ART FAIRS HONG KONG CONTEMPORARY ARTWORK
From work by seminal American pop artists like Andy Warhol to that of the emerging Asian artists represented in the fair’s ASIA ONE section, ART HK 11 seemed truly international. While we were out interviewing gallerists at the fair, we asked each to pick one image that they felt stood out in the selection of works that they had brought with them. We publish 13 of these artworks below.
The work is about the dream … [that] many young girls [have] to be pretty and happy. [The artist] has created a layout arrangement that produces a blissful feeling [and this is] characteristic of his work.
– Gallerie Grand Siecle (Taipei)
This ‘robot’ can be opened up and the inside of the work is about as big as your body. It’s made of graphite and thus it’s [resistant to] nuclear radiation. [The work] is a response to the radiation crisis in Japan that [began] a few months ago.
– Henry Au-yeung, Director and Chief Curator, Grotto Fine Art (Hong Kong)
This year we brought along these paper plates [by Hamra Abbas], which have been meticulously planned out. The [patterns are] printed on paper and cut into tiny strips, and those strips have then been almost stitched together, almost weaved, into these geometric so-called Islamic patterns. [The text that runs across the strips reads, ‘Please get served’.] The circular disks were then shaped by an industrial manufacturer of paper plates.
– Hammad Nasar, Curatorial Director, Green Cardamom (London)
This is a work that [Chen Long-Bin] created for this art fair. Basically, he is an artist who works with book crafting. In this recent work he actually used our exhibition catalogues to craft a ‘face’ that is also a bookshelf. It was also created to celebrate [our gallery’s] 25th anniversary.
– Khadinn Khan, Gallery Manager, Plum Blossoms Gallery (Hong Kong)
The message [in the work] is ‘Trust in me…’ In the [1967 Disney movie called] ‘The Jungle Book’ … there is a snake [called Kaa] and the snake sings to [the main character, a boy called] Mowgli, ‘Trust in me, just in me…’. Guillaume Paris has chosen to use the same words.
– Gilles Drouault, gallerie de multiples (Paris)
Visually the work shows the artist, Gavin Turk, in the guise of Sid Vicious, the punk singer, who’s standing in the position of Elvis Presley as imagined by Andy Warhol. You have this amazing layering of pop culture references and icons.
– Kate Bryan, Gallery Director, The Cat Street Gallery (Hong Kong)
This work was shown at ART HK 11 by Hokujae. Click here to read more about artist Sea Hyun Lee.
[Keiichi Tanaami] is a master of Japanese pop art, [coming to fame in] the Sixties, and now he’s 74 years old. He was a nine-year-old living in Tokyo during World War II. Despite this, his work is very positive and powerful [and presents his idea of the after life]. The red bridge [middle-left in the work] is a connection to the other world from this world.
– Shinji Nanzuka, Nanzuka Underground (Tokyo)
You can see that there are numerous layers for each … dot. The work has the texture [and appearance] of terrazzo, or floor tiling. The process is very time-consuming [and] highly repetitive.
– Lu Jingjing, Director, Beijing Commune (Beijing)
Note to reader: The artworks, galleries and artist represented in these photographs are randomly selected by Art Radar to show a wide range of the work on show at the fair. These galleries, artworks and artists are neither preferred nor endorsed by Art Radar Asia.
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