Arts, Exhibitions & Performances, HK Island, Hong Kong

Long summary from the ArtWalk Hong Kong – Part 1 of 2

We started our ArtWalk in the Voxfire Gallery (1/F, 52 Gage Street, Central, Tel. 2581 3358) which is a very contemporary gallery featuring Hong Kong based artists. The show that was running was G.O.L.D which focuses on the everyday life of eight artists and how they live and thrive in a money-riven and financial-focused metropolis, where people live and breathe materialism. There were some art fur boxes, pictures of city buildings and photos of an artist outside of shops. A small and refreshing exhibition.

We then went to CAIS Gallery (G/F, 87 Hollywood Road, Central, Tel. 2527 7798) which was established in April 2007. It focuses on art from Korea and is affiliated with CAIS Gallery in Seoul. It exclusively represents and introduces contemporary Korean artists to collectors and there were some interesting paintings (for example the New Seoul Map) as well as Mickey Mouse paintings and the picture below,”Float” by Park Su Hyung, which I found interesting too.

We walked down the steps to a gallery (UG/F, 2-4 Mee Lun Street, Central, Tel. 2868 0776) which showcases new, emerging artists from Asia. Artists come from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea and Japan. There was some fantastic work, some pieces that made me go ‘wow’. I loved the lipstick women by Attasit Pokpong, the reinterpreted classics by Mitsuru Watanabe and smiled at the clever mix of artwork by Khun Lo. Here is a picture of the Bicycle girls, who are fun to look at!

We visited Experimenta (Lower G/F, 98-95 Hollywood Road, Central, Tel. 9192 9275) but as the name said it is very experimental. A video and audio exhibition under the theme of self mutilation – it was not my cup of tea.

Galleria Ora-Ora (G/F, 7 Shing Hing Street, Central, Te. 8147 1767) was much more to my taste. It is an Asian contemporary fine art gallery specialising in sculpture, fresh ink painting and the discovery of emerging and talented artists from Europe, US and APAC. Ora-Ora meaning from one ear to another – and it was a very good mix of different techniques and themes. I enjoyed Huang Yongu’s Tiger sculpture – Huang was born in 1924 and was the first Chinese to receive the first ‘Olympic art prize’ in 2008. His animals for the zodiac are very popular with art collectors, and I can understand why:

Xu Hong-Fei also produced very clever work – his rope skipping ladies just made me smile!

Xu is known for his “chubby women” series and I really like them.

Next we made our way to Gallery EXIT (G/F, 1 Shing Hing Street, Central, Tel. 2541 1299) which made me cringe with its Angela Su: The Hartford Girl and Other Stories exhibition. Angela focuses on the spectrum of self-mutilation practices in contemporary culture and the complexities of meaning that reside within the body and the psyche. Comprised of a video and six photographic prints, The Hartford Girl and Other Stories is a multi-layered, allegorical narrative whose central image documents the intensive process of creation of a complex, inkless tattoo composed of 39 lines or ‘slashes’ of text written freehand on the artist’s back. The tattoo references the Biblical account of the number of lashes received by Jesus prior to his crucifixion. It is difficult to watch.

We walked across the streets to Amelia Johnson Contemporary (G/F, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central, Tel. 2548 2286) which shows local and international contemporary ar in Hong Kong. The exhibition focused on ‘Land and the environment’ and featured work of artists from Australia, England, New Zealand, Hong Kong, UAE, Ireland and Algeria.

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