In recent years, Hong Kong has endured numerous hardships, especially the worldwide pandemic that keeps us in homes and isolates us from the outside world. Japanese artist Aya Takano’s paintings of Hong Kong remind us of comparatively happier and normal lives of past times. Perrotin Hong Kong presents a solo exhibition by Takano which captures Hong Kong’s landscape, cultures, and uniqueness by the concoction of colors and fantasy in ten oiled paintings and twenty-four papered drawings.
Her incarnation of Hong Kong shows her intimate affection for the city of Hong Kong. Local characteristics and culture are highlighted through her drawings of ethereal characters and vibrant landscapes. Her Superflat approach in portraying the characters adds to the fantasticality and dreaminess in her style, from the animated huge eyes to delicate thin limbs. The characters are all doing mundane everyday activities against the precisely detailed and intricate backgrounds, such as deciding which goldfish to take home from little plastic bags; or gathering coins with friends for the tram fare before dropping off.
The dreamy characters are presented in an unearthly and magical manner where they can float and fly in familiar places. Takano created a wonderland where we defy the laws of gravity, with hair and clothes swaying in the light breeze, under the radiant blue sky.
beginning, liminal, ego
Presented by Perrotin 貝浩登
Time: Tuesday to Saturday 11:00-19:00
香港尖沙咀梳士巴利道18號K11 ATELIER Victoria Dockside807室
807, K11 ATELIER Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Image Courtesy of Perrotin and the artist