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Hong Kong Is Pushing Its Boundaries to Become an ‘Artropolis’

 

Hong Kong is always promoted as dining and shopping hot spot, and the city has to transform itself with sophistication because it holds the third place in art market for trading and buying art in the world. The annual art month where Art Basel, Art Central and Asia Contemporary Art Show take place encompassing fine art and contemporary art, one may not also notice Hong Kong Art Festival also celebrates its 45th anniversary this year.  The leading position is further solidified by multibillion-dollar redevelopment project of Western Kowloon Cultural District featuring M+ museum with significant contemporary Chinese art pieces mainly donated by Uli Sigg, it also offers theatres, art galleries, exhibition spaces and park.  Despite of the key events and important auctions hold twice a year, there is a lot more varieties to offer by the visionary art collectors and gallery owners who want to build conversations with art connoisseur, bringing art as an experience to public space.  Hong Kong Art Gallery Association is set to engage and open our eyes by Hong Kong Art Week with different art programs to raise the awareness on the art scene to enrich our life experience and to promote art at local level.

 

Gallery Hopping at Noho

A walk from Central to Hollywood Road, you can surf from traditional white wall galleries with high ceilings inside Pedder Building to interesting space by walking up along Old Baily Street closer to Caine Road. Heading towards Sheung Wan, interesting galleries featuring international artists juxtapose with antiques shops will definitely keep your eyes busy and dizzy!

 

Hanart TZ Gallery

Currently exhibiting Fang Lijun: This All Too World, a solo exhibition of recently paints and prints by the most celebrated Beijing-based artist Fang Lijun.  He turns his honest gaze to the anxiety and pain felt by those living in the midst of a transforming society, shaped by rapid and critical change when China is still undergoing social transformation.  Fang Lijun is characterized by two principle sets of imagery.  The first shows a ‘grand’ landscape among which masses of people are gathered.  Their vision is always broad and passionate with the intention to describe the mind set of a collective society.  His key figures including heroes, every walks of life, beasts or birds are being washed away by the tide of history and become generic masses with the same collective face.  The other main type of imagery is represented by hallucinatory images of multitudes.  People float in a fluid space with their face spinning in a vortex in which the image has no sense of perspective. These people are more violent, greedy and desperate for power.  New-born baby, the future, is threatened and stared by predators.  Within these images, we see the collective social mode wipe of history and culture that twist human nature and produce pack of wolves lacking in personal morals.  On the contrary, the cruelty of extreme individualism and commercialisation is also devouring the ‘future’.  Fang questions the future and show he truly cares about the world. This humble teacher deserves every respect!

 

Contemporary by Angela Li

The gallery is presenting ‘Human Nature’ by one of the most talented London-based Chinese pop artist Jacky Tsai. This exhibition showcases his latest works by using different mediums including Chinese lacquer woodcarving, traditional Suzhou embroidery, porcelain, acrylic on canvases and screen prints.  His works feature traditional Chinese motifs, characters from old Chinese folk tales or super heroes from Western comics to present his concern on current social issues or subject matters.  The artist is able to mix different mediums together, demonstrating his talent and enthusiasm in traditional Chinese craftsmanship, which are both eclectic and visually pleasing. He said to me that ‘When looking at my works, I want people to reconsider one’s self-identity.  I am lucky as I am not institutionalised, my talent can be fully expressed.’  Jacky’s work does not confine to certain specific style as he will take further step to change his style as he evolves.

 

10 Chancery Lane

In celebration of the legendary Frog King, Kwok Mang Ho, 70th birthday, this gallery presents Frog King’s first solo exhibition showcasing his art works in his ever-changing phases of life by experimenting different mediums, breaking the traditional boundaries of ink and calligraphy.  He was formally trained by seminal New Ink Painting master Lui Shou Kwan, constantly steering contemporary art in Hong Kong through engaging a great diversity of media covering calligraphy, installation, graffiti, performance art, photography and sculpture.  In this exhibition, you can see this free-spirit artist is using his intuitive with spontaneous imagination and improvisation on his works and performance art to interact with audience.  Engaging with him is quite an experience; he would pass his spectacle and giant painting brush to me to be part of his art work!

 

Whitestone Gallery

This art space is presenting gallery collection by showcasing artworks by KAWS, Jeff Koons and Yoshimoto Nara. Celebrating our childhood imagination develops from our first encounter with children books, this exhibition aims to provoke audiences to re-experience seemingly familiar visual in a different way.  Can you recall these vivid images in your memory?

 

A Destination

Wong Chuk Hang, the former industrial area with lofty space and lower rents, offers more flexibility for galleries and local artists experiment their creative practise. Just a few minutes’ walk from Wong Chuk Hang MTR station, you can immerse yourself with absolute different galleries with vast displaying area to present big art pieces and projects. People can also come in studios to stay as long as they like to engage with the exhibition or build conversation about it.

