Art Central

24 - 28 March 2021
Central Harborfront
Hong Kong

PROJECTS

Art Central’s Public Art sector, PROJECTS, presents a curated selection of thought-provoking, large-scale installations situated throughout the Fair.

  • 2019 PROJECTS

    PROJECTS 2019

    Curated by Ying Kwok, PROJECTS 2019 provided Art Central with a platform to support the presentation of contemporary art with aspirations of scale and non-traditional approaches.

    Seungean Cha​ (South Korea)

    Triple Twill Triptych, presented by Atelier Aki

    Korean artist Seungean Cha creates paintings through a weaving method, in reference to Korean and Western modern abstract work. The newly commissioned work to be shown at Art Central is deeply entwined with the idea of time and progress – through the act of weaving, the theme of ‘arranging the time’ is realised by the artist, with the next step of the process not able to happen without observing the time needed to complete the previous one. With the features of her work being both textiles and paintings, these contrasting characteristics allow her to contemplate relationships between painting and weaving, visual representation and tactile existence, and ideas and substance. Cha sees her work as an opportunity to rearrange the tangled time and experiences of the past in conjunction with the present.

    Lê Giang​​ (Vietnam)

    Phản Niệm, presented by Vin Gallery

    A traditional building from ancient Vietnam, the đình is a public space for worshipping and communal gatherings. Using the same architectural methods as traditional craftsmen, emerging young artist Lê Giang has recreated four sculptural replications, each holding important values from the Lê dynasty. The corner object, decorated with typical đình motifs, evokes a sense of spatiality found particularly in this traditional architecture, while the altar placed in the center embodies the spiritual core of the structure.  The scroll ornament engraved with the words “Phản Niệm” proposes a variety of associations and underlying questions: Is this a reflection of a memory, or a statement against the idea of conceptualism?

    Angela Yuen​ (Hong Kong)

    City Rhapsody – Project Roseate, presented by Contemporary by Angela Li

    Hong Kong artist Angela Yuen’s art practise focuses on urban culture; a tangible expression of the disappearing city’s values and the local cityscape. Angela looks to explore the correlation between urban development and the city’s value via the mediums of installation and photography. City Rhapsody – Project Roseate is an imaginary skyline made from locally sourced manufacturing objects, each marking a significant era from Hong Kong’s manufacturing past in the 1950s and 60s. Using plastic toys, the artist has constructed a series of “dreamscapes” – a fantasy homeland that people from that time may have visualised. The spinning sculpture, meanwhile, resembles the once-endless sprawl, and the motion of spinning is a metaphor of the city’s dynamic movement. The closer people engage with the city, the more complex and dynamic it becomes.

    Cheuk Wing Nam​ (Hong Kong)

    AK7 shou3, presented by Contemporary by Angela Li

    Hong Kong interdisciplinary artist Cheuk Wing Nam incorporates new elements into a site-specific reworking of the audience participatory Ak7 shou3, an installation comprised of a violin, a cello, cassette players and speakers. With sensors attached to the edge of the installation, sound will be emitted as members of the audience approach the work. Each subtle interaction will influence the delicate balance between the string instruments and the tape, revealing the interrelationship between past, present and future. Cheuk Wing Nam is devoted to developing new concepts by mixing sound and other media with modern computer technology in her art, with an interest to demonstrate the relationships between light and shadow, and between sound and space.

    PHUNK​ (Singapore)

    HOPE, ROCK, KISS, LIVE, presented by Art Seasons

    HOPE, ROCK, KISS, LIVE, presented by Singapore-based contemporary art and design collective PHUNK, aims to evoke positive emotions about the current state of the world, which is filled with uncertainties brought about by technological disruption, climate change, social inequality and political injustice. The artwork is formed by the changing appearance of street posters, where the peeled off layers reveal the impermanence of current events. The aftermath of the paper tears serves as a memorial to the past, and a reminder to embrace change as a renewal of the human spirit.

