23 – 26 MARCH 2021
HONG KONG CONVENTION &
EXHIBITION CENTRE

Sculpture & Installation Projects

A platform for immersive and interactive spatial interventions, Art Central’s Projects sector presents opportunities for galleries to present site-specific installations and sculpture in curated public spaces within the Fair.

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.

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

Penelope Davis uses the detritus of contemporary technologies – including electrical cords, computer parts, packaging scraps, plastic bottles and other waste – combined with organic source materials such as leaves and seaweed to create hybrid forms that resemble plausible but mutant jellyfish. Davis directly entwines references to human consumption in an urban world to natural forms to envision a delicate balance. The work reflects on, and embodies, an intimate attempt to recuperate and draw appreciation for the natural world and our symbiotic relationship to its future. 

Entang Wiharso (Indonesia)

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

I Want to Live 100 Hundred Years: After Agreement is the expressions of Entang Wiharso’s dream to create a better and more peaceful future for children. The artist’s project is an emotional, personal reflection on mass-shootings in schools, and is a memorial for those innocent children and for all people facing violence. The figures are bound together through an intersecting network, showing the essential but vulnerable connections that exist between parents and children. 

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.

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.

About the Curator, Jims Lam Chi Hang

Jims Lam Chi Hang is an artist, curator, producer and former Head of Production and Associate Curator at Para Site, one of the leading independent art institutions in Asia. In 2015, Lam curated an exhibition Imagine there’s no country, Above us only our cities which attracted critical acclaim with its inquiry into the notion of individual identity, within the context of nationalism and geographical boundaries. Lam trained at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University and won the prestigious Hong Kong Art Prize in 2013.

PROJECTS 2016

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

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

Rendered in simple linearity that embodies the arresting sentiment of childhood, Nara’s Puff Marshie is a classic example of the artists’s three-dimensional works.
The work portrays the head of a girl with the form inspired by that of a cream puff. She is filled of marshmallow sweetness and softness. Her big eyes are wide open but not betraying any of her thoughts. Nara’s work challenges the world of grown-ups, and embraces the anxiety and intensity that define existence at any age. 

Lan Zhenghui

Ink Monument, presented by Ethan Cohen Fine Arts

Lan Zhenghui, one of China’s leading contemporary artists, is renowned for taking the freehand strokes of traditional Chinese painting to electrifying new levels by infusing them with the abstractions and expressiveness found in modern painting. In this monumental installation, Lan translates the challenge of dimension into the necessary sense of space, to then construct a dignified phenomenon of transcending tragedy, representing the mortality we all face. 

PROJECTS 2015

Our inaugural edition welcomed five ambitious, large-scale installations. 

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.