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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015

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    Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015
    15.03.2015 - 17.03.2015
Art Faire

Shanghai Gallery of Art will present 'Consume' by Chinese artist Gao Weigang (*1976). A shiny variation on the traditional shipping container, made in stainless steel and titanium and painted gold. Almost everything that makes up daily life today is shipped from across the different corners of the world in containers. Commodities or goods, along with their conveyed information, run in-between human desires, and are then mutually assembled, exchanged or dispersed.

One and J. Gallery from Seoul will present ‘Evermore’ by Korean artist Taeyoon Kim (*1982). The artist reconstitutes patterns and rhythms from everyday life into a system of moving images and sounds that glitter, flicker, appear and disappear allowing the audience to discover and experience new rhythms. The movement of form is determined by customized software that utilizes live data feeds from various internet sources.

Sean Kelly from New York will show ‘Radio Piece’ by Belgian artist David Claerbout (*1969). The video and radio installation is a meditation on physical and mental space, and the relationship between the two in a world where physical space is becoming increasingly scarce. Set in Hong Kong, it depicts a city where mental space has already become the new real estate, literally the space between the two ears. ‘Radio Piece’ begins with a view of a Zen garden; the sound of birds and music can be heard through the headphones. Using a sound recording technology called binaural recording, the device renders an increasingly accurate mental image of a room.

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery from Sydney will present 'Square Cloud Compound' by Australian artist Mikala Dwyer (*1959). Mikala Dwyer’s installations often are mysterious, with weird shifts in scale, precarious construction and mismatched objects. ‘Square Cloud Compound’ raises the artist’s interest in magic and parallel worlds to new levels. The central structure is created from squares of colored fabric; a floppy Constructivist enclosure held up by stockings stretched to breaking point. The prison-striped poles that stretch the stockings play several different roles – at once lampposts, totems, and gallows. However, they also add a creepy human presence to the installation, like capricious guards engaged in an act of stretchy torture.

On the third level, Arndt from Singapore and Berlin will present Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho (*1977) at Encounters, who came to maturity during the period of upheaval and reform that occurred in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the subsequent fall of the Suharto regime and the transition to democracy in Indonesia. Deeply engaged with the culture of his time and committed to making socio-political commentary in his work, Eko Nugroho's works are grounded in both local traditions and global popular culture: traditional batik and embroidery styles as well as contemporary street art, graffiti and comics. Made especially for the show, and consisting of life-size bronze sculptures and embroidered tapestries, 'Lot Lost' reflects on the current situation of his society. It criticizes the publicly circulating messages of the people in power; hypocritical and intolerant messages that intimidate and manipulate, silence democracy and cause corruption to spread.

Kukje Gallery from Seoul and Tina Kim Gallery from New York will jointly show South Korean artist Lee Ufan (*1936). Combining strong elements of traditional Asian aesthetics and philosophy, ‘Relatum’ is an iconic sculpture based on just two elements, rock and steel, installed in exquisite balance. River rocks, hand selected by the artist, are placed adjacent to a steel plate that is delicately balanced on the wall, defying its enormous weight. This juxtaposition of nature and industry succinctly summarizes the simple yet powerful binary relationships that are at the crux of the artist’s practice: form versus emptiness, visual movement versus stasis, and being versus non-being.

Another collaboration, Hopkinson Mossman from Auckland and RaebervonStenglin from Zurich will show a new work by New Zealand artist Dane Mitchell (*1976). 'Fourfold Threshold' is a large floor-based sculpture accompanied by four banner-like ink jet prints on silk of the artist's hand in different poses, depicting hand gestures that according to various mystical belief systems are thought to, with practice, activate certain magical powers.

Gagosian Gallery will present ‘Black Stoves’, 2014, by American artist Sterling Ruby (*1972). Over the past several years, Sterling Ruby has collected and assembled a series of pot-bellied stoves in his studio in Los Angeles. Some stoves were traditional cast iron wood stoves such as those found in mountain cabins or farmhouses. Some were barrel stoves assembled from mail order kits. This led to an edition of fully functional stoves of the artist’s own design.

Osage Gallery from Hong Kong will present ‘Wood Block’ by the Chinese artist Zhao Zhao (*1982). ‘Wood Block’ is assembled from over one hundred woodblocks salvaged from a defunct Italian furniture manufacturer in Shanghai. The woodblocks originally formed the ‘negatives’ of luxury furniture for those who could afford it in China. Rescued from their abandonment, Zhao Zhao had them sanded and polished. Now liberated from subservience to the furniture, the blocks assume their own identity, symbolizing both a moment in the industrial past and a strange sculptural object of the present.

  • 15.03.2015 - 17.03.2015
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    Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

    Preview (by invitation only)
    Friday, March 13, 2015, 6pm to 9pm
    Saturday, March 14, 2015, 12 noon to 4pm
    Sunday, March 15, 2015, 12 noon to 1pm
    Vernissage (by invitation only)
    Saturday, March 14, 2015, 4pm to 9pm

    Public Days
    Sunday, March 15, 2015, 1pm to 8pm
    Monday, March 16, 2015, 12 noon to 8pm
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 12 noon to 5pm

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