Author: Artomity Magazine

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 …

Andrew Luk 陸浩明, Stacey Chan 陳樂珩, Lau Wai 劉衛, Ip Wai Lung 葉惠龍, Moses Tan

Museum of Half Truths / 1a space / Hong Kong / Aug 8 – 30, 2020/ Brady Ng / The International Council of Museums cannot agree on what a museum does – or should be. The dispute dates back to 2016, when the organisation began to examine whether its definition of a museum, which has remained relatively unchanged for more than four decades, was outmoded. Each of us, though, in our gut, carries notions about what these institutions are. That was the starting point for Museum of Half Truths, an exhibition curated by Rachael Burns and Polly Palmerini for the nonprofit 1a space in Hong Kong. Originally intended to have both in-person and online components, the show was moved to entirely virtual form with clickable navigation that includes Soundcloud and Vimeo links because – well, you know why. Andrew Luk’s spray foam sculptural form containing a video monitor, Traversing Hollow Ground (2020), shows footage shot in a tunnel that was carved by slave labour during Hong Kong’s occupation by Japanese military forces during the Second World War. Stacey Chan’s dictionary with all “positive” words rubbed out with an …

Freespace Jazz Fest 自由爵士音樂節

Freespace Jazz Fest 自由爵士音樂節 /Nov 6 – 8, Friday – Sunday /Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District /Hong Kong (MTR Kowloon Station Exit E)Free admission. Tickets required for some performances. This November, Freespace Jazz Fest returns to West Kowloon with a programme of music and art events celebrating the innovation and diversity of one of the world’s most popular forms of music.  Highlight ticketed events include Ted Lo and Eugene Pao – an evening of fusion, classics and original compositions by local jazz greats Pao and Lo, joined on stage by a line-up of friends and star guests. There’s also Angelita Li Sings Billie Holiday Feat. Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra – with songs and stories honouring the life and legacy of the US jazz diva performed by Angelita Li and Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra, and the experimental collaboration Jazz Imaginarium – a unique, multisensory immersive experience with musicians and visual artists creating a black box installation with improvised sound and imagery. Buy tickets now: https://wk.org.hk/2G46Xza Free events include the Experimental Jazz Lab, with six sessions featuring live and online interactive collaborations between artists …

Tap Chan, Thea Djordjadze, Jason Dodge, Eisa Jocson, Pratchaya Phinthong

My Body Holds Its Shape / Tai Kwun Contemporary / Hong Kong / May 25 – Sep 27, 2020 / Jacqueline Leung / Little Mermaid Ariel’s song preceded the exhibition hall. By the time the dancer was seen, he had already turned on all fours, stretching his limbs with feline grace. In Eisa Jocson’s Zoo (2020), performance is in a constant state of becoming. Working with the expanse of the room, the dancers shifted between routine and improvised imitations of characters and animals, enlivening a space made to confine – previously as a women’s prison, now as a four-walled enclosure for art. Loosely organised around metaphorical interpretations of the body, such as its existence as a physical container, or as a mental framework of the self, My Body Holds Its Shape questions our efforts to sustain these edifices structuring our understanding of the world. Through the work of five artists, the exhibition opens up these limits as interstices of new relations and significance, creating, according to the opening statement, a “view that was not there …

Virginia Overton 弗吉尼亞·奧弗頓

Signs of the Times / By Christina Ko / When you are dealing with works as large and savagely stark as Virginia Overton’s installations, it’s easy to reduce the importance of a scattering of pieces on paper, which might initially seem to be simply two-dimensional precursors or stylistic explorations that precede their sculptural siblings, forged of aluminium and light. To many artists, paper is usually just a canvas, its function no more than to support the paint that sits on top of it; to Overton, it is a material with a history and significance equal to that of the salvaged aluminium that forms the rest of the pieces. Overton’s practice is not defined by any overarching message or cause, and, by her own admission, defying categorisation can be “problematic” in a world that loves a pigeonhole. But if there is a connective thread, it is that she works exclusively with salvaged materials, and that respecting the past life of said materials is an important aspect of the process – whether they be her go-to industrial …

Wesley Tongson at Galerie du Monde

Sep 24 – Nov 16, 2020 Galerie du Monde108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street Central, Hong KongMonday to Saturday, 10am – 7pm+852 2525 0529Web Galerie du Monde presents a solo exhibition of Wesley Tongson (1957-2012) from September 24 to November 16, 2020. In exploration of the evolution of Wesley Tongson’s spiritual journey and artistic path marked by outstanding dedication and passion, the exhibition showcases Tongson’s aptitude in a range of techniques, from Chinese shanshui and calligraphy, to splash ink, to his monumental landscape and plant paintings created with his hands, fingers and nails. One of the most important ink artists from Hong Kong, Wesley Tongson had a dynamic career spanning from the 1970s to 2012. He began with a foundation in Chinese brush painting, and studied Western painting at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Returning to Hong Kong in 1981, he went on to explore and teach himself splash ink painting. Tongson diluted washes in ink with brilliant mineral colors, a combination that conveys luminosity and grandeur. The dark ink tones which depict mountains are well …

Elisa Sighicelli at Rossi & Rossi

Stone TalkCo-presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institution of Hong Kong Oct 3 – Nov 14, 2020Opening: Saturday, Oct 3, 3 – 7pm (coinciding with Southside Saturday)  Rossi & Rossi3/F Yally Industrial Building6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk HangTuesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm+852 3575 9417 In her first solo show in Asia, Elisa Sighicelli presents a series of new photographs that scrutinize overlooked details of museum interiors and of artworks in a number of institution collections.  Known for her experimental approach in the medium of photography, Sighicelli probes into the materiality of photos and its effect on our way of seeing. Merging with materials that have different tactile properties and textures, her photographs analyse the ways in which reality reflects itself and often appears to be made from the very substance it represents. In a world saturated with virtual images, the artist sets out to restore the palpable tangible existence of images in a physical space. The exhibition is going to be accompanied by a selection of ancient Roman steles and remnants to foster a …

Nicole Wong @suitcaseinstitute

On How to Say Goodbye / Sep 24, 9pm HKT / Suitcase Institute /Only accessible through @suitcaseinstitute on Instagram / Suitcase Institute is pleased to announce the official inaugural performance for On How to Say Goodbye (2020), an artwork by artist Nicole Wong. Nicole Wong’s suitcase is a meditation on impermanence, memory, intimacy, life, death, and farewells. Here, a vintage, taxidermy fox appears to be sleeping; nearby are items that connote acts of intimacy and connection, such as a comb, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and postcards. When displayed, the artwork invites passers-by to examine their own relationship to loss, grief, and mortality, creating moments of connection in unexpected places. In an effort to avoid large public gatherings, however, Nicole Wong has decided to publicly unveil the artwork with a performance that will be live-streamed from Suitcase Institute’s Instagram account (@suitcaseinstitute) at 9pm on Thursday, September 24. On How to Say Goodbye is the second suitcase artwork produced by Suitcase Institute. The artwork has previously been shown on a pedestrian bridge in Hong Kong. For more details on Suitcase Institute and …