Author: Artomity Magazine

Garden of Six Seasons 一園六季

By Brady Ng / Around the world, many public gardens, especially those normally maintained to symmetrical and groomed perfection, have been left untended during citywide lockdowns or movement control orders. In Paris, a friend walked by the Jardin de la Nouvelle-France, peered inside, and called it a “little jungle”. This wildness without wilderness is the consequence of eight weeks of precautionary restrictions. When people cannot visit parks and gardens, their upkeep is similarly affected. While human activity in public ground to a near halt in many major cities, nature reclaimed its place in our constructed environs. Wild boar roamed down paved roads in Berlin. Dolphins frolicked in sections of the Bosphorus normally busy with tankers and cargo ships. Monkeys climbed up to my sister’s fourth-floor apartment in Singapore and tried to break in. Taking its title from the name of a neoclassical garden in Kathmandu built in 1920, Garden of Six Seasons was a wide-reaching exhibition that also functioned as a precursor to the Kathmandu Triennale scheduled to open in early December and run for more than a …

be/longing at Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong

be/longing /Heidi Bucher, Catherine Opie, Angel Otero, Suh Se Ok /Jun 26 – Aug 15, 2020 / Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong407 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street,Central, Hong Kong Web Lehmann Maupin is pleased to announce be/longing, the first exhibition since the global onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition will feature latex sculpture, photography, works on paper, and painting by Heidi Bucher, Catherine Opie, Angel Otero, and Suh Se Ok. In light of the recent self-isolation measures taken across the globe, this exhibition examines the myriad ways each artist has dealt with feelings of alientation stemming from gender and sexual orientation discrimination, the longing for family and home, and feeling distance from a community. The title’s play on words evokes the human need to feel a sense of belonging as well as the universal longing for companionship and connection in moments of isolation.  Each of the artists featured in be/longing engages with the themes of connection, belonging, and isolation in their own way. Opie creates regal portraits of the LBGTQ+ community to bring visibility to an often underrepresented …

Racket of Cobwebs: Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art

Ai Weiwei, Chen Fei, Chen Ke, Huang Yuxing, Liu Wei (b. 1965), Liu Wei (b. 1972), Ouyang Chun, Wang Guangle, Wang Xingwei, Wang Yin, Xie Nanxing, Yu Youhan, Zhang Xiaogang, Zhou Chunya Jul 8 – Aug 13, 2020Opening: Jul 8, 4 – 7pmCurator: Amy Lee Tang Contemporary Art10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road CentralHong Kong Web Tang Contemporary Art is proud to present at its Hong Kong gallery Racket of Cobwebs: Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition. This is the first time the Hong Kong gallery has worked hand in hand with collectors, alongside curator Amy Lee, to launch a show featuring some of the biggest names in Chinese contemporary art. Coinciding with Hong Kong’s auction week in July, Racket of Cobwebs: Chinese Contemporary Art Group Exhibition will present an overview of the progress of Chinese contemporary art over the past 30 years. The exhibition includes remarkable pieces by blue-chip artists. Zhang Xiaogang allows us to examine how a generation of Chinese artists discovered their own voices and matured creatively. Created in the same year Chinese artists had a major presence at the 45th Venice Biennale, Liu …

Hong Kong – Tales of the City

Denny Dimin Gallery & Videotage / New York / Mar 13 – May 2, 2020 / Mimi Wong / Even before the pandemic struck, the dystopian visions and reimagined histories presented in Hong Kong – Tales of the City felt extremely relevant and timely. Media works from nine artists belonging to Hong Kong’s oldest video collective address a range of vital issues, from civic engagement to the impact of globalisation on contemporary urban life. The collaboration between Videotage and Denny Dimin Gallery opened in New York just as the city headed into lockdown. As part the ongoing effort to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, the gallery’s temporary closure meant that the group exhibition could only be viewed online. Instead of moving through rooms with monitors and headsets, one simply had to scroll down the page to navigate the three parts devised by curator Isaac Leung. With most run times clocking in at 10 minutes or under, the videos could comfortably be watched in one sitting. The first section, Publicness, introduced the notion of a collective consciousness through …

Gary Simmons at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong

Gary Simmons: Dancing in DarknessJul 4 – Aug 29, 2020Opening: Friday, Jul 3, 6 – 8pm  Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong304, 3F The Pedder Building12 Pedder Street simonleegallery.com Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong is pleased to announce a presentation of new works by Gary Simmons, comprising drawings and a painting, which continue the artist’s ongoing exploration into the politics of race and identity through his signature ‘erasure drawings’.  In this new series, Simmons positions seemingly benign images of lighthouses and watchtowers in comparison to one another in terms of function and as metaphors for surveillance in the US. Alternately symbols of hope and oppression, the light house acts as a point of arrival and an emblem of safety, while conversely, the watch tower is a metaphor for the omnipotent hand of the law and a revealing symbol for the American prison system. While the act of erasure renders the imagery ghostly and uncertain, the viewer is nonetheless struck by the clear divergence between looking to a light house and being surveyed from a watch tower. These arresting works …