    Heri Dono​ (Indonesia)

    Smiling Angels from the Sky, presented by The Collumns Gallery

    Smiling Angels from the Sky is an installation by renowned Indonesian artist Heri Dono. Known for his characteristic merging of contemporary influences with traditional and folkloric elements, Heri Dono represented Indonesia in the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 and his works have been acquired by major institutions such as the Deutsche Guggenheim, the Fukuoka Art Museum, the Singapore Art Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Tropenmuseum, among others. A recurring element of Heri Dono’s work, the angels are unrelated to any particular religion but are a symbol of the ethereal spirit. 

    In this iconic configuration, Heri Dono’s smiling angels represent enthusiasm in facing the future. The angels who come from the sky are a symbol of the discourse of life, where imagination, fantasy, dreams inspire the building a noble life, culture and civilization for humans and the wider universe; bringing ‘Chakra’ energy from the gods, the fire of life.

    About the Curator, Ying Kwok

    Ying Kwok is an independent curator based in Hong Kong. She works independently with a diverse range of art and cultural institutions nationally and internationally, from artist’s initiatives, art festivals, to public museums and the commercial sector. Her research-based curating often synthesizes different art forms in contemporary visual art, from site specific commissions, performances, to film and video. Kwok has been the curator for Contagious Cities: Far Away, too Close for Tai Kwun Contemporary and Wellcome Trust, the lead curator of LOOK International Photography Festival 2017, and guest curator at M+ for Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief as Hong Kong presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale. Before embarking on her independent career, Kwok was the curator at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester UK, between 2006 and 2012.

    Apart from curating, Kwok also founded Art Appraisal Club with a group of local art professionals in 2014, in order to encourage critical thinking and initiating effective art discussions in Hong Kong. The group provides regular exhibition reviews and their articles are published in magazines, various cultural networks and their own bilingual journal, Art Review Hong Kong.

  • 2018 PROJECTS

    PROJECTS 2018

    In 2018, PROJECTS featured two important facets of contemporary art practice: progressive mediums such as technology, augmented reality and kinetic art, alongside insightful historical and cultural narratives. Curated by Ying Kwok.

    Yang Jung Uk (South Korea)

    Scenery of Dialogue, presented by Gallery Hyundai

    Yang Jung Uk is primarily recognised for his kinetic sculptures, that seeks to formatively unravel the rhythms and sequences of daily life. Yang’s work consists of lyrical texts derived from his personal experiences, which are transformed into kinetic sculptures made of wood, thread and other materials. Repetitive kinetic elements — from motors and LED lights within the sculptures — realise and reflect the narrative texts that accompany each of his works.  “Scenery of Dialogue” – a special commission for Art Central – is the artist’s first ever mobile work, creating kinetic movement without the use of electrical power.

    Wong Jun On (Malaysia)

    Shanzhai Chandelier, presented by Richard Koh Fine Art

    Wong Jun On is an architect and artist, his cross disciplinary practice explores the boundaries of light art. Straddling applied and fine art, he is known for producing large-scale structural light installations that explores the relationships between mass production and human interactions. In this work LED light components come together to echo the classical form of an European chandelier. Where precious stones were once used to reflect candle light, LED pixels now create artificial illumination, a metaphor of the blurring boundaries between luxury and the mass produced.

    Andrea Wolf (Chilie) and Karolina Ziulkoski (Brazil)

    Future Past News, presented by Isabel Croxatto Galerie

    This work is a collaborative project by Andrea Wolf and Karolina Ziulkoski, employing augmented reality technology, the work seeks to expose the disturbing parallels between current global affairs and the pre-war turmoil of 1937. The installation situates the viewer in a 1937 living room, where the focal point is a television set playing archive news footage from the period. The newsreel ends with an ominous message of reading “in the hands of these five men rested the destiny of the world: Mikado, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.“ Viewers are invited to review the newsreel through an iPad, programmed with an augmented reality app. The news of 1937 is eerily layered and juxtaposed with present day news, striking a disconcerting parallel.

    Zhang Xiaodong (China)

    Dream of The Red Chamber, presented by Sin Sin Fine Art

    Zhang Xiaodong is known for reviving the lost and ancient Chinese technique of Dragon-Scale binding. Zhang is the first individual to revive this intricate method, and will present an exemplary artwork in PROJECTS. Taking over four years to complete the process, Zhang employs his innovative accordion-dragon scale binding technique to present “Dream of the Red Chamber”, widely recognised as one of the four great novels of classical Chinese literature. Audiences of Art Central are invited to rediscover the cornerstone of Chinese culture, reinterpreted through the contemporary lens.

