Author: Artomity Magazine

Lo Lai Lai Natalie 勞麗麗

By Christie Lee / For city-dwellers, it’s easy to romanticise nature. William Wordsworth, who witnessed how the industrial revolution transformed London in the 19th century, for example, wrote such evocative lines as “nature never did betray the heart that loved her”. Three centuries later, Lo Lai Lai Natalie has made rumination on nature a crucial part of her art. But unlike the English poet, she doesn’t romanticise it. For Lo, nature isn’t simply an object for humans to cast an admiring eye on or to destroy. It also exercises its own agency – and can create or kill, oblivious to what humans imagine it to be. This idea is captured in Like a stone, vain hope (2020), a three-minute video-art piece where a woman interrogates a plant, trying to tease out responses in vain. Holding nature up as a mirror for mankind, Lo’s photography, videos and installations reflect on a myriad of topics, from survival and supply chains to religion and freedom. But the artist is also hyper-aware of her own limitations in articulating nature – “after all, I’m a human being”. …

Online conversations with Tai Kwun Contemporary

Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong  8 Aug, 6 pm 15 Aug, 7 pm Eisa Jocson, Akira Takayama, Kohei Sekigawa Tai Kwun Contemporary is launching an online series of tours and conversations, in addition to our VR 360° virtual gallery. On select Wednesdays and Saturdays in August, we will be live-streaming tours of our current exhibitions, along with conversations between curators and artists. This hopefully highlights the enduring power of art in connecting people and communities, and sustains an inquisitive attitude towards our world at this challenging time. Find out more about the online programmes for They Do Understand Each Other and My Body Holds Its Shape. Conversations: Saturday, 8 Aug 2020, 6 – 7.15 pm Hong Kong time“Trust in the Public: Akira Takayama and Kohei Sekigawa in conversation with Yuka Uematsu” (Japanese with closed captioning in English) Yuka Uematsu, curator at The National Museum of Art, Osaka and co-curator of They Do Not Understand Each Other at Tai Kwun Contemporary will engage Akira Takayama and Kohei Sekigawa in a conversation on performative actions by people often unseen in society, activating the democratic potential of commercial spaces …

Academy of Visual Arts Hong Kong Baptist University Graduation Show 2020

Jul 25 – Aug 20, 2020Online Opening, Jul 24 Kai Tak Campus, AVA, HKBU51 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon (Choi Hung MTR, Exit A2)The exhibition is currently closed to the public until further notice. Please visit facebook.com/avabagradshow/ for latest updates. A virtual reality (VR) exhibition is available. Please visit www.avabagradshow.hk for details.  In this eventful year, the 120 BA graduates of the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University have gathered to present their work, each having a different vision for the future of the city and the world. The Graduation Exhibition, entitled Tabula Rasa, hopes to outline new possibilities in the process where change and innovation are brewing at the heart of our societies.

Jean-Michel Basquiat at Lévy Gorvy Hong Kong

REVEAL | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Royalty, Heroism, and the Streets Jul 7 – Sep 10, 2020 Lévy GorvyG/F, 2 Ice House Street, CentralHong Kong Lévy Gorvy inaugurated its new global initiative REVEAL, an ongoing series of single-work focus exhibitions devoted to postwar and contemporary masterpieces, accompanied by in-depth contextual materials and educational programming both in its spaces and online. The first REVEAL exhibition opened at Lévy Gorvy Hong Kong on July 7, 2020: Jean-Michel Basquiat: Royalty, Heroism, and the Streets brings a rare and exceptional painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat from his breakthrough year of 1982 and is the first Asia gallery presentation of the artist’s work. Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) is an electrifying portrait of a Black hero figure standing proud amidst the chaos of abstracted painterly form and color. The canvas is one of Basquiat’s most impressive and important works, part self-portrait, part idol, part dream image, part nightmare vision. Untitled is one of famous trio of large-scale paintings on the theme of the prophet that Basquiat made in 1982, the pivotal year of the artist’s meteoric rise to international stardom. Supported by his first dealer Annina Nosei, who provided him with his …

Chris Huen Sin Kan 禤善勤

Puzzled Daydreams / Simon Lee Gallery / London / Jun 15 – Jul 3 / Margot Mottaz / The irony isn’t lost on me that as I emerged from lockdown and into central London for the first time in months, I stepped right into the home of a stranger, albeit through a series of works on paper and large-scale canvasses by artist Chris Huen Sin Kan. Puzzled Daydreams marks the artist’s second solo exhibition with Simon Lee Gallery, and first in London, though it inaugurated the gallery’s online viewing room as the pandemic took its tollon the UK in mid-March and prevented the show from opening to the public until recently, by appointment only. Huen was born and raised in Hong Kong, where he still lives with his wife Haze, their two children, Joel and Tess, and their three dogs, Doodood, MuiMui and Balltsz, who all appear again and again as the loyal protagonists in the artist’s intimate works. As an inherent part of Huen’s daily life, they represent the ideal subject matter to consistently revisit the mundane, trivial moments that make …

Tang Kwong San 鄧廣燊

Hidden Space / Hong Kong / Mar 13 – May 2, 2020 / Ellen Wong / Hidden Space was established in 2017 and has since provided numerous exhibition opportunities to new artists. Since 2018, the winner of Hong Kong Art School’s Hidden Space Award has been given the chance to hold a solo exhibition at the venue. Although located in the out-of-the-way Kwai Chung, it is a good starting point to view emerging forces in the local art scene. In March 2020, Hidden Space hosted Wandering. At Sea, a solo exhibition of young Hong Kong artist Tang Kwong San. Tang was born in 1992 in Dongguan, mainland China. The absence of a mother is at the core of his work. In his graduate exhibition last year, Tang portrayed his late mother’s room when she was alive. Bedroom (2019) explored Tang’s own inner world, reflecting the sense of loss after the passing of a loved one. Somewhere in Time (2019), his collaboration with artist Yuen Nga Chi, was one of the finalists at the WMA Masters awards 2019/20. Turning a telephone box …

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 …