Author: Artomity Magazine

David Lam, Carrie Koo, Paul Chu, Josh Hon

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong  Artists in Vancouver Vancouver Art Gallery Mar 4 – May 28, 2017 Elliat Albrecht Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver (March 4–May 28) was one of three exhibitions organised by the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the territory’s handover from the UK to China in 1997. Presented on half a floor of the gallery, an authoritative-looking former courthouse in the centre of the city, the exhibition was staged by the VAG’s Institute of Asian Art and comprised archival documents and art works by Paul Chui, Josh Hon, Carrie Koo and David Lam, who all emigrated from Hong Kong to Vancouver during the uncertain years leading up to the handover. Curator Diana Freundl positioned the show in the catalogue as illustrating the early stages of abstract and modern landscape painting in Hong Kong in the 1960s, as well as the performance and installation art of the 1980s. Freundl argued that with the growth of globalisation and commercialisation in the second half of the 20th century, Hong Kong’s artistic developments matched …

Rachel Kneebone

Ovid in Exile By Diana d’Arenberg Parmanand British sculptor Rachel Kneebone forges the human condition out of clay. The great meta-narratives of humanity – creation and destruction, life and death, renewal, love, suffering, heaven and hell, the limitations and possibilities of the human body – are all tackled in her sculptures. It is a biblical, monumental endeavour. Aptly named, Kneebone creates architectural structures of white porcelain resembling towers or sculpture-like crypts of small bones, or tangles of roots or vines. The violent entanglement of limbs might be ripped straight out of Dante’s Inferno. She turned porcelain – a material associated with the decorative figurines and tea sets of the bourgeoisie – into the boundary-defying installation 399 Days at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London this year. The colossal sculpture, her largest to date, is a towering, epic explosion of limbs, flowers, spheres and genitalia. Fragments of the human body are intertwined, clambering and cascading down. They recall Rodin’s The Gates of Hell – her work was exhibited alongside the artist’s in 2012 at the Brooklyn Museum – or an erotic Tower of Babel, …

Map Office

For more than 20 years, Valérie Portefaix and Laurent Gutierrez, known together as Map Office, have been working in the field of art and architecture with a rhizomatic approach, exploring both the reality and the mythology of territories. They represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and and won the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2013. Artomity: For this Venice Biennial, you are presenting an exhibition, seminar and book launch about the deep sea, working with both artists and others whose work involves the ocean, who write about their relationship with it. What triggered this idea? Map Office: Our project in Venice has to be seen as a meeting platform around the theme of the ocean. An Ocean Archive is the title of the exhibition, and of our research at large on oceans and islands, implemented last year during Art Basel within the Open Platform programme at the Asia Art Archive. Along with the exhibition, we are launching the first part of the archive as Our Ocean Guide with Venice publishers Lightbox. The book …

William Lim

Architect William Lim discusses four of his favourite works from his collection. William Lim had known Samson Young as a musician, but first saw his art at the 2013 Para Site exhibition A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story. Young had intended the piece on show, Liquid Borders 1, to be a series of four works. Lim was intrigued by the idea that Young wanted to record the sound along the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Young was working with AM Space gallery at the time, and Lim ended up collecting Liquid Borders 1, 2 and 3. These works are constantly lent out to exhibitions, with Lim happy to share works from his collection to promote Hong Kong artists. This year Young will represent Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale. He works with three galleries internationally, and Lim continues to buy his works from all of them. Lim aims to collect the works of artists he likes at key turning points in their careers, but …

‘Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief’ Hong Kong Talk 2 – Please Lend Me Your Cochlea and Brain

Formally trained in classical music composition, artist and composer Samson Young’s work draws from a wide range of avant-garde compositional traditions. Recent works, such as Nocturne (2015), So You Are Old By the Time You Reach the Island (2016), Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief (2017) and One of Two Stories or Both (Field Bagatelles) (2017), express his interest in sonic experience in contemporary art through performances, site-specific sound installations, objects and drawings. In ‘Please Lend Me Your Cochlea and Brain’, the second conversation in our Hong Kong Talk Series, Young joins Taiwanese curator Jau-lan Guo, whose work centres on sound art, moving image, visual culture and the dynamic relationship between art and social reality, to explore the realisation, presentation and implications of sound art works in a visual art context. The talk is moderated by Ying Kwok, guest curator of Young’s current exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Please Lend Me Your Cochlea and Brain Date: 3 August 2017 (Thurs) Time: 7.30 – 9 pm Venue: Miller Theater, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong Speakers: Jau-lan Guo, Samson …

