Simon Fuh, Artist – Toronto & Kenneth Jeffrey Kwan Kit Lau, Artist – Mississauga

Simon Fuh is an artist from Regina, now living and working in Toronto. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto, where he recently received the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. His recent exhibitions include Down the Rabbit Hole at 330g in Saskatoon, unscheduled arrivals at Bunker 2 in Toronto, Ibid. by the Ibid. Curatorial Collective in Regina, and The Greatest of All Time at Flux Gallery in Winnipeg.
Kenneth Jeffrey Kwan Kit Lau is an interdisciplinary artist born in Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Guelph, and currently lives and works in Mississauga. His recent exhibitions include unscheduled arrivals at Bunker 2 in Toronto, Booksbooksbooks at The Brandscape in Toronto, kind of sky blue II at Doc in Paris, and I was uncategorical, and so, defiant at AKA Artist-run in Saskatoon.
Simon and Kenneth’s collaborative exhibition Eternal Wish Radio is on display at Forest City Gallery from July 8 until September 5.

  1. Lemon water & blank paper

In the summer heat, nothing quenches the thirst quite like a cold glass of lemon water. I cut a few pieces and put them in a big glass in the fridge. I don’t squeeze them first, because I find that doing so activates the bitter juices in the rind. Just let them sit in the water and the citrus will seep out. (SF)

Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time (光復香港,時代革命): this slogan has been used by citizens who fight for democracy. On July 2, 2020, the Hong Kong government announced that anyone who uses the slogan can be prosecuted under the National Security Law. Since then, people use different “silent” methods to speak out against Communism and censorship. One of the most creative and effective ones I found is raising blank papers, but now it’s illegal to hold blank papers. (KJKKL)

  1. Chelsea Girls at the lake & the digestive system

I went to the lake last week and got kind of drunk on the dock while reading Eileen Myles’ autobiographical novel. It felt weirdly dissociative given the state of the world. But it was nourishing to be taken on a ride through her memories with my feet in the water. (SF)

Early last year I had really bad diarrhea and it basically messed up my entire digestive system. I have been trying different methods to heal my stomach. I find that the Align brand digestive supplement helps to eliminate gas, but it doesn’t cure my digestive system. Kefir and kimchi work pretty well. I drink a cup of kefir and eat a small amount of kimchi every day. Also 25% of V8 + 25% of prune juice + 25% of cranberry juice + 25% of water = great juice to stimulate digestion. (KJKKL)

  1. Laurel Woodcock & Supriya Lele and Nensi Dojaka

Laurel Woodcock, conditions (2006), from Vtape

I revisited Laurel Woodcock’s affective conceptualism a few months ago. Her work sticks with me. I never had the chance to meet her, but I’ve always felt like she was the best of the mid ‘00s Toronto conceptual artists. She reminds me that conceptual art doesn’t have to be dry. Make it wet! (SF)

I like fashion and streetwear, and recently came across these two fashion designers who mainly do   womenswear. They like to use layers of sheer fabrics and materials that feel very fragile. I also like the contrast between the fabrics and human skin. They are both kinda similar. (KJKKL)

  1. Mask anonymity & sheer curtains and marshmallow sofa

This one is a bit contextual. I think it was Rick Ross who said that he only takes off his sunglasses for his mother. Masks in public underscore a barrier between intimacy that already exists with strangers. Taking it off indicates trust, and leaving it on can help you fade from memory. (SF)

The curtains remind me of Supriya Lele and Nensi Dojaka’s work. I like how they block out sunlight while creating an enjoyable vibe in your living and sleeping areas. A few days ago, I watched a documentary about furniture and the marshmallow sofa got my attention. It’s a very weird looking sofa that consists of multiple chair pads. (KJKKL)

  1. My window terrarium & water

I’ve never lived in a basement before. The front window of my unit looks directly into a thick leafy bush that overgrows in the summer. My partner’s cat likes to sit in there when he goes outside, so the window frames him from the ground like a portal to a new world – lush and green. (SF)

Drink more water. Water is good for you. (KJKKL)