    Penelope Davis (Australia)

    Sea-Change, presented by MARS Gallery

    Entang Wiharso (Indonesia)

    I want to Live 100 Hundred Years: After Agreement, presented by Marc Straus

    About the Curator, Ying Kwok

    Ying Kwok is an independent curator based in Hong Kong. She works independently with a diverse range of art and cultural institutions nationally and internationally, from artist’s initiatives, art festivals, to public museums and the commercial sector. Her research-based curating often synthesizes different art forms in contemporary visual art, from site specific commissions, performances, to film and video. Kwok has been the curator for Contagious Cities: Far Away, too Close for Tai Kwun Contemporary and Wellcome Trust, the lead curator of LOOK International Photography Festival 2017, and guest curator at M+ for Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief as Hong Kong presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale. Before embarking on her independent career, Kwok was the curator at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester UK, between 2006 and 2012.

     

    Apart from curating, Kwok also founded Art Appraisal Club with a group of local art professionals in 2014, in order to encourage critical thinking and initiating effective art discussions in Hong Kong. The group provides regular exhibition reviews and their articles are published in magazines, various cultural networks and their own bilingual journal, Art Review Hong Kong.

  • 2017 PROJECTS

    PROJECTS 2017

    Curated by Jims Lam Chi Hang, former associate curator at Para Site, PROJECTS celebrates large-scale contemporary installations and interventions that showcase works made distinctive raw materials.

    Glen Hayward (New Zealand)

    Everyday People, presented by PAULNACHE

    Everyday People is a large-scale, site specific installation by New Zealand-born sculptor Glen Hayward, of over 1000+ hand carved rusty nails (created from wood and paint) inserted directly into a feature wall at Art Central. Inspired by the dichotomy of Hong Kong’s national identity, the artist plays on the notion of the individual versus the collective. Over a thousand wooden nails scattered across a wall carry their individual marking but are also part of a larger collective. The choice of material contradicts the inherent qualities of the depicted object; questioning the values of one’s portrayed identity.

    Simon Pericich (Australia)

    !!!ALL TOGETHER NOW!!!, presented by MARS Gallery

    !!!ALL TOGETHER NOW!!! is a site specific installation made from melted plastic garbage bags, coated in glitter. Contrary to its inexpensive and hollow material existence, the installation asserts a grandiose and ominous presence. Simon Pericich’s practice explores dystopic visions of the future, apocalyptic ideas and what he has described as the “hilariously doomed nature of humanity”. Positioned right at the Fair entrance, the installation welcomes visitors with a critique of the commercial art landscape.

    Tang Jie (China)

    Stone Story, presented by Line Gallery

    Having grown up in the countryside of Hunan Province, the artist yearns for the natural environment in the midst of a buzzing metropolis. He seeks to achieve this dynamic by incorporating natural and industrial elements in his works and the Fair provides a perfect setting. He believes that the object themselves are “story tellers”. In Stone Story, he integrates objects of opposing characters to explore the natural principles of life and the universe together with the viewer.

    Hannah Quinlivan (Australia)

    Estuary, presented by .M Contemporary

    Inspired by Henri Lefebvre’s Rythmanalysis, Quinlivan will use ephemeral spatial drawing to apprehend and intervene in the rhythms of urban life and capture the dynamism of the Fair. The artist will develop the artwork in two stages where she will first install the mesh of wire and nylon component prior to the Fair opening. She will then spend the duration of the art fair to complete the salt component of the drawing in a manner that responds to the first phase of the installation and to the energy and flux of bodies in motion at Art Central. This dialectical performance approach constitutes a response to the Fair itself, its temporalities, its flows and its spaces.

    Santi Wangchuan (Singapore)

    Auba, presented by Yeo Workshop

    Thai artist, Santi Wangchuan introduces elements of his hometown culture and lifestyle in a large-scale installation consisting of three intricately woven “Auba” garlands approximately 10 meters tall. These garlands are monumental structures made by different villages to honour the Buddha during special festivals in Thailand. The installation, using rope, thread and fiber, will reinterpret this unique culture of the E-sarn region.