Amna Asghar, Doreen Chan, Viola Chen, Dachal Choi, Come Inside, Eternal Dragonz, Jes Fan, Christopher K Ho, Eisa Jocson, Linda CH Lai, Fiona Lee, Ma Qiusha, Huong Ngo, Ngoc Nau, Vivian Vivian Xiaoshi Qin, Renee So, Salote Tawale, Hiram To, Ka Man Tse, Wong Kit Yi, Kristina Wong, Xiyadie, Bobby Yu Shuk Pui

Jun 30 – Sep 10 Group show. Para Site 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay (852) 2517 4620 Email Web We-Su 12pm to 7pm Para Site Art is a non-profit art organisation that was established in 1996. We produce, exhibit and communicate local and international contemporary art. Our main activities include presenting an ambitious year programme comprising 10 exhibitions, publications of catalogues and PS magazine, a bilingual visual-arts publication. The gallery also organises seminars, talks and workshops.

Samson Young

Songs for Disaster Relief Venice Biennale 2017 May 13 – Nov 26, 2017 Diana d’Arenberg Parmanand With over a decade of practice, artist Samson Young has made audiences question and examine their relationship to sound and music, and their relationship to history, politics and identity through sound. Young is a product of a certain time and place. Born in 1979 in Hong Kong, he grew up under British colonial rule in the city, and moved with his family to Sydney after the handover to China in 1997, fearing the worst of Chinese rule in Hong Kong less than a decade after the Tiananmen Square massacre. In the 20 years since the handover, the people of Hong Kong have constantly reassessed what it means to be a Hongkonger, and are undergoing the self-scrutiny of a nation whose identity is in flux. Trained in classical music composition, and generally described as a sound artist, Young has explored the relationship between mainland China and Hong Kong by recording sounds in the border area separating the two, arranging them into sonic compositions and then transcribing them in graphic …

Speculative Cartography

By Gerhard Bruyns and Peter Hasdell On Exactitude in Science: In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. Succeeding Generations… came to judge a map of such Magnitude cumbersome… In the western Deserts, tattered Fragments of the Map are still to be found, sheltering an occasional Beast or beggar; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography. Purportedly from Travels of Prudent Men by Suárez Miranda, Book Four, Chapter XLV, Lérida, 1658; from A Universal History of Infamy by Jorge Luis Borges, 1935 Jorge Luis Borges’ On Exactitude in Science examines as speculative instruments the applications, skills and techniques of cartography, and can be understood as a critique both of …

Lee Kit

Something You Can’t Leave Behind By Charlotte Chang The introduction to Lee Kit’s first solo show with Massimo De Carlo Hong Kong, Something You Can’t Leave Behind, opens with a lengthy quote containing sentence fragments and abrupt imperatives that is at once baffling and transcendent. After a series of disjointed declarative statements – such as “there is a movie in every corner”, “a bus ride might make you smile” and “our time has gone” – Lee commands viewers to “mute the voiceover”, before ending by saying “something you can’t leave behind”, the show’s titular reference to elusive and ineffable but persistent traces of life and memory. The intimate narrative of the show, composed of eight site-specific works with complex combinations of projections and Lee’s characteristic mixed-media paintings and drawings, is as much a stream of consciousness as the quote. While the show’s “something” seems intertwined with Lee’s individual consciousness, manifest in ghostly imprints of mundane objects, disembodied gestures and idiosyncratic expletives, the multifarious interplay between tangibility and intangibility, light and shadow, sharpness and blurriness, and contrasting scales brings out something more universal: that, in myriad ways, …

Markus Brunetti

Jun 8 – Aug 26 Opening: Thursday, Jun 8, 6-8pm Markus Brunetti and his partner Betty Schöner have been documenting facades of Cathedrals part-by-part in Europe since 2005. The separated elements are then assembled digitally into a coherent whole.   Axel Vervoordt Gallery Unit D, 15/F Entertainment Building 30 Queen’s Road, Central T (852)2503 2220 Email Web Tu-Sa 11am – 7pm As a strong supporter of Zero and Gutai art movements from its inception, the gallery’s vision has gradually evolved into contemporary art with a special interest in the concept of the void, the process of the creation and in the questioning of the experience of space and time. In May 2014, Axel Vervoordt Gallery expanded to Hong Kong and opened its first overseas exhibition venue in the city’s central district. El Anatsui created new work for this occasion. By having a physical presence in Hong Kong, Axel Vervoordt Gallery will continue to bridge artistic expressions between the East and the West.