SOHO 189 ART LANE CELEBRATES ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY
HONG KONG ART GALLERY ASSOCIATION PRESENTS “Art Gallery Night”
Monday 20 March, 2017
6pm – 8pm
FEBRUARY 24, 2017 – HONG KONG:SOHO 189 Art Lane is thrilled to celebrate its second anniversary and invites the public to enjoy a special evening of exhibition previews in conjunction with the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association’s “Art Gallery Night” on Monday 20 March, 6pm – 8pm. Four reputed and distinctive Hong Kong galleries - Galerie Huit, Leo Gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries and Puerta Roja - housed in the eponymous building, will present individual exhibitions under one roof of the community and culture hub.
Since its launch in 2015, SOHO 189 Art Lane has been established as one of the most exciting and diverse art destinations in Hong Kong. Located 5 minutes from Central, SOHO 189 Art Lane fuses exhibitions of the highest international standard with the buzz of an eclectic and constantly changing neighbourhood of Sheung Wan. With an annual roster of curated shows, internationally recognized artists and programmes of performances, films and artwork, SOHO 189 Art Lane continues to engage the art-enthusiastic community, locally and beyond.
On this special occasion, the four galleries will present an inspirational and diverse selection of four solo shows by accomplished international artists from China, India and Venezuela. All the works presented by the galleries will be showcased in Hong Kong for the first time.
Galerie Huit presents the solo debut exhibition ‘家 Home’ by Xie Rong, also known as Echo Morgan. Utilising her cultural roots and identity as an artist, Xie presents personal accounts and anecdotes through performances, where she explores the parallels between the complexities of her life and Chinese society, and how they impact ideas of the ‘self’ and the body. The exhibition will consist of large ink paintings made during her inaugural performance ‘I Am A Brush’ (2011) where, appropriating her hair as the brush, and adhering to the calligraphy tradition of writing on a roll of paper, Xie applied broad abstract gestures and marks to an 11m long roll. During the exhibition, the artist will break these down into individual pieces as a metaphor for endings and beginnings, comparing the act of cutting the paper to cutting one’s hair. The exhibition runs 18 March - 20 April, 2017.
‘Tan Ping: The Certainty of Uncertainty’ by Leo Gallery presents an Asia premiere of three works by Tan, a Chinese pioneer of abstract art and currently the Vice President of Chinese National Academy of Arts in Beijing. Going against the logic of multiple perspectives in traditional painting, the artist plays with the uncertainty of how to embed an artwork into a new space, transferring it from the canvas surface to the wall and filling the gallery with abstract elements and live action. This exhibition is curated by Chinese independent curator Huang Du. The exhibition runs 18 March - 4 May, 2017.
Pearl Lam Galleries’ SOHO 189 Art Lane space presents ‘Bread, Circuses & WiFi’, a project by Indian artists Thukral & Tagra. “Bread and Circuses”, aka “panem et circuses”, refers to the Roman practice of providing free wheat to Roman citizens as well as spectacular games and other forms of entertainment as a means of gaining political power. Applying this logic to critique the new art economy, Thukral & Tagra probe the very authority that curates entertainment in spectacular and repeated regular intervals. The work will explore and propose connections between bread, circuses, and WiFi. Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work collaboratively in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, installation, film, and design. They blur the lines between fine art and popular culture, product placement and exhibition design, as well as artistic inspiration and media hype. The exhibition runs 18 March - 12 May, 2017.
Puerta Roja presents ‘Carlos Cruz-Diez: Mastering Colour’, the first solo gallery exhibition in Hong Kong by Franco-Venezuelan artist. Hailed as one of the founders of the Op-Art and Kinetic movements of the 1950s, Cruz-Diez is part of more than 60 major museum collections worldwide and has been well appreciated in the Asia Pacific region since the 1980s, showcasing significant public commissions and exhibitions in Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. With this exhibition, Puerta Roja, introduces some of the most refined works by the artist to the region, capturing over six decades of tireless research into colour, line and perception, as well as experimentation with new materials and technologies which challenge the visitors’ experience of vision and perception. The exhibition runs from 18 March through May 25, as a special project of Le French May programme.
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