Henry Hu is a Hong Kong-bred artist based in Sydney, Australia. The feature image is called “Boy With a Bone (Pointing Edges)”. His digital artwork plays with color, shape, and atmosphere. The images seem to have a sound, texture, and taste, and represent his life’s stories without words. Here’s more on what he has to say about his work.
FORTH: What are you most trying to communicate with your art?
HH: For me, art is always about creating materials to reflect and produce a collective consciousness that lasts. No matter what medium it is – music or film, visual art or poetry. By personally translating their intimate moments, artists create a pathway to share themselves with others. These raw, vulnerable feelings connect and react differently with people. They flood memories, they act as a healing device, they allow people to romanticise past memories and fantasies, because that is usually not how things went down, because no one owns memory.
With my art, I always try to assemble a full body of work. Form and present ideas as a complete collection piece by piece – the understanding of a journey with a beginning and an end. This is how it began, how I intend to stay.
FORTH: What’s the most important wisdom you’ve gained from art?
HH: There is so much.
I do have a pessimistic view on life, that’s probably why Woody Allen’s works resonate heavily with me. I mean you can pretty much learn two lifetimes worth of philosophy off the guy. It’s ridiculous. Films from Terrence Malick also bring something unique and fresh to the table — his latest project ‘Knight of Cups’ is easily one of my favourite films.
At the end of the day, I appreciate the importance of arts. It preserves and pushes a culture forward and ultimately this is an endless cycle till the universe blackens out. For generations we learned about the past through paintings, books, films, architecture, and nothing has changed. It has always been the responsibility of the artists to reflect, identify, and interpret the hard truth of their society. Recognizing the darkness, the despair, the grimness of reality. Saturate the colors.
FORTH: How has your work developed and changed over the years?
HH: I would say my recent projects or just stuff I am currently working on are definitely bigger in scope and are byproducts of a lot of changes in life and growing up in general. Perhaps the tone of my newer works is getting more grounded in a sense of my cynical perception on things and people. I am constantly exploring new styles or just directions to tackle. After all art plays a big part in my life. For me it is a necessary act. I wouldn’t be able to go weeks or even days without listening to music or watching a film and it is truly exciting for me every time when artists I like announce or release a new project.
Currently I have the opportunity to do something I really care for and I wouldn’t take it for granted. Time passes, people come and go, dreams adjust in realities. I feel now as if I owe it to myself that I have a lot more to offer, and I should do whatever I can to get them out there.
To view more of Henry Hu’s works, visit henryhhu.com