 

Rossi & Rossi

(Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Art Gallery Association)

Having passed through the dusty lobby and took a ride by cargo elevator, this gallery has vast exhibition space with specialty in displaying both classical and contemporary art. During the visit, they are presenting When Head and Body United by acclaimed Cambodian art Leang Seckon.  His art works compose of a variety of media-textiles, photographs, posters, found objects, reveals his memories growing up during a devastating and turbulent period in Cambodian’s history, Khmer Rouge and its subsequent attempts to heal.

 

De Sarthe Gallery

Situated within a modern office tower in the Southside, it offers 10,000-squre-foot space which is exhibiting The Must See Art Show Where You Can Find 10,000 Artists by Wang Xin.  She challenges the archaic structure of the art world, as she often takes its institutions, systems and dogma as her material.  The exhibition comprised of multiple interactive, site-specific installations in which Wang Xin challenges the status of the artist as well as the art world’s current ecosystem.  Wang also encourages the participation of each audience as soon as they walk into the gallery.  As the exhibition suggests, 10,000 unknown artists’ contact information are stored inside the pink balls.  The audience is entitled to pick up the pink ball, open it, and unravel an unknown artist’s information.

 

Objects Factory (Kacey Wong’s Studio)

A home-grown artist’s private studio houses his installations and art works designed and hand-crafted by him, fusing with authentic Hong Kong Culture and elements. I met him in his studio in Ap Lei Chau. Once stepping into his studio, you would be stunned by its cosiness with an open air terrace overlooking the seaside. He explains each of his art work drawn from what he experiences, observes or exposes the reality. His works combine social and political statement; his mobile work Eggette Bar, he mocks the cost of making the mobile car is only HK$50,000 comparing to the cost of street food truck that could cost over HK$1million.  Being a teacher, he also encourages each people ‘should focus on their own interest, let your talent excels, and you are not meant to do that…’, while pointing the most expansive land in Hong Kong.

Eggette Bar.

Empty Gallery

(Photo courtesy of Empty Gallery)

A complete black-cube space which is exhibiting Toshio Matsumoto: Everything Visible Is Empty, a retrospective exhibition of the late experimental filmmaker and visual theorist, examining arguably his most fertile creative period: the years from 1960 to 1979. The 2-floor exhibition area is divided into 10 rooms screen playing his works including ‘The World Goes Pop’ at Tate Modern and ‘Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde’ at MoMa.

Lifestyle

TRi  享受巴里寧靜風情

Enjoy the Tranquility in TRi

 

TRi   - 一直很渴望一睹這餐廳的風采 - 這次造訪果然沒有失望。由名設計師Elora Hardy 負責整個餐廳設計,有品味而時尚。以竹為主題,望出窗外仿佛被海洋和樹木環抱,用餐區像睡蓮的小群組,浮在酣靜的水上,坐在這裡另外有一種感覺,感受到什麼是“置身於寧靜的巴里”。食物方面,這次是吃“品嚐”餐單,裡有幾道菜供選擇:包括3個鹹小吃 (Savory Appetizer), 2個前菜(Starter), 2個大盤(First main), 2 個主菜(Second main),3個甜品 (dessert), 非常豐富。這次試食讓我對巴里完全改觀。新鮮和厚級的食材,配以時尚西式的presentation, 每一度菜的香料讓菜式的味道更加出色,震撼味蕾,是一場視覺和味覺的盛宴。

Dining in TRi is always on my list. I am thankful with what I finally tried!

The celebrity designer Elora Handy designed the stunning restaurant with a bamboo theme. Looking through the window, you are embraced by the ocean and the forest as if relaxing in Bali.  The dining zone is designed with sleeping lotus pods floating on a peaceful pond where you can actually dine inside to enjoy a very intimate dining time! I am glad to try the “Taste of Bali Sharing Menu” which you can try and select 3 savory appetizers, 2 starters, 2 first main, 2 second main, 3 desserts. This contemporary Balinese is using the highest quality produce of the season while the fresh herbs that add so many flavours for each dish.  Balinese is elevated to a new level in Hong Kong!

Tuna tartare: 吞拿魚他他,拌以香料、蔥、水果。吞拿魚及香料鮮味無比。

A fresh with raw tuna and spices. Lit up by different spices, spring onion and fruits

Lawar Bebek: 蘆筍沙律,配以豆、燉鴨、烤椰子及香料。多層次的沙律,是當晚我最喜歡的一道菜。

Asparagus salad, served with mixed green beans, grilled coconut and spices. Full of texture – my favourite dish of the night!

Potato Perkedel V: 地瓜和茄子餅。

Sweet potato fritter with eggplant.

Bak Pao Rendang N S : 蒸包,以和牛面頰做餡,配以印尼香料。

Steamed buns with Wagyu beef cheek and Indonesian spices.

Bak Pao Vegetarian NV: 以素菜用餡,有少少綠咖哩味,不辣,很好味。

Vegetarian streamed buns, smells like green curry, not hot at all, above all, delicious!

Scallops S: 煎帶子,烤粟米,以matah 調品。

Grilled scallops and grilled corn, seasoned with matah.

Coral Tront Dabu-Dabu NS: 煎鱒魚、帶子、蘆筍,以印尼醋調味,魚很新鮮,特別好味。

Pan fried coral trout, scallops and asparagus, seasoned with Indonesian vinegar. The fish is so fresh and delicious!

