I had the great luck of getting to ARTHK12 a couple weeks ago which is probably the largest annual art event in Hong Kong.
It was one hell of a trip to Wan Chai’s Hong Kong Convention Center, with the weather crying itself out nonstop. But nothing can soothe the cold in my bones like good art could.
Except perhaps great company. Here’s my lovely companion, Alex Prachthauser. Behind her is this gigantic balloon-like lotus installation that seemed to close and bloom in intervals.
Since I only had one afternoon, I unfortunately did not have the time to take note of all the information for the artworks I have photographed (nor was I was thorough in my picture taking as I would have liked). There were two humongous show floors to go through that day. Wild!
I think that this is made out of rubber tire scraps
I was so excited that I got to see a for real Takato Yamamoto piece! Imagine my surprise when I find out that he does his illustrations in acrylic. A part of me died inside
Here is a detail
Left, work from a filipino gallery. Right, installation made out of animal hide
Temple with seated Buddha flanked with what I think are Bodhisattvaa made out of corrugated board
My two favorite black and white pieces for the day
What I loved about the left (sadly poorly photographed) was that I was admiring how this was done during my many resting breaks for my poor ailing knee. I figure that this was a massive watercolor sheet of some sort and the original design was done cleanly and symmetrical. After which, the artist must have gotten the painting wet to form one of a kind swirls and abstractions. I just find this to be absolute visual poetry. I love it. Possibly my favorite.
On the left is an amazing illusionistic painting with the thick paint creating a relief and the shadow implying depth. On the right is an ornate skull and well… I am a sucker for pretty momento mori.
ArtHK12 was located at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and ran from May17-20. ART HK has been the impetus for world class galleries to open in Hong Kong, and has created a platform for local artists to be shown in an international context. Visit their website for more details.
I will also be posting high-resolutions of these pictures on my Facebook Page in the future. Hope you can swing by and hit “like” so you can catch my updates :)