Guil­laume Cor­net

“Ele­phants in Hong Kong” (2016)

HK Magazine - - COVER STORY -

French artist Guil­laume Cor­net al­ways wanted to visit Hong Kong—but his draw­ings made it here be­fore he did.

HK Magazine: Tell us about “Ele­phants in Hong Kong.” Guil­laume Cor­net: The “Ele­phants in Hong Kong” se­ries was cre­ated as I was re­search­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural as­pects of Hong Kong. I drew one build­ing at a time, com­bin­ing real ref­er­ences with my own cre­ated in­ter­pre­ta­tions of sky­scrapers and res­i­den­tial build­ings.

HK: What’s Hong Kong in your eyes?

GC: I haven’t ac­tu­ally been to Hong Kong yet so these paint­ings are based on pho­to­graphic re­search and dis­cus­sions that I have had. But in my eyes it’s a city that seems to have every­thing. There is fas­ci­nat­ing ar­chi­tec­ture in such densely pop­u­lated ar­eas, yet it’s so green and sur­rounded by wa­ter. HK: What do the ele­phants rep­re­sent?

GC: The ele­phants rep­re­sent my in­ner child, the joy of life and free­dom. They are so big and pow­er­ful that they make the world look small. When you are draw­ing in the minia­ture scale I draw in, the larger size of the ele­phants means that I can still in­clude great fea­tures.

HK: How do you see Hong Kong in your art?

GC: Look­ing from afar, from pho­tos and de­scrip­tions, I have only fo­cused my at­ten­tion on the ar­chi­tec­ture and trans­port used in Hong Kong. But look­ing into the neon sig­nage, street food ven­dors, street es­ca­la­tors, thou­sands of AC units, hang­ing bird cages… I have only started to por­tray Hong Kong. There is so much more I would like to de­velop—such as the cul­ture, smells and noises.

Meet Cor­net at the “Ele­phants in Hong Kong” open­ing on Mar 18, 7pm. Ex­hi­bi­tion runs through Apr 20 at Odd One Out, G/F, 14 St Fran­cis St., Wan Chai.

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