The reason why Young Soy started as a gallery is because there were several artists in Hong Kong (a major global art hub) that were not getting the attention they deserved. Also, because of Covid, the city had shut its borders, and not much was coming in or out. With this our city grew bored, and our artists grew hungry(er). The goal at first was to support these Hong Kong artists, and to assist them in showing the city what incredible talent they had to offer. Since then however we have evolved…
Galleries play important roles because they showcase the art and culture of what we as a society should hold dear, and cherish. This comes with great responsibility, and in order to treat it with such, the practices of a gallery must have a low viscosity. This is why we choose to be elastic in our practice, and not shy away from experimentation on how we expose the public to our artists, and their work.
One of the ways in which we do this is by changing the location from one exhibition to another. Although we have shows in our own space, and plan to often in the future, we believe it is important to find interesting and bespoke spaces for certain exhibitions. This can enhance the artwork on display, and bring them to life, almost adding a whole other dimension to a show. We personally find this exciting and an audience should as well. Especially considering these spaces we find and exhibit in are primarily in their organic form. This is important because if the setting for a show feels too fabricated, it can come across as too forced, and then it rips the heart and soul out of the show. At that point we are better off in a white box. Some of our first exhibitions took place in Barber shops, speakeasies, Tattoo studios, etc. The further we explore this, the greater the benefit for the artists, and audience alike.
Although we started as a Hong Kong gallery, and as much as that will always be a part of our identity as a gallery, it is our plan to traverse the global landscape with our artists, and plant flags where we see our gallery benefiting the local demographic of both artist, and audience. This will allow our Hong Kong artists to show abroad, and it will also allow us to discover and invite artists from abroad back home with us.
In addition to physical exhibitions, having a strong digital presence for our gallery is vital especially for the artists as this is what allows their respective audiences to learn more about them, and it enables people from all corners of the globe discover them. This is why we invest resources into video production, online marketplaces and the development of our own digital platforms.
Lastly, in the case of our gallery, although our primary focus is on visual artists, we do not feel as if we are limited to them. We also see the possibility of us also being able to facilitate the growth of performing artists, filmmakers, and musicians alike.