Arts, Exhibitions & Performances, HK Island, Hong Kong

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

Our next stop took us to Karin Weber Gallery (G/F, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, Tel. 2544 5004), which was one of the highlights of the ArtWalk. The gallery showcased David Zalben “Wire My World” and as the name said, all the artwork was made out of wire.

There was a room, bottles, plugs, glasses, ladies with bubbles and many other things produced out of wire. Very delicate but fantastic to look at. I love how the shadows fall onto the wall.

Next door is the Blindspot Gallery (G/F, 24-26 Aberdeen Street, Central, Tel. 2517 6238). The current exhibition is Flower Show by Paul Yeung, which is all about flowers. But not painted flowers, but flowers that are photographed – real ones as well as flowers on textiles that are all together in one picture. The series is presented in traditional Chinese hand scroll with his hand written calligraphy of classical Chinese poetry about the wilting of flower.

Shin Hwa Gallery is right next door (G/F, 32 Aberdeen Street, Central, Tel. 2869 8802). The exhibition was titled Mountains and Lim Chaewook focused solely on Korean mountains.

The next gallery was back on Hollywood Road and packed with people: Sundaram Tagore Gallery (G/F, 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, Tel. 2581 9678). The current exhibition of Confluence did not surprise me much, but I enjoyed some of the photographs, like this one from Muhammed Ali.

Art Beatus (G/F, 50 Peel Street, Central, Tel. 2522 1138), is a smaller gallery focused on Chinese Art. The current exhibition “Colours of China” by Yan Wong was interesting as there were pictures from 1970 to 2006 on display, but they were all in the same style and format – with a granluar finish. You could not tell the age of the picture from looking at it. I liked that they all looked consistently from the same period. However, the pictures I enjoyed more where silk screen printings.

I really like the topic as well as the colours – if I were to buy a picture, I’d love to go for this one (but unfortunately the prices were a little steep):

We went to the SoCO housing exhibition in Schoeni Art Gallery (G/F, 27 Hollywood Road, Central), which is just very sad to look at. It shows the very poor living in sublet flats, cage houses, industrial buildings that are not fit for residential use, illegal rooftop structures and just overcrowded living space.

Next we went to Plum Blossoms Gallery (G/F, 1 Hollywood Road, Central, Tel. 2521 2189), which showed a nice mix of art from China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. The artwork was really fun to watch, it put a little smile on my face. Here is a Red Guards Sketch by Jiang Shuo:

Zee Stone Gallery (1 Hollywood Road, Central, Tel. 2810 5895) exhibits art from mainland China. I enjoyed the paintings by Ye Hongxing, like this one here:

Very modern art was on show at Connoisseur Contemporary Gallery (1 Hollywood Road, Central, Tel. 3521 0300) and I just had to smile at this Alfred Hitchcock painting by Chen Yu:

Our final stop was at the State-of-the-Arts-Gallery (G/F, 36 Pottinger Street, Central, Tel. 2526 1133), which promotes international art in Hong Kong. The gallery’s artists come from many countries, including Austria, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Chile. Didier Lourenco from Spain captured city life really well in his paintings, like this one, don’t you think?

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