First Look: 5 Highlights At The Asia Contemporary Art Show Fall 2017

Arts

September 19, 2017 | BY Isabel Wong

The Show returns for its 11th edition this September

Returning for its 11th edition, the Asia Contemporary Art Show will be held from September 21 to the 24 at the Conrad Hong Kong with a focus on Japanese art. The biannual art event will host over 80 galleries from across Asia and the world in its fall edition.

Recognised as the longest running hotel art fair in Asia, the Show once again pays tribute to the Hong Kong art community. "Among the outstanding selection of galleries and artists will be works from Hong Kong’s own Fotan artist community," said Show Director Mark Saunderson.

As we count down to the Show, here are some highlights to look forward to:


 

Ernest Javier Fernandez Zalacain, Mademoiselle (2017), Mixed Media Photograph (Image: Courtesy of Artium Miami Art Gallery)

Ernesto Javier Fernández Zalacain, Cuba

Having worked at German news agencies, Zalacain often embeds text in the form of neon light in his pictures as a way to tell the story. Zalacain seeks to examine life experiences in modern day Cuba, and his works revolve around the idea that all reality is subjective.

In his series ‘In Dior We Trust’, Zalacain critiques the entertainment industry for its recent interest in Cuba as an exotic and glamorous locale for its films and fashion shows, while the social and economic situation for everyday Cubans remains troubled.


 

Takahide Komatsu, Quiet Surface of Water 1 (2017), Acrylic & Metallic Leaf on Canvas, 50 x 72.7cm (Image: Courtesy of Fabrik Gallery)

Takahide Komatsu, Japan

Using nature as a motif, Komatsu seeks to express his views on environmental destruction through his paintings. Being an insect collector himself, the artist often pairs his own observations of nature with traditional Japanese Rinpa—a painting style in which vibrant colours are applied to simple natural subjects—to reflect the chaotic ecosystem in his home country.


 

Nguyen Duc Huy, Boat Trip (2016), Acrylic on Canvas, 120 x 120cm, (Image: Courtesy of ASIANA Fine Asian Art)

Nguyen Duc Huy, Vietnam

In a world obsessed with the ‘perfect body’ and excessive use of Photoshop, Nguyen’s graphical paintings celebrate an unfiltered reality. By using circles, triangles and chequered patterns, the artist depicts the everyday lives of women to challenge conventional beliefs about beauty.


 

Alan Lai, Shark Family (2014), Porcelain & Sand, 200 x 300 x 60cm (Image: Courtesy of Fotan Artists - ARTHOME.HK)

Alan Lai, Hong Kong

As the founder of ARTHOME.HK, a studio in the Fotan Art Village, Lai is passionate about pottery and devotes himself to ceramics and wood carving. His works explore new ways to present pottery with the use of rich and bold colours. The artist often adds a Hong Kong twist to his works, shedding light on social issues such as shark finning.


 

Shazia Imran, Florence Dream (Image: Courtesy of Macey & Sons Auctioneers and Valuers Limited)

Shazia Imran, Pakistan/ Australia

Known for her expressive mixed media pieces, Imran draws inspiration from her travels and explores the infinite expressiveness of her subjects through various mediums. Her multi-layered paintings explore the connections between landscape, memory and the subconscious. Imran was an award winner at the London Art Biennale 2017 and the mixed media winner of the Lorenzo II Magnifico Award at the Florence Biennale in 2015.


 

Asia Contemporary Art Show Fall 2017
Date: September 21—24, 2017 (General admission opens on September 22)
Venue: Conrad Hong Kong

Visit asiacontemporaryart.com for more details.