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Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts BA (VA) Graduation Exhibition 2021

Jun 12 – 27, 2021128 graduates from AVA Academy of Visual Arts, HKBUKai Tak Campus, AVA, HKBU51 Kwun Tong Road, KowloonChoi Hung MTR, Exit A2 Due to current restrictions the exhibition is open to the public under limitations. For on-site visits please fill in the registration form two days in advance. Public tours are available every Sunday from 12 to 2 pm. A confirmation email will be send after successful registration. Register here: https://forms.gle/A3WoFTsaEcxoM4Bc7 avabagradshow.com.hk

The Moon is Leaving Us 月逝無聲

By Aaina Bhargava /  Roughly 300 years ago, after studying ancient records of eclipses, British astronomer Edmond Halley conceived of a theory that the moon was in fact physically moving away from the Earth. The moon’s recession was later confirmed in the 1970s by laser beams bouncing off mirrors placed on the moon by American and Soviet astronauts. Caused by drags in ocean tides, which slow the Earth’s spin rate, the accelerated rate compensates for the loss of angular momentum, and the moon gradually pulls away at a rate of 3.78 cm a year – about the rate at which our fingernails grow.  Upon learning this, Hong Kong artist Phoebe Hui’s existing fascination with the celestial body gained newfound urgency. “For some reason, this matters to me, despite the fact it doesn’t affect us during our lifetime,” she says. Initial inspiration struck when the artist’s visited Le Brassus in Switzerland, home to Audemars Piguet’s headquarters, just after she was selected to fulfil the Fifth Audemars Piguet Art Commission, the first to be exhibited in Asia. During a …

Rolex Presents: William Forsythe’s Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2

Jul 4 – 19, 2021 (Multiple sessions per day)Early bird tickets: $120 – discount available till Jun 21No handling fee. Concessions at 50% off and family packages available. Freespace, Art ParkWest Kowloon Cultural District(MTR Kowloon Station Exit E) http://www.westkowloon.hk/williamforsythe This summer, The Box at Freespace transforms into an interactive gallery space. Come dodge and weave through a shifting obstacle course of hundreds of pendulums suspended from automated grids that swing and sweep according to set patterns. As you navigate this labyrinth, ensuring not to bump any of the swinging orbs along the way, you realise you are creating your own unique dance. For the first time in Asia, experience the undulating world of one of the 20th century’s most iconic artists. William Forsythe has been creating works for stage, screen and galleries over nearly half a century, transforming ballet from its classical repertoire to a dynamic contemporary art form. Originally created in an abandoned building on New York’s historic High Line, the installation has been developed in contexts as diverse as the monumental industrial architecture of the Turbine Hall …

Rodel Tapaya 羅德爾·塔帕亞

By Caroline Ha Thuc / Random Numbers, the new exhibition by Filipino artist Rodel Tapaya, depicts a chaotic, dense reality where a multitude of fragmented objects and living creatures entwine and decompose. Inspired by Filipino and Mexican mural painters, but also by surrealist artists, Tapaya draws a carnivalesque portrait of the Philippines and, beyond, of our contemporary societies driven by excesses and never-ending consumption. Born in 1980 in Montalban, in the Philippines’s Rizal province, Tapaya is known for his neo-traditional paintings inspired by Philippine mythology, folk tales and beliefs, which he converts into allegories for our times. Scrap Paintings, the artist’s new series of works, is a departure from this, instead focusing on the concept of disaggregation. The nine paintings presented at Tang Contemporary Art are based on relatively small collages from magazine cut-outs, mostly from the National Geographic, that the artist enlarges and turns into acrylic works on canvas. He uses different coloured whiteboard markers to erase some pigments from the original images, playing with their glossy surfaces and printing ink to obtain various textural effects. …

trust & confusion at Tai Kwun Contemporary

trust & confusion /May 5 to Dec 5, 2021 / 3/F JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun10 Hollywood Road Central, Hong KongTue – Sun: 11am – 7pm (Closed on Mondays) http://www.taikwun.hk/en/programmewww.trusting.hk trust & confusion is about the conversation of certainty and chance; the transformative power of bodies, intangibles, and ephemeral encounters; music and magic; and the luck of being alive, with all the concerns that come with it. Evolving, accumulating, the exhibition unfolds over several episodes, on site and online, from now to the end of the year. trust & confusion transforms the white cube space into a fluctuating environment that hosts activities and sensations; it transforms this space in favour of movements, interactions, and deep listening for ears and bodies. There are several visible performances taking place as you enter, and several invisible ones, mostly new commissions from an intergenerational, international, and cosmopolitan group of artists. The exhibition is an invitation to observe how things emerge in relation to each other—sounds, gestures, smells—and to be a part of it, being surprised and giving attention to your inner landscape while a …

