Interview: Affordable Art Fair fair director, Stephanie Kelly
For its fifth edition, the Affordable Art Fair is showcasing the works of 1,000 artists from more than 110 galleries, all available for between $1,000 and $100,000. We chat with fair director Stephanie Kelly about what’s new at this year’s event.
Interview: Joan Cornellà on his new Hong Kong-themed exhibition
A face emerging from a person’s rear end. A gun on the end of a selfie stick pointing at the photographer. A man smiling as death and destruction takes place in the background. These are just typical images in the comics and illustrations of Joan Cornellà. The Barcelona-based cartoonist shot to fame when he began posting his works on Facebook in 2013, subsequently garnering four and a half million followers worldwide for his dark yet hilarious illustrations dealing with subjects like sex and violence.After a hugely successful debut in Hong Kong last year where there were hour-long queues to get into his self-titled show, Cornellà has created 38 new works based on his experiences in our SAR. Expect to see a darker side of our culture and society at his exhibition, especially relating to issues like cage homes and the selfie culture. We chat with the Spanish artist about the freedom comics provide and why Hongkongers absolutely must come to the show...Did you always want to be an artist growing up? When I was a child, I was the kid everyone asked for drawings. I didn’t have the chance to think to myself, “I don't want to be an artist, I want to be something else, like have a career in medicine.” Which was fine. If you have some talent, if you are good at something, that’s the way to go. If you’re good at something you should grab hold of it. Who would you say are your influences and inspirations? It’s difficult, there’re always a lot of things that inspire my work. I would say
Interview: Russell Howard on his new tour and why it’s a fascinating time to be a comedian
Russell Howard is one of the biggest names in British comedy. From the huge popularity of his topical comedy show Russell Howard’s Good News and his various appearances on panel shows to his numerous sold out tours, the Bristol-born comedian has been dominating the British comedy circuit on and off television. Now Howard’s busting out and going international once again. He’s crisscrossing the globe on a new world tour – inventively named Round the World – having kicked things off in London last month with a record-breaking 10-day stint at the Royal Albert Hall. The tour comes to Hong Kong for one night only at Baptist University’s Academic Community Hall on May 27. We chat to the stand-up star about his new show and why it’s such an interesting time to be a comedian...Hi Russell, you performed in Hong Kong last year during the Udderbelly Festival. What were the most memorable moments?I saw a dog in a pram. That was great. It nearly snowed and I’ve never seen a crowd react like they did in Hong Kong. They went absolutely ballistic, though it turned out the snow was from a photo shoot near the festival. It was really funny to see adults absolutely crestfallen. And then there were the gigs. One day someone brought a massive teddy bear, a huge one like six-feet-tall. I took it and put it on a chair on stage and did about 20 minutes on the bear and his perspective on Hong Kong. It was really great, though I can’t remember any of it. But it was so weird that people really responded