‘Just like everybody else,’ is the strongest suicide pill for anyone here on Earth. No one wants to be an underdog; people are always looking for certain achievements, yet a lot of times they ask themselves to be “normal” and what being done means nothing to the individuals. Life without meaning is tragic; human works every day just to survive but not knowing the destination. This “pointlessness” processes a spirit to a total waste with no effort; and we have way more waste than needed on this small planet.

Born and raised in cosmopolitan Hong Kong, Tong, mostly working in paintings, realized several patterns existing in everyday life where people are eventually sticking to. He allows the sensitive instinct to guide him through cultures, discovering the connections and identities among the surroundings, and to support his brushstrokes to depict and reveal the sarcasms and ironies, the actuality behind the seeable. Tong is keen on making fun of the audience by the ambiguous representation and compositions, playing tricks on the perception of viewers and forcing them to be honest to what is being seen. His current work is themed as an emotional scream being a noob in this society, and a few of the pieces are playing with the language culture which can only be experienced in Hong Kong.

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Pong Tong (b. 1994, Hong Kong) is a young Hong Kong based artist who has previously shown work in the Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair 2016 and First Take student showcase at Galerie Perrotin in 2013. Tong, mostly working in painting, reveals the sarcasms and ironies of everyday matters. His language in art aim to challenge the ridiculousness of social and industry behavior.