Author: Artomity Magazine

Kim Young-Hun 金永憲

Diamond Mountain – Electronic Nostalgia / Soluna Fine Art / Hong Kong / Apr 3 – Aug 1, 2020 / Valencia Tong / With potted plants at the entrance and green chequered tiles on the second storey, the gallery space at Soluna Fine Art exuded an aura of playfulness. On view at the gallery was Korean artist Kim Young-Hun’s solo show Diamond Mountain – Electronic Nostalgia. The artist’s colour-saturated paintings blend the aesthetics of the analogue and the digital, the philosophical and the technological, and the historical and the futuristic. His abstract canvases explore the disorientation brought about by the blurred boundaries between the virtual, digital world and our real lives. The result is a mishmash of traditional Korean landscapes, glitchy geometrical patterns and Van Gogh-like oscillating lines, which recall interference on television screens. Although the paintings in the artist’s oeuvre allude to forms of technology that are ubiquitous in our lives, the artist also pays tribute to history, citing the Buddhist Diamond Sutra as his inspiration. To achieve enlightenment, one has to shatter illusions and free oneself from attachment, but the artist’s …

Library

By Chihoi /Published by nos:books, 2019 /Ysabelle Cheung / The day I visited Chihoi’s exhibition at ACO Art Space in Wanchai, it was strangely quiet. Both the security guard and docent were absent; I stood alone with the drawings and comic panels, which were pinned to soft fabric boards in pastel hues. After a while, a woman arrived and asked if I wanted to visit “the reading room” for a fee of HK$10. I agreed and was handed a key, which unlocked a small closet near the entrance. Inside I found a small school desk, a vintage lamp and a chair. There was a womb-like, conspirational feeling to the cabinet, augmented by the room’s central object: an unpublished, hidden chapter from Chihoi’s latest book, Library. Chihoi, a Hong Kong-born artist, has been publishing fictional comics since 1996. Rendering his figures and landscapes in soft graphite tones – blacks rubbed silver from shading, the pages suffused with a sooty pallor – he has often referenced literature in his work, from his debut book, The Writer (1997), about a female …

Takis at White Cube Hong Kong

Takis /Nov 21 – Feb 27 / White Cube Hong Kong /1/F, 50 Connaught Road, Central /Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm / White Cube Hong Kong is pleased to present an exhibition of works by the late Greek artist Takis (1925–2019). This first presentation in Asia follows his last major solo exhibition as a living artist at the Tate Modern. Featuring sculptures drawn from a thirty-year period – from the end of the 1960s to the 1990s – it showcases the artist’s committed exploration of art and science.  Born in Athens, Takis took art into realms that were previously considered the domain of physicists and engineers. Describing himself as an ‘instinctive scientist’, Takis carved out a new aesthetic territory, incorporating invisible forms of energy such as magnetic, acoustic or light waves as the fourth dimension of his work. View full exhibition details online.

Francis Alÿs and Mika Rottenberg at Tai Kwun Contemporary

Now till February 2021 / Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong / 10 Hollywood Road / Central, Hong Kong /Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 7pm / Wet feet __ dry feet: borders and gamesSolo exhibition by Francis AlÿsCurators: Xue Tan, Sunjung KimCo-presented with Art Sonje Seoul Wet feet __ dry feet: borders and games gathers for the first time in Hong Kong important recent works by Francis Alÿs, one of the most influential conceptual artists of our time. Structured around the artist’s interest in migration, borders, and his fascination with children’s games from around the world, this solo exhibition highlights Francis Alÿs’s poetic, imaginative sensibility, anchored by geopolitical concerns and individual will while being grounded in everyday life. The title of the exhibition was the spark to Alÿs’s works in this exhibition: “Wet Feet, Dry Feet” refers to the US policy on Cuban refugees in 1995. Under this policy, Cuban migrants headed for the United States faced vastly different treatment depending on whether they were intercepted at sea or on land, on US soil. If intercepted at sea (“wet feet”), …

Bouie Choi Yuk Kuen 蔡鈺娟

By John Batten / Bouie Choi Yuk Kuen reminded me that we first met when she and fellow Chinese University of Hong Kong fine arts students were invited to use empty units of the former Police Married Quarters in 2008 to show their work before its closure for renovation into PMQ. This was a touching memory; the battle to save the historic PMQ was one of many campaigns to save Central Hong Kong’s heritage buildings in which I was involved. After its closure as residential quarters for the police, the PMQ units were decrepit and had seen no paint or repair for decades: perfect for artists to use and fill with sound, lights, videos and found objects for their installations – or, as Choi did, hang paintings on dusty walls of ripped wallpaper. Hong Kong’s old colonial city also plays an underpinning role in Choi’s recent work, the physical remains of the past under attack. After Choi’s early experiences with the unrenovated PMQ, and later seeing that site and its modernist buildings conserved, she was a community worker …

