What not to miss in art week

Art fever is tak­ing over Hong Kong, but what’s worth see­ing and what’s worth skip­ping? Fol­low this arty itin­er­ary to get the full-blown ex­pe­ri­ence this month. Gormei Art Month Hong Kong Art Gallery Night Art Cen­tral Asia Con­tem­po­rary Art Show HKWalls Art

HK Magazine - - PAGE 3 - By Kate Lok

Gormei Art Month brings to­gether two of the great­est plea­sures in life: food and art. It fea­tures a range of art-meets-food events, in­clud­ing a ce­ram­ics and sake event: Ar­ti­san pot­ters team up with Ja­pan’s Yorozuya Sake Brew­ery to guide you through the ar­ti­sanal crafts of both sake and ce­ramic mak­ing, and how they must be paired for the ul­ti­mate sake ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mar 23, 7:30-9:30pm. Waka Ar­ti­sans, Shop S303, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., Cen­tral. $400 per per­son from gormei.com.

Hong Kong’s best art gal­leries come to­gether for their an­nual cel­e­bra­tion, a so­phis­ti­cated evening of win­ing and art-gaz­ing. At Art Gallery Night, you’ll be able to check out a hand­ful of new ex­hi­bi­tion open­ings across town, per­for­mances, guided tours and talks— all with a glass of wine or cham­pagne in

hand, of course.

Mar 21. Across 43 HKAGA Mem­ber Gal­leries. Free en­try.hk-aga.org.

Art Cen­tral moves into its sec­ond it­er­a­tion this year, set­ting up its tents at Cen­tral against the beau­ti­ful back­drop of Vic­to­ria Har­bour. At­tract­ing a younger, more hip­ster crowd, Art Cen­tral is the place to go to get your fix of con­tem­po­rary art­works, whether you’re a new­bie art en­thu­si­ast or a de­voted col­lec­tor.

Mar 21-26. Cen­tral Har­bourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Rd., Cen­tral. $230 for two from hk­tick­et­ing.com.

Don’t Miss!

The Fly­ing Buck

Ab­dul­lah M.I. Syed’s per­for­mance of “The Fly­ing Buck” (pic­tured above, Mar 21, 5-7:15pm) takes art to the next level: The artist makes pa­per planes out of US$1 bills, un­folds them, and even­tu­ally eats and re­gur­gi­tates them to cre­ate what he calls a “Money Art Ob­ject.” We call that ded­i­ca­tion.

The Sun­dew In­stal­la­tion

Swarovski teams up with award-win­ning Hong Kong-Bri­tish de­signer Elaine Ng to bring the “Sun­dew In­stal­la­tion” to Art Cen­tral. The spec­tac­u­lar in­stal­la­tion com­bines light, move­ment and fra­grance with sound-ac­ti­vated struc­tures, com­posed of ap­prox­i­mately 20 mil­lion Swarovski crys­tals. The city’s an­nual street art fes­ti­val is back. This time, artists from all over the world will be haul­ing their spray cans and sten­cils to Sham

Shui Po. Watch them bring the city’s old­est district alive with col­or­ful pat­terns and paints—and if you can’t wait, head over to She­ung Wan now to check out the rem­nants of last year’s HKWalls in the area.

Mar 21-27. Sham Shui Po (Che­ung Sha Wan Rd. to Lai Chi Kok Rd. / Boundary St. to Nam Cheong St.), hkwalls.org.

In the mood to part with a good load of your CNY pocket money? Stroll through four sto­ries of art at the Con­rad Ho­tel dur­ing the 8th edi­tion of the Asia Con­tem­po­rary Art Show. Held twice a year, 2016’s spring edi­tion fea­tures 84 ex­hibitors from across Asia and world­wide, rang­ing from new artists to widely rec­og­nized names in the art world. The show will dis­play more than 3,000 ex­clu­sive pieces in­clud­ing paint­ings, sculp­tures and pho­tog­ra­phy.

Mar 24-27. 40-43/F, Con­rad Hong Kong, Pa­cific Place, 88 Queensway, Ad­mi­ralty. $220 for two from hk­tick­et­ing.com.

One of the largest art fairs in the world, Art

Basel is the must-hit event this month.

This year is its fourth it­er­a­tion in the city, play­ing host to 239 of the world’s top art gal­leries with a va­ri­ety of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art on dis­play from more than 4,000 artists.

Mar 24-26. HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. $180-850 from hk­tick­et­ing.com.

Don’t Miss!

Tracey Emin

A Bri­tish artist known for her ec­cen­tri­cally hon­est au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal art­works, Tracey Emin will be talk­ing at an artist’s panel on Thurs­day. Af­ter the talk, check out her work at “I Cried Be­cause I Love You”— Emin’s first solo ex­hi­bi­tion in Greater China (Mar 21-May 21) at White Cube and Lehmann Maupin.

Mar 24, 2-3pm, Art Basel Salon, art­basel.com.

Sam­son Young

Award-win­ning sound artist Sam­son Young dis­plays a piece ti­tled “So You are Old by the Time You Reach the Is­land.” The in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit takes the au­di­ence on a mul­ti­me­dia jour­ney through Wan Chai and Ad­mi­ralty, com­bin­ing his­tory, fic­tion and per­sonal nar­ra­tive through films, au­dio tracks, ra­dio broad­casts and in­stal­la­tion el­e­ments to cre­ate a time­and site-spe­cific ex­pe­ri­ence.

March 24, hourly be­tween 1.15—7.30pm. Starts at the BMW Lounge at Art Basel.

Se­cret Walls, a group that hosts live street art bat­tles world­wide, has been run­ning for four years now in Hong Kong. This month, they’re pre­sent­ing works on the ceil­ing of one of the city’s iconic trams (Tram 110, to be ex­act). This ex­hi­bi­tion will run for six months—all you have to do is look up.

See face­book.com/Se­cretWall­sxHongKong for more.

Art doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to come with a hefty price. This rel­a­tively new graf­fiti spot in Mong Kok East has grown im­mensely pop­u­lar for graf­fiti artists all around the world, with pieces by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists rang­ing from ab­stract let­ter­ing to bright and bold il­lus­tra­tions.

Al­ley be­tween Ar­gyle St. and Bute St., en­trance just past the Ar­gyle St. Water­works De­pot (111 Ar­gyle St., Mong Kok).

Seven groups of artists from five coun­tries have brought this ex­hi­bi­tion to PMQ’s (many) stair­wells. The project aims to in­cor­po­rate art into our lives by trans­form­ing stairs—a ba­sic part of our daily com­mutes and an ev­ery­day ne­ces­sity—into a can­vas that pushes us to look at life dif­fer­ently.

Through Apr 30, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., Cen­tral.

You may have al­ready glimpsed Antony Gorm­ley’s Event Hori­zon pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion, which spans all over Hong Kong’s Cen­tral and West­ern dis­tricts and fea­tures copies of the artist’s body stand­ing atop build­ings or at ground level. Gorm­ley wants to en­cour­age us to see the city from a new per­spec­tive— but can you find them all?

Through May 18, Cen­tral and West­ern dis­tricts.

If you’re find­ing this month’s art­works a lit­tle out of your bud­get, save those pen­nies for the Af­ford­able Art Fair in­stead, which re­turns to Hong Kong on May 13-15. It’s one of the best places for the unini­ti­ated and new­bie art lovers to jump into the col­lect­ing game.

af­ford­ableart­fair.com/hongkong.

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