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This elegant blend of visuals and words is the brainchild of two unusual men, Chan Kai-yin and Yan Pat-to. In Pencil/Rubber, they catalogue circuitous sentiments, the present and past lives of cities, the hysteria Hong Kong - piled together as a tottering and gorgeous scenery that defies easy definition. Compiling approximately 50 works by Chan and Yan, the book highlights the unique dialogue that began in 2001 in the column 'A City of Running Milk' in Milk magazine, and then continued in works like the 'Visual/Words City' series in Mingpao Daily's 'Sunday Life'. Their most recent work is the 'Fresh Green Jelly Fish' scientific comic.
About Yan Pat-to
About the illustrator
Chan Kai-yin has been working as an illustrator, visual artist and art critic since 1988. His illustrations have been featured in various publications and he has been commissioned by a number of international corporations. In 1999, 'KY' received the Freeman Foundation Asian Artists Award (Vermont Studio Center, USA) and in 2003 participated in the Gwangiu Biennale and the 50th Venice Biennale. KY was elected as chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Illustrators in 2008.
About the writer
Yan Pat-to is a writer, artist and secondary school teacher, and is currently the artistic director of PS Theatre. He has directed and written scripts for several theatre pieces and has been active in various Hong Kong-based art groups, including 20/F, the Para/Site Art Criticism Class and the Habitus Art Criticism Class. As well as co-authoring several books, his columns have appeared in Mingpao, Singtao Daily News and Milk magazine, and he edited Youth Art, a literature magazine. Yan has most recently been collaborating with Chan Kai-yin to create pictorial literary works for Mingpao's 'Sunday Life'.