The Soul in Nature
Inspired by the wisdom and philosophy embodied within Chinese Ming furniture, local artist, Chantal Fok, investigates the relationship between people and nature through a series of works motivated by social and personal events.
Chantal graduated with a Master of Arts in Fine Arts in CUHK. She participated in various joint exhibitions locally and internationally, and obtained several awards.
Up Close Hollywood Road II
Jointly organised by the Nan Fung Group and curator MUSTHAVEKEYS, “Up Close – Hollywood Road II” will run in five venues, including four iconic antique galleries along Hollywood Road, and in Nan Fung Place in Sheung Wan, reinterpreting and liberating age-old objects from their original status.
The exhibition is an extension of the first exhibition in 2020, introduce the integration of history and modernity as well as art and craftsmanship to revitalise the public’s impression of antiques and inspire new thinking about art and the community. The material used in the works, some of which are residues from manufacturing processes, will reveal the value of old objects and the right attitude to process them to highlight the concept of sustainability.
The six participating Hong Kong artists and creative units: Leelee Chan, Lau Hok Shing, Sammi Mak, Wilson Shieh, Morgan Wong and YanYan restructure, reinterpret, and liberate age-old objects from their original status, to reveal the relationship between antiques and the modern-day community through their artwork and design.
Up Close - Hollywood Road I
Curated by Hilda Chan and Iven Cheung, “Up Close – Hollywood Road” is a group exhibition that uses contemporary art as a means to intervene the everyday environment and operation of antique shops, thereby creating a dialogue between history and modern times as well as art and traditional craft. The participating artists of the show have different takes on collecting antiques and approach it from their own points of view. Two renowned local artists, Lam Tung Pang and Lau Hok Shing, have produced site-specific works for Hon Ming Gallery.
Lam Tung Pang has created an installation that was inspired by the Ming furniture at Hon Ming. Drawing from the love story of the Ming dynasty “The Tale of Red Whisk”, Lam believes the lost- and-found dynamic in a romantic relationship is mirrored in the present-day relationship between collectors and antique objects.
Lau Hok Shing produced a series of sculptures modelled after scholar’s rocks and other collectibles treasured by Ming and Qing Dynasty literati. Despite being inspired by century-old objects, Lau’s work betrays an acute awareness of Hong Kong’s current situation.
Other parts of the exhibition are showcased in three other antique galleries of different disciplines along Hollywood Road.
Across the Continents: Nothing Special
As we continue to reflect on how the present day has been transformed by the pandemic, the exhibition “Across the continents: Nothing Special”, a crossover between African and Chinese art, highlights the unconscious overlooking of the essentials and beauty in our daily life.
The presentation juxtaposes contemporary oil paintings from Moroccan artist Nouiri Mohamed and Chinese Ming furniture from the 17th century. The works create a dialogue between simplicity and richness; restraint and boldness, yet share a sense of harmony and devotion to skills from both cultures.