Author: Artomity Magazine

Leang Seckon at Rossi & Rossi

Leang SeckonGrowing WingsMay 21 – July 9, 2022 Rossi & Rossi11F, 54 Wong Chuk Hang RoadWong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong+852 2116 5282Tue–Sat, 11am–6pm Leang Seckon (b. 1970s) has lived through some of the most volatile and violent years in modern Cambodia, and his works frequently derive inspiration from the country’s tumultuous history. The artist’s haunting canvases recall events from the French occupation to King Sihanouk’s brief boom to the US-backed coup d’état, which saw the country under Vietnamese army boots, to the signing of the Paris Peace Accords to the present day. And his immensely rich compositions expertly weave stories, at times gruesome and at times magical, from his personal history into fablelike vignettes. Art historian Peter D. Sharrock points out that ‘his paintings and collages attest to a magnificent, ancient sensibility that has survived the vicissitudes and periodic nightmares of Cambodian history. His draughtsmanship and technical innovation articulate the living presence of the artistic gift that produced the mastery of form in stone and bronze which graced the efflorescence of Angkor a thousand years …

Georg Baselitz at White Cube Hong Kong

Georg Baselitz /Sofabilder / Sofa Pictures /May 24 – Sep 3, 2022 / White Cube Hong Kong50 Connaught Road, Central Hong Kong+852 2592 2000Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm White Cube Hong Kong presents Sofabilder / Sofa Pictures, an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by German artist Georg Baselitz that give new and haunting form to his lifelong quest to unite abstraction and figuration in an inextricable dance. A nude female form based loosely on Baselitz’s wife Elke, whom he’s depicted throughout his career and now conjures from memory, is a central motif in each work. In the paintings, figures are rendered in white and float on their sides on rectangular black backgrounds. Some are set in rudimentary architectural spaces demarcated by white lines, others in an inky void. To make them, Baselitz used a monotype process. First he painted an image of a standing or sitting figure on a canvas and then placed another canvas on top of it, applying pressure with the back of a push broom to transfer the wet paint from one surface …

Sudhee Liao dances to Arthur Hacker at Ping Pong Gintonería

Sudhee Liao /Dance Performances /May 25 & 26, 2022 /9.30pm /Free entry / Ping Pong Gintonería129, L/G Second Street  Nam Cheong HouseSai Ying Pun, Hong Kong @pingpong129 @dancingwithenigmaticperception Ping Pong Gintonería is pleased to present dance performances by Sudhee Liao. The performances are inspired by the works of Arthur Hacker currently on show at Ping Pong Gintonería and accompanied by music sampled from 70s Hong Kong.  Sudhee Liao, is an interdisciplinary choreographer and movement artist who has collaborated extensively with choreographers and other performance artists in international dance and art festivals. This is her third collaboration with Ping Pong. The performances are part of the Art Basel Hong Kong 2022’s VIP programme.

Yeung Hok Tak at Kiang Malingue Hong Kong

Yeung Hok Tak /What a big smoke ring /Apr 30 – May 28, 2022 / Kiang Malingue12 & 13/F Blue Box Factory Building25 Hing Wo StreetAberdeen, Hong Kong+852 2810 0317By appointment The gallery is pleased to present Yeung Hok Tak’s solo exhibition What a big smoke ring, the Hong Kong   artist’s first exhibition with Kiang Malingue. Showcasing more than twenty recent paintings by the artist, the exhibition on the newly expanded 13th floor of the gallery’s studio space comprehensively celebrates the latest development of Yeung’s artistic trajectory over two decades: a body of vibrant, luscious and humorous works that deals in an evermore sophisticated fashion with a city’s history, in relation to a world that deems both the present and the future uncertain.

Un Cheng at Blindspot Gallery

Un Cheng / What’s there when you ain’t home? /May 24 – Jul 9, 2022 / Blindspot Gallery15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk HangHong Kong+852 2517 6238Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am – 6.30pm Blindspot Gallery is proud to present Un Cheng’s exhibition What’s there when you ain’t home, encapsulating a visual journal of the restless wanderer-painter in Iceland and Sham Shui Po. No two landscapes can be more different than the sparse winter of a Nordic Island and the hectic urban subtropics of Kowloon. Yet, the artist ravishes in the amorphous abstraction of atmospheric light, thick textures of oil, vibrant blocs of colours, and strokes of falling snow and rising vapour. Resonantly, these psychological landscapes lay bare the desire of an itinerant artist-traveller to resist loneliness, forge human connections, and fall in love with an eclectic world that at times feels geographically isolated and emotionally indifferent.

Tickets to Art Central 2022 are now on sale!

