Cary Kwok

The Pleasure Principle

By Steve Cox OCT 2016

Hong Kong-born Cary Kwok gained an MA in Fashion Design (Womenswear) in 2001, from Central St Martins College of Art and Design. His drawings, which feature fashion, period-costumes, ethnicity and sexuality, have been exhibited internationally. VAULT spoke with the artist as he prepared for his latest exhibition, at Herald St Gallery in London.

IN 2013, I SAW THE EXHIBITION KEEP YOUR TIMBER LIMBER AT LONDON’S ICA, FEATURING YOUR EXQUISITE DRAWINGS OF EJACULATING MEN, OF VARIOUS ETHNICITIES.
Some were made for that exhibition, and some were earlier pieces. For instance, the large drawing of the blindfolded man, Blind Date Buffet, was made for my 2008 solo show at Galerie Perrotin, Miami. And the Religious Men were shown several years ago, at Frieze with my gallery, Herald St. I enjoy drawing subjects that inspire me. The work had a message of sexuality, racial and gender equality.

BALLPOINT PEN IS UNCONVENTIONAL IN A FINE ART CONTEXT, AND YOU ARE A MASTER OF IT.
It has been my favourite medium since the first year of secondary school, in Hong Kong. Students were encouraged to use ballpoint pen instead of the erasable pencil used at primary school. The idea was to prepare us for the grown-up world. I quickly realised that the pen rendered very well, so I started drawing with it. All my schoolbooks were covered with my doodling and fashion drawings, and there were flip animations on almost every corner of my... Subscribe to read this article in full

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