POST­CARDS FROM THE EDGE

Sharmila Ra­jah ex­plores the art scenes across the re­gion.

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TOKYO

WHERE TO GO: SCAI The Bath­house is one of Tokyo’s most pres­ti­gious con­tem­po­rary art gal­leries. The 200-year-old bath house was trans­formed into a white-walled art space and now houses a kalei­do­scope of art works from sur­re­al­ist paint­ings to dig­i­tal LED in­stal­la­tions. Kashi­wayu- Ato, 6-1-23 Yanaka, Taito-ku. Tel: +81 3 3821 1144. ARTIST TO NOTE: Misaki Kawai plays with geom­e­try, pat­tern, and plenty of bright colours to cre­ate mind-blow­ing paint­ings of weightlift­ing ro­bots and surf­ing oc­topi. Her works clev­erly blend child­like im­agery with out­ra­geously bizarre hu­mour.

BEI­JING

WHERE TO GO: Alexan­der Ochs Gal­leries Ber­lin fo­cuses on Asian, mostly Chi­nese, con­tem­po­rary artists such as Miao Xiaochun, Yang Shaobin, and Yin Xi­uzhen. Founded by Ger­man gal­lerist Alexan­der Ochs, the gallery also rep­re­sents in­ter­na­tional Euro­pean artists. 255 Caochangdi, Air­port Ser­vice Road, Chaoyang Dis­trict, Bei­jing. Tel: +86 10 8456 2054. RIS­ING STAR: Bei­jing loves the young and dy­namic Liu Shiyuan. Her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion in May en­ti­tled, ‘The Edge of Vi­sion, Or the Edge of the Earth’, in­volved in­stal­la­tions of bright im­ages of flow­ers, fruit, jewellery, and per­form­ers.

MUM­BAI

WHERE TO GO: Chat­ter­jee & Lal fills its com­pact space with cut­ting edge works that push the bound­aries of con­tem­po­rary art. Ex­pect ex­cit­ing dis­plays by per­for­mance artist Nikhil Cho­pra, pho­tog­ra­pher Nasreen Mo­hamedi, Mi­nam Apang’s vi­brant ink-based works, and Aditya Pande’s com­puter-gen­er­ated scrib­bles. 01/18 Kamal Ma­hal, Arthur Bun­der Road, Co­laba, Mum­bai. Tel: +91 22 2202 3787. ARTIST TO NOTE: Nikhil Cho­pra is a mas­ter of cross-dis­ci­plinary works, nav­i­gat­ing with ease through draw­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, film­mak­ing, sculp­ture, in­stal­la­tion, and live per­for­mance. Cho­pra of­ten draws from per­sonal his­tory, and has shown ex­ten­sively in­ter­na­tion­ally.

HONG KONG

WHERE TO GO: 2P Con­tem­po­rary Art houses the works of lo­cal artists. Think per­for­mance artist Mor­gan Wong, mul­ti­me­dia and in­stal­la­tion artists Mag­dalen Wong and Wun Ting Wendy Tai, and Cana­dian-based tal­ent Will Kwan. Shop 5, GF Poga Build­ing, 6-20 Po Tuck Street, Sai Ying Pun. Tel: +852 2803 2151. NEW ME­DIA ARTIST: Hung Ke­ung is noted for his knack of ex­plor­ing hu­man lim­i­ta­tions through in­ter­ac­tive and mov­ing dig­i­tal im­ages; he fa­mously ma­nip­u­lates tech­nol­ogy to en­gage and hu­mour through his films, videos, and new me­dia art.

Chat­ter­jee & Lal, Mum­bai

SCAI The Bath­house, Tokyo

Plane Bat, acrylic on cot­ton, 168cm x 238cm x 4.5cm, 2012, Yusuke Ko­muta

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