Artist Talk Elisa Sighicelli: Stone Talk at Rossi & Rossi

Elisa Sighicelli and HKU art history professor Dr Susanna McFadden in conversation on Roman art and culture / Saturday, Nov 7, 2020 / 4pm – 5pm (coinciding with Southside Saturday) In gallery and zoom (details as below) Zoom ID: 968 493 7982 / Password: talkstone Rossi & Rossi3/F Yally Industrial Building6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk HangTuesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm+852 3575 9417 Co-presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong. On the occasion of Elisa Sighicelli’s exhibition Stone Talk at Rossi & Rossi, please join the artist in conversation with Hong Kong University art history professor Dr Susanna McFadden, as they discuss their views on Roman art and culture.  Together they will explore the idea of beauty in relation to the body in the Graeco-Roman world, as well as the materials used in ancient times and parallels with the contemporary works of Sighicelli. Roman artists often employed techniques such as trompe l’oeil to deceive the viewer concerning the material reality of the object. This same idea can be applied to the works of Sighicelli; her experimental approach to photography often probes …

Household Gods 「駐家寧神」

By Aaina Bhargava / Protests and pandemics have relegated us to the domestic sphere, where we’ve been forced to confront the anxiety and fear induced by the past year’s events. In addition to political, economic and social disruptions of unprecedented proportions, we’re experiencing emotional and psychological upheavals specifically reactive to this point in time. Articulating and reflecting on this complex state of being, Hong Kong artists Shane Aspegren, Nadim Abbas, Tap Chan and Wu Jiaru have come together to stage Household Gods, an exhibition curated by Ying Kwok, on view at Hart Hall in H Queens. Lifted from writer and occultist Aleister Crowley’s early 20th-century play Household Gods, the title of the show explicitly outlines its objective: to question our relationship with the supernatural through our “most intimate setting”, the home.  The four artists conceived of the exhibition while working alongside each other at Hart Haus’ sprawling 10,000 sq ft Hart Social Studio in November 2019, before the advent of Covid-19. Despite their seemingly disparate practices, the artists find common ground in using domestic objects, exploring how they serve as channels to activate the unknown or …

Valentina Loffredo at Novalis Contemporary Art Design

Nosy /Nov 6 – 30 /Opening: Friday Nov 6, 6pm – 10pm / Novalis Contemporary Art DesignG/F, 5 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai, Hong KongMon – Sat, 12pm – 7pm+852 2856 0978 Co-presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong. The global issue of privacy in the digital age is the central theme of Nosy, a multi-media project by Hong Kong based Italian artist Valentina Loffredo that includes photographs, sculptural objects, installations and a limited edition of unique artist books.  The exhibition also extends beyond the gallery space with the ad hoc placement of 200 sculptural noses in public spaces around town which will be revealed in stages throughout November. Post sightings on Instagram using #NosyInTheWild and tagging @thatsval and @novaliscontemporaryartdesign for two chances to win a limited edition print photo signed by the artist, which will be announced on December 6.  The project mimics the conflict between the seductive power of technology, expressed through the playful and attractive appearance of the artworks, and its dark “nosy” side, revealed by the repetitive and uncanny presence of human noses. Exhibition details at https://www.novalisartdesign.com/loffredo-nosy

Asia Art Archive Twentieth Anniversary Fundraiser

Bid until Oct 30, 2020 / Marking its twentieth anniversary, Asia Art Archive (AAA) is offering over thirty works, generously donated by artists, collectors, and galleries, at the 2020 AAA Annual Fundraiser auction. The fundraiser is an essential source of funding for the independent non-profit in building collections on the history of contemporary art in Asia, as well as keeping the materials free and accessible for research and education. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly towards supporting the work of AAA. Continuing the long-standing partnership with Christie’s, a live auction is taking place on Oct 30. The artworks will be available for bidding online atwww.aaa2020auction.comuntil Oct 30.

Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2020: Sharp Chronicles

Oct 30 – Nov 15, 2020 Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2020 returns this year from Oct 30 to Nov 15. With the curatorial theme Sharp Chronicles, the festival presents a series of exhibitions, online episodes, and screenings, to explore the pursuit of truth in face of information explosion and fabrication in the everyday life. Media art is not merely the practice of creative ideas, but also embodies the characteristics of science and technology. Therefore, not only is media art capable of circulating messages,  documenting evidence, instigating research and awareness, it also opens the possibilities of tracing and pursuing truth. The curatorial theme of this year’s festival begins with this intention. In the everyday life of information overload, we ride on critical discussions and navigate between the threads of media art.  Through which, we allow as many possibilities as possible, and reject any certainty to weave together our “Sharp Chronicles”. The preview of the Main Exhibition takes place on Oct 30 at the Exhibition Hall (Low Block) of Hong Kong City Hall. The exhibition brings together works from international artists, including Lawrence Abu …