ektor garcia: Oax.D.F.L.A.N.O.H.K. at Empty Gallery

ektor garcia: Oax.D.F.L.A.N.O.H.K. / Jun 20 – Aug 22, 2020 / Opening: Jun 20, 6 – 9pm / Empty Gallery 18 & 19/F Grand Marine Center, 3 Yue Fung Street Tin Wan, Hong Kong Empty Gallery is pleased to present Oax.D.F.L.A.N.O.H.K., Mexican-American artist ektor garcia’s first solo exhibition in Asia. Working between the media of ceramics, sculpture, textiles and metalwork, garcia’s practice synthesises an interest in traditional folk crafts with queer and Chicanx aesthetics. His sculptural assemblages gesture towards a process of intersubjective meaning-making in which embodied histories are made manifest through the intelligence of the hands and the affective sphere of internal time.  Oax.D.F.L.A.N.O.H.K., the cryptic neologism which garcia has chosen as the title for this exhibition, is an abbreviated list of the different locales inhabited by the artist during the gestation of these works: Oaxaca, Mexico City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Hong Kong. These were the national lines – different time-zones, cultures, political situations and trade routes – criss-crossed by the artist’s body and his works, fragile vessels hurtling through the fraught but still sublime …

They Do Not Understand Each Other at Tai Kwun Contemporary

Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong /  May 25 – Sep 13, 2020 / Saori Akutagawa (Madokoro), Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Agnes Arellano, chi too, Heman Chong, Chua Chye Teck, Ho Tzu Nyen, Sojung Jun, Tsubasa Kato, Charles Lim, Kumi Machida, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Wit Pimkanchanapong, Kohei Sekigawa, Kazuo Shiraga, Akira Takayama, Than Sok, Ming Wong JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Mon 2 – 8pmTue – Sun 11am–8pm Two figures are seen performing a simple task together on a small island, while not comprehending a word uttered by the other. The setting for this artwork by Tsubasa Kato, from which the exhibition draws its title, is the Tsushima islands that lie halfway between the Korean peninsula and the Japanese archipelago. The success of the artist and his Korean collaborator in this act of cooperation appears to have been achieved, if not by virtue of their good humour and patience with each other, then by an understanding that exceeds the plane of language. The exhibition They Do Not Understand Each Other brings into dialogue commissions and artworks from …

Pathway into Film

14th Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival / By Karen Chu / Despite the desire to return to normality, the world has changed, perhaps irreversibly, since the outbreak of the global Covid-19 pandemic. In Hong Kong, effects of the outbreak as well as 12 months of social turmoil are evident in every aspect of society, and the city is bracing itself for the political unknown looming on the horizon that threatens to alter its character forever. The Hong Kong film industry, for one, has been decimated by the social, political and economic turbulence and the public health situation over the past year. The shutdown of multiplexes in April and May as one of the measures to contain the outbreak dealt a blow to theatrical exhibition businesses, and local film production has become extremely rare. In addition to the postponement of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, which includes Hong Kong Filmart and the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the once vibrant local film festival scene has also come to a standstill in the first half of …

Various Artists

Borrowed Scenery / Cattle Deport Artist Village / Hong Kong / Dec 14 – Jan 12 / Christie Lee / In Japanese garden design, borrowed scenery is the practice of incorporating the surrounding landscape into the composition of your garden. It’s unclear what Borrowed Scenery, a group exhibition of six Hong Kong-based artists and artist groups at Cattle Depot Artist Village, is borrowing from, and what scenery it might conjure. According to co-curators André Chan and Jing Chi-yin Chong, the show isn’t so much a direct reflection of the Hong Kong protests as a general reflection of what’s been happening in the world. Yet it’s difficult not to see the art through the eyes of the local sociopolitical movement. Ko Sin Tung’s Guardian (2019) shows someone gently weaving together a barbed wire fence in three videos. The title is ironic, for while a fence is meant to protect, Ko’s video evokes images of the menacing rows of barbed wire installed around Kwun Tong Police Station ahead of a march in the neighbourhood last August. Opposite this work, Sarah Lai’s “graffiti columns” seem …

14th Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival

Jun 5 – 28, 2020 The 14th Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival will be held from 5 to 28 June 2020, with 54 local and overseas films to be screened at Broadway Cinematheque, MOViE MOViE Cityplaza and PREMIERE ELEMENTS. Tickets are now available at broadway circuit. 9 Themed Programmes  11 local and 26 international short films are to be screened and make 9 themed programmes. Each programme, namely “Shades of Youth”, “Spot the Difference”, “Knots Untied”, “Stormy Family”, “Home-breaking”, “Times-a-changing”, “Loneliness is the Best Antidote”, “No Harm Kids”, “No Pain, No Gain”, consists of 3-5 local and international short films.  6 Must-watch1 Opening Film Miyamoto. Directed by Tetsuya Mariko, a Japanese film director and scriptwriter, the film depicts the struggle of a salaryman Miyamoto (Sosuke Ikematsu). Vowing to protect his girlfriend (Yu Aoi), Miyamoto start fight against villain even the possibility to win is almost nil. 2 Special Feature: The Cinema of Tetsuya Mariko. Our guest filmmaker this year who established a unique kind of film style based on fist-fighting, in order to survive in this cruel society. By his …