At the end of 2018, Lam Tung Pang took the newly inaugurated high-speed rail from Hong Kong to Beijing. The artist has a fear of flying, so train travel is a necessity, in addition to being a curiosity shared by many fellow Hong Kongers.
In the nine-hour journey, Lam was most shocked when the train passes through a 20-minute long underground tunnel inside the territory of Hong Kong. These brief 20 minutes triggered a series of emotional reaction, instant recall and tangential association, which form the genesis for his creation. In the spring of 2019, Lam picked up these threads in a solo exhibition at Blindspot Gallery, curated by Abby Chen, titled “Saan Dung Gei”. This eponymous book is published for Lam Tung Pang’s solo at Blindspot Gallery, held in March 2019.
In addition to the artworks and installation photos, the book also includes the artist’s writing in the latter half of 2019 and early 2020, titled Post-Saan Dung Gei, the curatorial statement by Abby Chen, and critical essays by art historian Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel and the retired Prof. Kurt Chan from The Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong. The book ends with poems performed in a poetry event at the exhibition, initiated by the artist and poet Jennifer Wong, participated by writer/poet Louise Law and Tang Siu Wa.
Lam Tung Pang’s Artist Talk: “Garden of Six Seasons”