Tickets to Art Central 2022 are now on sale! Staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 26–29, the Fair returns with over 50 exhibiting galleries, hundreds of artists and thousands of artwork to view and buy. Accompanied by a five-day critically acclaimed public programme of talks, artist interviews, art of moving image and large-scale installations, Art Central is an art lovers must-see event! Buy your ticket in advance to save up to 25% off Adult Tickets, and 33% off Student and Concession Tickets.

Solo Exhibition of Arthur Hacker and Performances by Sudhee Liao at Ping Pong Gintonería  

Arthur Hacker / Exhibtion: May 12 – Jul 10, 2022 / Tue – Sun: 6pm – 10pm / Sudhee Liao / Performances: May 25 & 26, 2022 / 9.30pm Ping Pong Gintonería129, L/G Second Street  Nam Cheong HouseSai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Free entry Ping Pong Gintonería is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Arthur Hacker and accompanying dance performances by Sudhee Liao.  This exhibition consists of works made throughout Arthur Hacker‘s career, from album covers designed in 1960s London to original drawings up to the early 2000s. Also on show are his works for the government, including stamps, posters and the famed Lap Sap Chung, as well as books, illustrations, original prints and drawings from his later freelance career.` After studying at the Royal College of Art and a spell working in London, Hacker was appointed art director of the Hong Kong Government’s Information Services Department in 1967.  In the 1970s he created the iconic figure of Lap Sap Chung for the Urban Council’s Clean Hong Kong Campaign.  He published his first book, Hacker’s Hong Kong, and eventually left …

Double Vision and emo gym at Tai Kwun Contemporary

Double Vision and emo gym / Double Vision 21 Apr – 12 Jun 2022 / emo gym 21 Apr – 19 Jun 2022 / Tue – Sun: 11am – 7pm  (Closed on Mondays; open on the public holidays of 2 and 9 May) JC Contemporary, and one other locationTai Kwun10 Hollywood Road Central, Hong Kong Tai Kwun Contemporary presents two new exhibitions, Double Vision and emo gym, from now until June. Double VisionToying with doubles, the exhibition Double Vision explores the concepts of déjà vu and parallax, considering how seemingly superficial differences may reveal much more than expected. While some works are doubled serially or thematically, with subtle slippages and variations, some other artists in the exhibition have works that gesture towards memory and the murky everyday lines between truth, perception, and fiction. Double Vision seeks to define a distinctive spatial and temporal experience, with the exhibition prompting reflection on sensorial awareness and the contemporary production of reality. Artists: Candice Breitz, Omer Fast, Ko Sin Tung, Kong Chun Hei, Sarah Lai, Ocean Leung, Li Shuang, Dane Mitchell, Peng Ke, Paul Pfeiffer, Hito Steyerl, Tamura Yuichiro, Magdalen Wong, …

Ibrahim Mahama at White Cube Hong Kong

Ibrahim MahamaHalf of a Yellow SunApr 8 – May 14, 2022 White Cube Hong Kong50 Connaught Road, Central Hong Kong+852 2592 2000Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm  White Cube is pleased to present Half of a Yellow Sun by Ibrahim Mahama, his first exhibition in Hong Kong and Greater China. Featuring a selection of new fabric paintings, the works explore the history of materials, commerce and cultural identity.  The exhibition title is taken from a novel by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which focuses on the Nigerian-Biafran War in the late 1960s, while the individual works are inspired by the 1970s catalogue of songs by Fela Kuti, the Pan-Africanist musician and political activist. For Mahama, this period of independence from colonial British rule across Africa and the ensuing turmoil, has long been a source of inspiration. As the artist states: ‘this is an African story, with ideas of freedom beyond the chaos.’

Wesley Tongson 唐家偉

Spiritual Mountains: The Art of Wesley Tongson 靈山:唐家偉的藝術世界 / Berkeley Art Museum 美國柏克萊大學藝術博物館 / Jan 12–Jun 12, 2022 2022年1月12日至6月12日 / DeWitt Cheng / Originality is the tacitly assumed essence and sine qua non of creative art. Young artists in the ultra-individualistic US sometimes avoid looking at older artists’ work for fear of being influenced or contaminated – to their detriment. Artists of the past learned from the masters by copying and assimilating. Arshile Gorky famously copied Picasso (“If he drips, I drip”), himself an omnivorous eye; and Ben Shahn praised the artists of the past as friendly ghosts, not obstacles or enemies. Creative talent may be inherent but it has to be developed. Postmodernist theory has added to the confusion in recent decades. The deaths of the author or artist and of individuality itself have been widely accepted in academia. Jorge Luis Borges parodied the death of originality in his prescient 1939 pseudo-article considering the literary achievement of “Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote”. “His admirable ambition,” wrote Borges, “was to produce pages which would …