences may initially see Gilbert and George or Andy Warhol. Structurally, the compositions tend to employ tools of heraldry or religious iconography, such as symmetry and repetition in support of a central figure of veneration. This framework is used to present juxtapositions, including motifs seemingly at odds with the apparent devotional focus of the piece. One recurring example is images of women, frequently pensive, usually from a different era; another is bold contrasts of colour.
The result is frequently tension or contradiction, both visual and between images’ wider contexts, which the viewer may perceive as amusing, unsettling or simply devoid of meaning