    Yu Youhan (China)

    Mosaic, presented by Rén Space

    For Art Central 2017, Rén Space will showcase a new masterpiece by Yu Youhan. The work is a culmination of his exploration with old materials and new techniques that presents his artistic expression in the largest scale to date. Yu Youhan is a revered and pioneering first generation contemporary Chinese artist who is widely considered as the father of abstract paintings and political pop in China.

  • 2016 PROJECTS

    PROJECTS 2016

    In 2016, PROJECTS will introduce six large-scale installations and spatial interventions that challenge the confines of the traditional art fair booth.

    The Project included Thomas Canto’s Suspended Landscape (2016, Opera Gallery, Hong Kong), Locust Jones’Back to Dark Ages (2015/16, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney), Henry Hussey’s Locking Horns(2015, Coates and Scarry, London), Peter Adsett’s Wall Hang(2016, PAULNACHE, Gisborne), Yoshitomo Nara’s Puff Marshie(2003, Whitestone Gallery,Hong Kong) and Lan Zhenghui’s Untitled(2016, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York).

    Thomas Canto

    Suspended Landscape, presented by Opera Gallery

    Suspended Landscape is a site-specific installation that synthesizes Canto’s signature graffiti style with radical Constructivism and the kinetic effects of Op Art.

    Peter Adsett

    Wall Hang, presented by PAULNACHE

    Wall hang is a site-specific installation by New Zealand-born artist Peter Adsett, which presents the viewer with a playful meditation on the complicity between abstract painting and architecture. Whilst decorative in its form, Wall hang aims to rejoin shapes and materials within the space in a way that is reminiscent of trompe l’oeil fresco painting. 

    Henry Hussey

    Locking Horns (Part of the series of works Reliquaries), presented by Coates and Scarry

    This installation is the conclusion of a body of work which Hussey began in 2013,which draws inspiration from Brugel’s epic narrative based paintings and centers on taking control of circumstances that have shaped Hussey’s life.

    Locust Jones

    Back to the Dark Ages, presented by Dominik Mersch Gallery

    An ambitious, large scale hanging scroll, the piece investigates issues of contemporary politics through large-scale panoramic sheets of paper with text-based imagery and expressive, scrawled drawings furthering his exploration of the themes in his solo show ‘Screenshots’ at Dominik Mersch Gallery (Sydney) in 2015.

    Yoshitomo Nara

    Puff Marshie (HIROSAKI VERSION), presented by Whitestone Gallery

    Lan Zhenghui

    Ink Moument, presented by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts

  • 2015 PROJECTS

    PROJECT 2015

    In 2015, PROJECTS presented 5 ambitious, large-scale installations throughout the fair.

    Li Hui

    The Bridge, presented by PARKVIEW ART HONG KONG

    Chinese art star Li Hui is represented in Art Central’s Projects sector with his monumental sculpture, The Bridge. The 13m long and 6.5m high stainless steel work is a commentary on war and peace.

    Jeffrey Gibson

    What we Want, What we need, presented by Marc Straus

    American artist Jeffrey Gibson has created a new body of work for Art Central’s Projects sector, continuing the use of his signature intricate beaded work, inspired by his Native American ancestry.

    Taylor Kuffner

    Kebangkitan (The Red Birds), presented by Sundaram Tagore

    American multimedia artist Taylor Kuffner presents a new work in his Gamelatron series entitled Kebangkitan (The Red Birds). The work is made of mechanized Indonesian gongs called gamelons, and shows Kuffner’s talent as a composer as well as visual artist. This work will be enjoyed by diners in Art Central’s pop-up restaurant and bar, The Continental.

    Stella Zhang

    0-Viewpoint-6, presented by Galerie Du Monde

    Critically acclaimed for her multimedia art, Stella Zhang engages with concepts of femininity, sexuality and the status quo in her practice. Commissioned for the occasion, Zhang will create an allencompassing hand-sewn installation as a major public project at the first edition of Art Central. Zhang was born in China, but now lives and works in the US.

    Lan Zhenghui

    Re-think, presented by Ethan Cohen New York

    Rising Chinese ink painter Lan Zhenghui will debut a new series of monumental ink paintings at Art Central in a sitespecific installation.

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