10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In August 2019
Blue Lotus Gallery: Reconstruct: Alexis Ip & Stefan Irvine
The two photographers on show at Blue Lotus Gallery this month have mastered photo composition, but—unusually—they have also mastered photo decomposition and re-composition.
Alexis Ip is known for his 3D “Fotomo” technique, which sees him cut up photos of Hong Kong’s street scenes then make collages out of them. His foil in this exhibition is Stefan Irvin, who makes seamless images of Hong Kong’s streets by stitching numerous photographs together.
August 9 to September 15. Blue Lotus Gallery, G/F 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, +852 6100 1295; bluelotus-gallery.com
Edouard Malingue Gallery: Adaptation
For local Hong Kong artist Ko Sin-tung’s second solo exhibition at Edouard Malingue Gallery, she is showing a series of new works including photographs, decorative moulds, drywall installations and sculptures.
Ko’s work investigates the process of human attunement—how we shift our bodies, emotions and mentality to survive in our given environment. Given her roots in the city, Ko is especially interested in the lives of Hongkongers.
Until August 9. Edouard Malingue Gallery, 6/F, 33 Des Voeux Road Central, +852 2810 0317; edouardmalingue.com
Shop Taka Ishii Gallery: ±8 — A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramics
Shop Taka Ishii’s exhibition ±8 features eight ceramicists from Japan and the USA: Kentaro Kawabata, Kazuhito Kawai, Tony Marsh, Keita Matsunaga, Akio Niisato, William J. O’Brien, Sterling Ruby and Kouzo Takeuchi.
These eight talented sculptors tackle many ideas in their work, with themes of renewal, vulnerability, force, lonesomeness, tradition, violence and beauty running through the show. Much like the ceramics, the name of the exhibition itself, ±8, can be interpreted in multiple ways and is said to contain hidden meanings by featured potter Kentaro Kawabata, who also curated the show.
Until September 8. Shop Taka Ishii Gallery, Shop 4A & 4B, G/F Bo Fung Mansion, St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai, +852 3619 0011; takaishiigallery.com
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Soluna Fine Art: Ways of Water
Jang Young-Sook has been creating art since her career first took off as a print-maker in the 1970s. Since then, Jang’s work has passed through multiple phases—she launched her career with minimalist portraits, then moved on to making figurative drawings of plants, and now she’s focused on paintings that explore the force of water.
Her exhibition at Soluna Fine Art showcases nine works selected from Jang’s Wave series and Waterdrop series. Both pay close attention to the different shapes formed by water, whether it be the straight lines of pouring rain, the concentric circles formed by droplets or the rising and falling of waves crashing against the shore.
Until August 15. Soluna Fine Art, G/F, 52 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2955 5166; solunafineart.com
Mine Project: Scaffolds of Meaning
Another group exhibition is taking place at Mine Project this summer featuring nine artists hailing from China, South Korea and Japan. The exhibition showcases a diverse selection of media—including video, sculptures, ceramics and paintings—and is curated by Robin Peckham.
This exhibition explores two major themes: the role of the body in making art and the process of collage.
Until August 17. Mine Project, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, mine-project.com
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Rossi & Rossi: Dialogue: Tenzing Rigdol
For his fourth solo exhibition with Rossi & Rossi, Tibetan diasporic artist Tenzing Rigdol is showcasing his latest drawings and paintings.
Rigdol’s practice is to juxtapose Buddhist images of sacred figures and deities with modern, dramatic diagonal lines and sharp angles that would never be shown in traditional Buddhist paintings. The resulting powerful images explore the tension between the old and the new.
Programmes will accompany the exhibition to further explore the cultural and political implications found in his works.
Until September 21. Rossi & Rossi, Unit C, 3/F, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, +852 3575 9417; rossirossi.com
Seoul Auction: Matter
Seoul Auction—with the support of AM Space, Blindspot Gallery, Gallery Exit, Hanart TZ and Karin Weber Gallery—is hosting Matter, an exhibition showcasing the works of 18 Hong Kong artists and 6 Korean artists. The show is curated by renowned Hong Kong architect, artist and art collector William Lim, who has assembled what is widely considered to be the world’s largest private collection of contemporary art from Hong Kong.
The large-scale collaborative exhibition invites viewers to discover the meaning behind the matter. It probes questions such as: What inspires Hong Kong artists? Are there any similarities between Hong Kong and Korean art? What is contemporary art’s role in these environments?
August 1 to September 18. Seoul Auction, 11/F, H Queen's, 80 Queen's Road Central, Central, +852 2537 1880; seoulauction.com
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David Zwirner: Singing The Body Electric
Taking its title from Walt Whitman’s poem, I Sing The Body Electric, this exhibition explores ideas of the body and desire. Among the artists featured are German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, the late American conceptual artist Félix González-Torres and Aaajiao, a Mainland Chinese activist and multimedia artist.
Until August 10, David Zwirner Gallery, H Queen’s, 5-6/F, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, +852 2119 5900; davidzwirner.com
Asia Society: To See the Forest and the Trees
This summer, Asia Society is hosting an arts and culture programme titled Hidden Forests, which is focused on celebrating Hong Kong’s ecology and biodiversity. The idea for the project was sparked after Typhoon Mangkhut last year, which felled countless trees around the city and led Asia Society’s team to reflect on the greenery that we sometimes overlook in day-to-day life.
Until September 8. Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Dr, Admiralty, +852 2103 9511; asiasociety.org
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Pace Gallery: Kohei Nawa
Featuring several of Kohei Nawa’s series, this exhibition at Pace in H Queen’s reveals the artist’s interest in the boundaries between virtual and physical spaces, the individual and the group, and the natural and artificial worlds.
Among the works on show are the Throne series, which explores Nawa’s concern that humans are beginning to blindly follow advanced technology, and the Particle series, a group of objects covered in diamond-like silicon carbide powder.
Until August 29. Pace Gallery, H Queen's, 12/F, 80 Queen's Road Central, Central, +852 2608 5065; pacegallery.com
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