Preparing for the ¡®Aqua Et Lux¡¯

On the 5th of September 2017, Christchurch born video editor, artist and animator, Ken Clark, arrived at Fo Guang Yuan (FGY) Art Gallery Christchurch to prepare for his exhibition entitled ¡®Aqua Et Lux¡¯. At the venue to assist Ken Clark were FGY Art Gallery Coordinator Vicky Han, Yiyi Tan and other BLIA members. Together, they managed to put up 10 pieces of his artwork in the Prajna Room.

Ken¡¯s display at the ¡®Aqua Et Lux¡¯ exhibition are much influenced and inspired by the great Greek philosopher, Plato. Through a process of computerised multiple imaging of photo-prints, Ken is able to merge flows of lights, and at the same time, he is able to subtly impart his personal thoughts into his works. His exhibition covers various topics including the ¡®Creation of Universe via the formation of Atmosphere and Horizon¡¯, to the ¡®Stages of Human Growth, namely: Conception, Incubation, Birth, Growing-up, Life¡¯s Experiences as influenced by Karma, Death and finally Reincarnation¡¯. In an abstract way, Ken is able to tell the story of the full human life cycle.

The artist expresses his personal love for the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple South Island as every time he visits the FGY Art Gallery, he is taken with its serene and tranquil ambience. The works displayed at the ¡®Aqua Et Lux¡¯ exhibition bear much similarities with the Buddhist concepts of Life and Death. It is hoped that their colourful presentation will further enrich one¡¯s desire towards a better tomorrow.

The Exhibition at FGY Art Gallery starts from 9th September to 8th October 2017 and Ken will occasionally present to the Art Gallery to explain his work to visitors, sharing his personal experiences and sources of inspiration with them.