JPS畫廊策劃由新晉藝術家李思汝（Afa Annfa)、林輝（Chino Lam）和街頭藝術傳奇Cope2在置地廣塲中庭BELOWGROUND聯⼿展出的「逆時⾞站」。與此同時，位於置地廣塲⼆樓的JPS畫廊也會展出Cope2的個⼈展覽，向塗鴉界⿁才Cope2致敬，肯定他把街頭藝術帶入主流藝術的成就。
JPS Art Gallery presents a crossover project titled “Time Travel” with BELOWGROUND featuring the works of two rising local artists, Afa Annfa, Chino Lam, and street art legend, Cope2. The show is presenting in tandem with the solo exhibition of Cope2, on view in the gallery’s location in LANDMARK, complimenting the oeuvre of the artist.
The exhibition is a celebration of street culture and its legacy. Inspired by the concept of the 1980s cinematic classic Somewhere in Time, where the main character travelled back in time with the right environment and mentality, the exhibition sets the scene for meditation, allowing the audience to travel back in time. The modern subway doors act as the portal of time that brings the audience back to the late 1980s, a golden age of street art in New York City, a time when Cope2 and his crew were bombing the streets and the subways of the city with their distinctive tags and graffiti.
The seven large-scale collaborative paintings and murals set in the station symbolize the unity of the two generations. The collaborative works feature the artists’ distinctive styles, incorporating Afa’s delicate artistic language and Chino’s signature character, Jiro, with the virtuoso graffiti of Cope2. With their contemporary expressions, Afa and Chino reimagine this epoch in history and view it in the light of today’s context. The shift in time and environment represents the rapid development of street art and the popularization of the subculture as well as its international influence. The exhibition also features Afa’s reinterpretation of the original movie poster Somewhere in Time in her signature figurative painting, echoing the narrative of the show.
The artistic oeuvres of Afa and Chino are influenced by popular and street culture. Their enigmatic cross medium and discipline works challenge the canonical art historical codes and conventions, pushing boundaries and reworking traditions, echoing the rebellious spirit and defiant attitude of street art. By bringing artists of the different generations in concert, the exhibition is a salutation to the pinnacle point of the graffiti boom while breathing new life into the art form.
Cope2 x Afa Annfa x Chino Lam
2021.3.18 – 5.16
BELOW-GROUND, Basement, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Image courtesy of JPS Art Gallery and the artists