The South Island Cultural District (SICD) is holding its bi-annual South Island Art Day on October 14. We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting artists and exhibits on show.
Visitors will be treated to a showcase of contemporary art, dance, and music by some of Hong Kong’s most promising local and international artists—the SICD is unique for its concentration of large industrial gallery spaces in the Tin Wan, Aberdeen, and Wong Chuk Hang neighbourhoods.
There will be free food and drink as well as a Kids Corner to keep the tots busy. Free shuttle buses operate throughout the event and you can come and go as you please, but be sure to check out the district on foot as the alleyways are riddled with hidden murals.
3 Generations of Japanese Anime Artists
This group exhibition featuring father-son duo Yoshitaka and Takeru Amano, and 70s minimalist icon Yuichi Sugai explores the development of the postmodern “Japanese Pop Art” movement. Sugai’s mixed-media paintings reflect on his experiences growing up in the 50s and 60s when Japan was heavily influenced by American culture.
Yoshitaka Amano, considered one of the fathers of Anime, is showcasing a series of striking paintings on aluminum. His son, Takeru Amano of Final Fantasy, and Gatchaman-G Force fame rounds of the exhibition, one of a new generation of Japanese artists who are re-actualizing Anime today.
Art Statements, Factory D, 8/F, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, artstatements.com
CHARBON art space is celebrating its two-year anniversary with ‘The Awakening’, a solo exhibition by local artist and poet Claire Lee (clairelee.hk). Based in Hong Kong and the UK, Hong Kong Art School alumna Claire Lee is known for her drawings, paintings and mixed media work dealing with themes of psychological struggle and perseverance. She has been featured in museum exhibitions in the United States, Japan, and Taipei as well as in numerous galleries in Hong Kong.
‘The Awakening’ expresses the inner turmoil of the bison in a series of ink and bitumen drawings, photographs and poems. Lee portrays a search for spiritual awakening inspired by the bison’s simultaneous power and vulnerability. The exhibit opens on Art Day but runs until November 11.
The programme for Art Day includes a talk by curator Lalie Choffel at 12.30pm, two poetry reading sessions at 4pm and 7pm and a didgeridoo performance at 6.30pm.
Charbon Art Space, Unit B, 8/F, Sing Tek Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, charbonartspace.com
Toshio Matsumoto: Everything Visible Is Empty
Featuring the works of the late Toshio Matsumoto, Everything Visible Is Empty is a retrospective exhibition that examines shorts films and documentaries from the filmmaker’s most fertile creative period between 1960 and 1980. Best known for his landmark 1969 drama film A Funeral Parade of Roses, Matsumoto was a member of the Jikken-Kobo artist collective and one of the biggest figures of Japan’s post-war avant-garde art. Everything Visible Is Empty is running now through to November 18, and will feature newly restored versions of a number of Matsumoto’s rarely screened pieces including the documentaries Nishijin and Song of Stone, and Matsumoto’s groundbreaking expanded cinema work, For My Damaged Right Eye.
The Empty Gallery, 19/F, Grand Marine Centre, 3 Yue Fung Street, Tin Wan. theemptygallery.com
When Head and Body Unite
An exhibition of new works by renowned Cambodian artist Leang Seckon. Seckon’s pieces are composed of found objects and media-textiles. They are saturated with images of traditional folklore, religious iconography, and the artist’s memories of growing up during the devastating Khmer Rouge regime. The exhibition will up until November 11.
Rossi & Rossi, 3/F, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, rossirossi.com
After working as a carpenter and seeing the amount of trees that are felled for human consumption, Kim Juntaek decided to redefine the meaning of value by incorporating “useless” items into his pieces. In ‘∞’ Kim combines abstract painting, sculpture and relief with items like scrap metal, leftover wood and coffee grounds. The unifying feature of his media is that they are not only symbols of consumption, but also the debris of consumptive acts.
Artmia Studio, 6/B, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, kimjintaek.com
Created by a trio of alumnas from the Academy of Visual Art of Hong Kong Baptist University, Azurite presents a range of ink work, ceramics, and paintings. Dabie Chiu ’s work explores social and existential topics whilst Akina Lam’s work looks at the linguistic features of materials. Fatina Kong combines Chinese and Western paintings styles to give everyday scenery a surreal quality.
ADC Artspace, 12/F, Genesis, 33-35 Wong Chuk Hang Road, artspace.hk
Tale of the Wonderland
This group exhibition uses Carroll’s much-loved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a basis to construct a narrative spanning 20 years in post-colonial Hong Kong. Exploring themes such as uncertainty, the collapse of reality, and identity displacement, this collaboration between up-and-coming local artists will enchant Alice fans.
Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road. blindspotgallery.com