Donald Moffett at Whitestone Gallery

NATURE CULT / May 18 – Jun 26, 2021 /Opening: Saturday, May 15, 2 – 6pm / Whitestone Gallery8/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road CentralCentral, Hong Kong http://www.whitestone-gallery.com/exhibitions Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to present NATURE CULT, the first solo exhibition of American artist Donald Moffett in Asia. Coinciding with Art Central Hong Kong, Moffett’s exhibition highlights his recent works characterised by a provocative minimalism, glossy surfaces and uncanny forms exploring subjects on nature, the body and desire. The show at the gallery in H Queen’s will also feature works from across Moffett’s oeuvre, including He Kills Me, 1987; an iconic work by the artist made in New York at the height of the AIDS epidemic. In the past two decades Moffett has developed a unique application of paint in which orifices and bristled surfaces invite implications of the human body, botanical and molecular forms, as well as bullet holes. The emergence of this extruded series marked a major shift in Moffett’s work and challenged traditional notions of painting. In Moffett’s recent NATURE CULT series, from which the show …

Shape of Water at Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

Shape of Water /May 17 – Jun 30, 2021 /Opening: Saturday, May 15, 2 – 6pm / Edouard Malingue GalleryUnit B2, 12/F, Blue Box Factory Building25 Hing Wo Street, Aberdeen, Hong Kong https://edouardmalingue.com/exhibitions/galleries-curate-rhe/https://galleriescurate.com/ On the occasion of Galleries Curate: RHE, Edouard Malingue Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition, Shape of Water, at the gallery’s Tin Wan studioshowcasing works by Chou Yu-Cheng, Ko Sin Tung, Kwan Sheung Chi, Lai Chih-Sheng and Wang Wei. The widespread Covid-19 pandemic has a global impact on many aspects of the gallery ecosystem and has profoundly affected artists, professionals and realisations of artworks. Although the pandemic aborts a number of scheduled projects and programmes, galleries worldwide manage to come together not long after the outbreak, supporting the community, interacting and cooperating with each other. The Galleries Curate programme was initiated as an expression of this unity, presenting a total of 21 exhibitions concurrently on the online platform and the exhibition spaces of the participating galleries from January until May 2021, in order to express the dynamic dialogue between the galleries’ individual programmes. Galleries Curate: RHE is the first …

Audemars Piguet Contemporary presents The Moon is Leaving Us (2021) by Phoebe Hui

The Moon is Leaving Us /Apr 25 – May 23, 2021 / From Apr 25 to May 23, 2021, the 5th Audemars Piguet Art Commission The Moon is Leaving Us by multi-disciplinary artist Phoebe Hui, guest curated by Ying Kwok, is on view at Tai Kwun Center for Arts and Heritage in Hong Kong.  The large scale, site-specific installation takes a unique fact about the Moon – that it is in fact slowing leaving “us” – as a basis to explore historical and contemporary observations of Earth’s natural satellite in an effort to re-examine our relationship with it and embrace new perspectives on science through contemporary art. Audemars Piguet cordially invites you to experience the artwork remotely through a virtual tour and digital curator walk-throughs. Book a virtual visitDiscover more

LeeLee Chan 陳麗同

By Caroline Ha Thuc / Born in 1984 in Hong Kong, LeeLee Chan is well known for sculptural installations that transform discarded mass-produced objects from daily life into hybrid and often organic forms. For Chan, there is no discontinuity between the human, natural and technological spheres; she has developed a holistic approach to the world and to society. Art allows her to connect these realms creatively, opening up new and sometimes surprising perspectives on our urban environment. Caroline Ha Thuc: You left Hong Kong at the age of 17 to study in the United States and you spent 13 years abroad, including two in the UK, before coming back in 2015. How did this journey shape your work?LeeLee Chan: I guess it changed my perspective on Hong Kong and how I now appreciate my family’s heritage. My parents are antique dealers, and I grew up surrounded by Chinese antiques, yet I did not fully appreciate them until I came back. I am also more open to the urban environment I am now living in, in Kwai Chung, and I …

Bruce Nauman 布魯斯·瑙曼

By Diana d’Arenberg Parmanand / This year marks the 80th birthday of American artist Bruce Nauman. Following on from a recent Tate retrospective is Presence/Absence at White Cube, the first exhibition in Hong Kong for the pioneering video artist, featuring five works: two single-channel pieces, from 1999 and 2001; and three dual-screen projections made in 2013. The artist is present in all but one of them. Many of Nauman’s earlier works are about time and endurance: his own as an artist, as he pushes himself to physical limits; and the audience’s, as they try to sit through videos of maniacal clowns (Clown Torture, 1987), and of the artist performing mundane tasks. In one of several early videos from 1968, we see him bouncing off the wall (Bouncing in the Corner I), making the viewer dizzy in the process. In another, Walk with Contrapposto (1968), he walks back and forth in a narrow corridor, exaggeratedly swinging his hips side to side. Similarly, in Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square (1968), he …