ART HK 2012

ART HK 2012

17 June, 2012
An art affair
Feasting the senses at HK's premiere international art fair

True to trend, the 2012 ART HK was the biggest to date, with 260 galleries participating from 38 different countries. As we made our way through the huge fair site at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, we were glad to have taken the time to strategize and plan our route before going in. We were there to zero in on the eco-art pieces that stood out with the use of recycled materials or were inspired by nature, and we were not disappointed.
A few that caught our eye: Kimiyo Mishima crafts ceramic versions of everyday items, including beer cans, newspapers and cardboard boxes, commenting on contemporary society’s need to consume and discard in excessive amounts while reminding us of our collective role within the environment. With dorsals and tentacles entwined with anthropomorphic beasts, Kriangkrai Kongkhanun’s woodblock print “Oceanic Wilderness” is a prophetic work inspired by Thailand’s coastal waters, exploring the possibility for the world’s oceans that is increasingly plagued by overfishing and pollution. There were curious looks from fair audiences as people were seen holding flowers made from newspapers in their hands. These came from Apparao Gallery, which displayed sculptures surrounded by the origami-like recycled flowers, emphasizing the need to re-think what constitutes waste and whether useful things can be made from objects that usually go to landfills. New York based ArtAsiaPacific Magazine featured students’ work which were cool chairs made from recycled paper, illustrating just one of the ways recycled paper can be creatively used. Korea’s Kim Nampyo blends animals and everyday objects into serene landscapes of nature that are lashed with black paint and bright bursts of colour. With unrealistic proportions and supernatural combinations, these paintings draw attention and bring to mind the contrast of nature and civilization. Hong Kong’s local artist Nadim Abbas created an 18-metre corridor of coral made from resin, titled “Marine Lover”. This glow in the dark installation contrasted white coral on the walls with a black light on the floor. Mimicking the point of the view of a diver diving amongst coral reefs, Nadim also reflects on the relationship people have with coral and is fascinated himself about the ambiguity of coral as an animal and object. These were just some of the eco-inspired art pieces we spotted. 
See you at the next edition of ART HK!

By: Karry Lai


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