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We've handpicked some art exhibitions and events to check out this October Read on to discover more.
The Hong Kong Arts Collective: Pockets
We're back again with another amazing exhibition for you. Tell us what’s your favourite pocket of Hong Kong? Is it the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay or the scenic shores of Cheung Chau? As Hong Kongers know you can spend the morning up a mountain, the afternoon in an island town and the evening amongst the glow of the city lights. In this exhibition 11 artists show us what part of Hong Kong calls to them. One city, thousands of inspirations. This diverse collection of artworks truly represents all that Hong Kong has to offer. We invite you to explore Hong Kong through the eyes of our artists and celebrate the city’s many pockets.
When: 7th October - 27th October 2023
Image: courtesy Hong Kong Arts Collective
G/F, Centre Point, 181-185 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
The Stallery: Unraveled: WoA, An Annual Exhibition of HK Artists
WOA ‘23, which stands for Works of Art 2023, is an annually held group exhibition between a collective of prominent Hong Kong-based artists at The Stallery. This year, the exhibition will feature new and old members, spanning a range of mediums and themes from abstract acrylics to AI-generated images and conceptual sculptures. The artists include Chak 翟宗浩, Ernest CHANG, David Boyce, David Clarke, Francis Yu Wai Luen 余偉聯, Gerard Henry, Greer Howland, Irving Cheung 張蚊, IV Chan 陳子雯, Jeremy Ip, Liu Siu Jane 廖少珍, Man Tin 田禮文, Michael Nock, Rachel Psmith, Roy Lee, Siuman Lo, Tam Wai Ping 譚偉平 and Tim Li.
All the participants artists are members of the local artist collective “WoA (Workers of Art)” founded in August 2019 by founding member and prominent contemporary Chinese ink artist Chak with the aims of fostering exchange between emerging and established artists living and working in Hong Kong; and, more importantly, facilitating the organization of artist-initiated outreach to the local public in the form of group exhibitions in accessible venues.
When: 27th September - 22nd October 2023
Image: courtesy The Stallery
The Stallery, G/F Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai
Sean Gallery: Then & Now
Then and Now is the first solo exhibition by Denton Yan Chen, distilling the tranquil scenery of Tai Ping Shan Street. Experience the passage of time and ordinary beauty of this special place. Denton Yan Chen started taking photos with some sort of intent in 2019, and spent a majority of his lunch hours wandering the gentle slopes of Tai Ping Shan Street and surrounding areas.
You will find his observations throughout the years of both it’s inhabitants and visitors. Of things and people that remain, and those that change. And a nostalgic feeling that this place is quite different and special. The theme of the exhibition is organised in pairs of photos. Each depicting the same subject at different moments in time. Some of these were taken on Denton’s first few rolls of film in 2019 until present day.
Denton’s documentation style is subtle with a theme of nostalgic passing of time. Amongst his collection of photos, one can observantly find that some things have changed, with many things remaining the same. Traversing through Tai Ping Shan Street where he had spent a considerable amount of time, he hopes to reflect on a perspective of Hong Kong that is lesser known to the public.
When: 7th October - 22nd October 2023
Image: courtesy Denton Chen
12 Tai Ping Shan Street
Wyndham Street Social & Young Soy: Beyond The Mirage
Young Soy Gallery is proud to present Francesco Lietti’s solo show, Beyond the Mirage, in collaboration with Wyndham Social. Reminiscent of the excitement of arriving by air to a faraway place, Beyond the Mirage encapsulates the plethora of sensations felt as one first enters this eclectic metropolis. Familiarity bleeding into strangeness, Lietti captures the overflowing promises of opportunity, the complex feelings of density, energy, and vibrancy of Asian cities within a cacophony of bright colours.
Through gentle abstraction, Lietti renders reality into a two-dimensional plane, evoking the sense of celebration and surprise that the city brings to us in every moment of every day. Whether it be the rolling hills, the matrix of skyscrapers, or even the fresh laundry hanging on balconies, Lietti does not fail to enliven the remarkably dense yet immensely human quality of this unique city in his oeuvre. Beyond the Mirage solicits us to see that tangled within the abstracted cityscape lies the true essence of a tightly-knit community, awakening a vision of ourselves as we really are and as we can be.
Don’t be fooled by the jovial quality of Lietti’s visions. Instead, ditch your grip on reality and allow truth and fantasy to merge into a sweet and indistinctive blur.
When: 29th September - 19th November 2023
Image: Francesco Lietti
G/F, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
SC Gallery: Interview the Interviewer
SC Gallery is proud to present one of the most exciting exhibitions this year: a collaboration between Chow Chun Fai and Sharon Cheung – an identity exchange between interviewer and interviewee!
Let’s see how this collaboration sparks!
Chow is a renowned local visual artist, while Sharon was a veteran Hong Kong journalist, she started her career with the South China Morning Post in the 90’s reporting news centered around politics. In this exhibition, Chow interviewed Sharon for her past experience in journalism, and a year of discussions and research by Chow himself, we are pleased to present a series of story about Hong Kong, which we are all familiar with.
As the chief commander of the exhibition, Chow perceives the past from a different perspective: for instance, in view of a snapshot of Sino-US negotiations in the early year 2000, he invites audiences to peek through leaders’ postures and carpets in the conference. As for the success of the Beijing Olympics, he selects a scene from the TV news at 4 a.m., illustrating how general mass got updates from Tiananmen Square before the Internet was being widely used.