Quail Betutu NS:  焗鵪鶉、秋葵、蘿蔔茸,滋味無比。

Roasted quail with okra, smashed radish. Yummy!

Buah Tropical P: 香蕉蛋糕拌以時令水果,拌以雲尼拿忌廉配雪糕,很細緻。

Banana cake served with seasonal fruit, vanilla cream and ice-cream. A delicate creation.

Dadar Gulung V:  餐廳其中一個必吃甜品,巴里煎餅包著椰子蓉及罌粟籽,配以芒果雪芭,清新甜品,口感也特別豐富。

The signature dessert – Balinese pancake with coconut fillings, poppy seed crumble, mango sorbet. Refreshing and rich in texture.

Coklat Kaya Rasa PN: 朱古力及焦糖忌廉配雪糕,拌以花生及熱情果。

Chocolate and caramel cream, served with peanuts and passion fruits.

Lifestyle

The Ocean 秋冬期間限定盛宴

The Limited Edition of Autumn Degustation Menu, The Ocean

 

我的試食清單,永遠有The Ocean 。踏入十一月,終於可以試食以海洋、時令松露為主題的菜單。這個秋冬品嚐菜單包括多道菜,以多種方法烹調,充滿驚喜!

I would never miss “The Ocean” in my to-try-list. Delighted to try the seasonal menu for the fall-winter in this Nov. Full of surprises with a variety of dishes and cooking methods!

前菜小食有3款:灼法國Fine de Claire生蠔配意式菠蘿沙冰、炸帶子蝦餅、炒八爪魚霰餅。

The culinary journey begins at the coast, featuring three selections of snacks including poached French Fine de Claire Oysters served with a pineapple granita, scallop corndogs for a sense of childhood nostalgia and fried octopus with arare.

「雙松」慢煮清酒鮑魚,將歐洲及亞洲的「菇菌之王」松露及松茸入饌,用黑松露醬炒大麥,再煎香松茸,配上慢煮十小時的南非鮑魚,然後即席於客人前用中式玻璃茶壺倒入菇菌熱湯,溢出陣陣馥郁。

Ocean Breeze is a symphony of Japanese Matsutake mushrooms and slow cooked abalone, paired with barley and fresh truffles, served with a fragrant hot mushroom consommé and served in a Chinese glass teapot.

接著是蒸蟹粉雲吞配脆炸腐皮,選用大閘蟹或鱈場蟹,結合中式布拉腸粉及意大利Ravioli雲吞做法,用米漿製作通透軟滑外皮,釀入蟹肉及墨西哥辣椒油製餡蒸香;蟹膏則用來熬湯,倒入碟內配炸腐皮享用。

The Sea Anchor marries a Hong Kong rice roll and an Italian ravioli. Two delicate rice papers are surrounded by a king crab and placed on a bed of crispy yuba.

燻帶子配天婦羅海鮮湯,將日本北海道帶子巧製二食,帶子肉輕煎再經桃木燻香,帶子裙邊則用來煮天婦羅海鮮湯,上碟時放在充滿禪意的鵝蛋石上,傳來陣陣燻木香氣。

First Wave highlights smoked scallops, freshly imported from Iwate-ken, Japan. The scallops are smoked using hickory wood to add depth to the flavour and paired with roast eggplant and delicate salicornia served with a seafood soup.

活龍蝦二食配芝士麵豉椰菜花,加拿大龍蝦同樣變成兩度風味,製成炸吉列龍蝦鉗及慢煮龍蝦尾,配上自家製榛子啫喱、芝士醬及麵豉椰菜花,層次感份外豐富。

Blue Lagoon. A large Canadian slow-boiled lobster tail and fried crispy lobster claw is paired with cauliflower, comet-vanilla veil and a homemade hazelnut paste.

壓軸主菜是黑白松露鱈魚配薯蓉,以香煎黑鱈魚配意大利白松露油及法國黑松露醬,透過松露菌香突出鱈魚鮮味。

Great Reef, plates up fried black cod with Italian white truffle and French black truffle sauce on a potato puree. The truffle notes enhance the cod flavour and the contrasting colours are a feast for the eyes.

清酒朱古力脆脆及無花果豆蔻白朱古力。

Decompression features sake in a solid form, encased in a chocolate shell sprinkled with puff rice, putting a Japanese twist on a classic Magnum ice cream.

無花果豆蔻白朱古力,充滿米酒醇香,後者則配上驅寒的Mulled Wine酒製成的啫喱及仙人掌果雪葩,為晚餐畫上完美句號。

Back to Bay features a delicately plated array of fresh figs, Cardamom white chocolate and prickly pear sorbet paired with a mulled wine gel to finish the journey on a sweet note.

Art

True Beauty Lies Within

真正的美,由心而發

 

We are all born with what has been given. Yet we are the only person who chooses to become who we are. Beauty grows with time as we grow inside.

也許,與生俱來的天賦也許改不了,但是成為一個什麼的人,就是個人的選擇。睿智隨着時間的增長,美麗也隨之由衷而發。