Fan Chon Hoo


03 Feb 2011 - 26 Feb 2011
'The Blue and White Collection', Article #10 - Bath, 2010

Curated by Keith Whittle


Eleven Spitalfields Gallery and Fountain is delighted to present the first solo exhibition dedicated to the work of emerging Malaysian artist Fan Chon Hoo.


Shortlisted for the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4’s New Sensations 2010, Fan Chon Hoo is an artist with an uniquely compelling visual language. By assuming the role of a modern day amateur antiquarian and anthropologist, one informed by earlier figures of 18th and 19th century travellers and amateur naturalists, Hoo explores the role that cultural artefacts have as residues and deposits of the process of cultural translation.


Amongst these cultural artefacts, the Willow Pattern chinaware and the Victorian copper jelly mould underline for Hoo the notion of cultural translation. In works such as 'The Blue and White Collection'; a series of paper earthenware works created in response to the Willow Pattern invented by English craftsmen in the late eighteenth century and embellished with imaginary landscapes made up of oriental architectural structures, exoticised follies from ornamental gardens found within the UK, Hoo playfully explores how a foreign culture can be appropriated and translated then subconsciously tucked into the local culture. On the other hand, The jelly moulds collection explores the seeming de rigueur of the decorative Victorian dessert to individual nostalgia and moral sentiment. Crafted from brightly coloured and luminous gelling agents imported from Indonesia and produced from moulds informed by Rococo & Neoclassical architectural details, these eloquent and beguiling works attempt to call attention to the incongruous relation of expropriation and appropriation.


Into the world of palpable objects and fruitful delight is an encounter with Fan Chon Hoo’s prodigious talent for creating accomplished and thoughtful works that evoke and echo the authentic, and through his own idiosyncratic experimentations, question the positing of origin through his subtle and irreverent exploration of artifice.


Fan Chon Hoo was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1982 and studied photography at London College of Communications. Aged 28, he will be the youngest artist to exhibit at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery. Fan Chon Hoo's work was exhibited at The House of Nobelemen, 2 Cornwell Terrace as part of Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4’s New Sensations 2010, organised to find and support the most imaginative and talented artists graduating in the UK.

Talks and events:

Fan Choo Hoo and exhibition curator Keith Whittle will introduce and discuss the work at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery.