Top art exhibitions to see in Hong Kong this month
After his controversial art exhibition "Tear and Consume" back in November 2018, in which guests were invited to tear up his artworks Banksy-style, the talented artist Ernest Chang is back at it again. Presenting his latest collection of artworks, "Famous by Proxy" features a series of acrylic silkscreen canvases, screen prints, 3D pieces and neon lighting. Combining classic European paintings going as far back as the Renaissance with his love for comic book and manga characters, this exhibition is able to speak to the masses by fusing Western traditions with contemporary culture.
Independent gallery Chez Trente puts on a mini-anime show with a twist, featuring a newly created Tarot card deck by Hong Kong illustrator Hecoheio. The artist, who graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2015 and later worked on campaigns with Nissin and Sega Japan, draws on the colours, shapes and styles of Japanese pop culture. East Side pearl not only speaks to Hong Kong’s nickname from the 80s, it also represents the myriad subcultures that have formed in the city over the years and given it its multicultural edge. The exhibition launches on August 17 at 9pm. There will be tarot card readings, as well as cheap happy hour-priced drinks all through the night.
Featuring a range of sculptural works along with large-format paintings by Brooklyn-based contemporary artist, José Parlá, Textures of Memory showcases Parlá's most representative works spanning from 2004 to 2018. Using archives of walls and textures as a basis, along with his practice of abstract expressionism, this comprehensive exhibition takes places over two venues: The Annex (September 18 - October 12) and Ben Brown Fine Arts Exhibition (September 19 - November 6).
As a pioneer in the field of 3-D animation, Jennifer Steinkamp is bringing her stunning immersive video installations to Hong Kong this September. Offering a unique garden sanctuary that draws inspiration from Steinkamp's art historical predecessors, the exhibition titled Still-Life welcomes all to experience and gain a more comprehensive understanding of organic and abstract forms of art using computer technology.
Featuring a series of new paintings developed over the past year, LA-based talent Adam Beris will be presenting his first solo show at Over the Influence this fall. Titled "Daisy China", Beris' exhibition explores our natural impulses as human beings for things such as categorization and class systems, through colourful and visually enticing compositions. Often applying paint straight from the tube onto canvases, Beris' distinctive colour palette is able to make his work appeal to the masses.
Presenting his first solo exhibition in the region, San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee's The Other Side exhibition features a brilliant selection of the artist's old and new artworks. Depicting various social issues and placing a strong emphasis on community through his distinctive and often humorous style, the exhibition allows its audience to fully immersive themselves in McGee's evocative and spontaneous world of creativity. Incorporating an eclectic selection of media – painted surfboards, hand-thrown ceramics, obsolete television sets – and found objects sourced during his stay in Hong Kong, this is one not to miss.
Travel back in time this October and head to F11 Foto Museum to witness a beautiful display of black and white photography by one of the most influential Dutch photographers in the 20th century, Ed van der Elsken. Extending beyond his direct and avant-garde style, this particular collection showcases Elsken's love and perspective of the old Hong Kong. A city which he described as "the prettiest of harbour cities".