「走近 – 荷李活道」以當代藝術介入古董店的日常環境和運作，塑造一場歷史與現代、藝術與工藝的對話。五位參展藝術家對古董及舊物收藏各具見解，研究和切入角度各有不同。
“Up Close – Hollywood Road” is an exhibition that uses contemporary art as a means to intervene in 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 five participating artists of the show have different takes on collecting antiques and old objects and approach it from their own points of view.
The newly created artworks are shown at different antique galleries. Among the artists exhibiting at GALLERY149, Leelee Chan explores the connection between the archaeology of the past and her own archaeology of the present by incorporating ancient ceramic shards in her work; another set of smaller sculptures connects ancient and modern elements by combining present-day natural and ready-made objects with fragments of pottery figures dating from the Northern Wei to Tang Dynasty.
At Bonnie Lai Antiquities, a gallery specialised in ancient Chinese funerary art, Oscar Chan Yik Long uses the medium of video to examine his relationships with his partner and his mother. As a work of autofiction, it combines real and fictional elements. Seen in a gallery dedicated to funerary objects, his video takes on a new meaning, and the otherworldly figures in it begin to engage in a conversation with their ancient counterparts.
For Hon Ming Gallery, a gallery specialised in Ming-dynasty furniture, Lam Tung Pang has created a site-specific installation that was inspired by a book from the same period, “The Tale of Red Whisk”. To Lam, the dynamic between the love story’s characters is mirrored in the present-day relationship between collectors and antique objects.
For GALLERY149 and Hon Ming Gallery, Lau Hok Shing has created 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.
Bing Lee’s works at Wing Hing Co play with cultural codes and explore questions of meaning and myth. Assembled from everyday materials and found items, Lee’s pieces are part of an imaginary collection, the “Museum of Obscure Objects”. Displayed next to the antiques, the artist’s objects make for fascinating comparisons. They not only challenge our ideas of authenticity and collecting but also uncover how our perception is shaped by cultural context.
By showing contemporary art that is known for its progressive nature and unique appeal, the curators of the exhibition invite the public audience to visit the antique shops on Hollywood Road that seem at once familiar and remote to them. The audience will also learn more about this iconic community of the creative industry in Hong Kong by discovering the charm of antique collecting.
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走近 – 荷李活道
Up Close – Hollywood Road
2020.5.30 – 7.18
Mondays to Saturdays 12:00 – 17:00
乾馨唐 Bonnie Lai Antiquities, 如壹藝術館 GALLERY149,
瀚明 Hon Ming Gallery, 永興行 Wing Hing Co
Source: Up Close Hollywood Road