Sharon provided the first-hand news sources which included all the news images, background information to the artists; of which are interviewed and collected by Sharon herself. Chow re- edited and rearranged them through both wide shots and close-ups. While some scenes and characters are being taken away, others are being emphasized. Those news images are part of our history, irreplaceable, and cannot be forgotten. They are like movies appearing vividly to audience again.
In journalism, which shots to be preserved, which are faded out, are meant to convey messages. In art, the same material re-edited from a new angle, will transform the old news into a new perspective.
When: 27th September - 11th November 2023
Image: courtesy SC Gallery
Unit 2, 19/F, Sungib Industrial Centre, 53 Wong Chuk Hang Road, HK
Double Q Gallery: INNER ATMOSPHERES
Double Q Gallery is pleased to present Inner Atmospheres, a solo exhibition of new paintings by David Horváth (b. 1998, Romania), his first with the gallery. Horváth graduated from the Department of Painting at the University of Arts and Design in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, an institution renowned for its painterly traditions. He currently lives and works in his hometown of Baia Mare, Romania.
Drawing inspiration from his predecessors of 19th and 20th century European landscape painting, including Paul Signac and Camille Corot, Horváth amalgamates numerous European painting traditions – impressionism, pointillism, realism and fauvism – to explore a deep fascination with light and shadows in the natural scenery. His new body of work is characterised by subtle shadings and quiet colours, ranging from warm luminescent hues to cool turquoise and blues. His aim is to portray the landscape around him with a heightened awareness of how a special moment can be expressed through atmosphere and light. Horváth devotes much of his practice to small-scale paintings to emphasize detail and foster emotional intimacy. Using generously paint-loaded brushstrokes, his soft landscapes have a remarkable texture and a matter-of-fact immediacy. The smaller sized canvases allow viewers to appreciate each scenery in its entirety from a glance. Within hand’s reach, the viewer is briefly transported to the countryside, threading through serene forests and basking under the soft glow of twilight.
When: 16th September - 14th October 2023
Image: Courtesy of Double Q Gallery
68 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan
Whitestone Gallery: Out Of My Cocoon
Whitestone Gallery is honoured to present Out Of My Cocoon, a group exhibition featuring the remarkable works of three acclaimed artists: Rebecca Bernau, Sachiko Kamiki, and Wu Shuang. While each artist possesses a unique artistic voice, they share a deep commitment to exploring the depths of human emotion, the intricate beauty of nature, and our intrinsic connection to the world around us. “Out of my cocoon” signifies different stages of artistic development, while also applicable to life and the spiritual maturation of mankind and personality. The cocoon symbolizes a place of retreat, as an observer that roams through life before pupation, perceiving the world through the filter of “glasses”. These glasses are shaped by inborn personalities and colored by the unique experiences of the individual.
The cocoon phase can be seen as a period of mental digestion, characterized by rest and passivity. After spending time in the cocoon, the subject would have undergone rapid growth and transformation. Altogether, observation, cocooning, and production form a constant cycle. All phases are necessary for happiness and functionality.
When: 28th July - 17th September 2023
Image: Whitestone Gallery
7-8/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central
Galerie KOO: Sculpting Dreams
Sculpture is an art that challenges intelligence, physical ability, perseverance, and science through the convergence and expansion of its structure, the strength and beauty of its form, and the stability and rigidity of its volume. Artists create new worlds through their vision, constructing the existence of nothingness and reality in their creations. In this exhibition, we present three sculptors who bring us their imagination and discussion on nature, virtual reality, human nature and society.
When: 23rd September to 28th October 2023
Image: courtesy of Galerie KOO
7/F Vogue Building, 67 Wyndham Street, Central
Alisan Fine Arts Gallery: A Dance of Landscapes and Civilisation
Alisan Fine Arts is excited to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring the novel works of Lin Guocheng. This exhibition will showcase two distinct series from the artist––the “Landscape” series and the “Civilisation” series, each delving deep into the intricate relationship between nature and human civilisation. Through his masterful integration of Western classical sketches with Chinese ink paintings, Lin Guocheng offers a fresh perspective on the ever-evolving dynamics of our world.
For Lin Guocheng, there are two fundamental elements in his paintings: lines and perspectives. In the artist’s mind, line is not just a tool, but a vehicle of expression and a bridge between thought, manifestation, and cultures. Influenced by masters from the East and the West, his artworks are characterised by intricate lines that weave stories, emotions, and philosophies. These lines, whether bold or delicate, straight or swirling, are a testament to Lin’s mastery and his deep understanding of their potential. With his background as a software designer, perspectives are pivotal both in his digital endeavours and artistic creations. Often depicting sceneries or objects within a rectangular frame, Lin seamlessly blends the Western linear perspective with the ancient Chinese “three distances” technique. This fusion results in a sense of abundance, where the main subjects seem to saturate, if not overflow from, the defined space.
When: 19th September - 9th December 2023
Image: Courtesy Alisan Fine Art Gallery
21/F Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Carrie Solo Exhibition: Mellow Tea
Carrie Illustration is excited to invite you to her second solo exhibition. Get swept away in the dreamy world she's created. There will be 100% new artworks based on her Tea Shop series and a brand new zine called "The Mellow Tea Room". Make sure to stop by the opening to grab your signed copy of her new book.
When: 14th October - 4th November 2023
Image: Courtesy Carrie Illustration
1301, Block A, Chung Mei Centre, 15 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong