Hong Kong Arts Month

Art Basel Hong Kong

You need a strong pair of legs to get through Hong Kong Art Month! I recently spent two and a half days in Hong Kong to see international art fairs Art Basel and Art Central, and did more steps than I usually do in several weeks. The yum-cha kind of balanced things out in the end though...I enjoyed seeing Art Basel with over 195 galleries showcasing 20th and 21st-century works. Installations by Australian artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu and Japan's Shinji Ohmaki were among my favourites. It was also nice to see familiar faces at Singapore's Sullivan+Strumpf, Mizuma and STPI. 

Art Central Hong Kong 

Two hours were all I had to catch Art Central, so I was making the rounds pretty quickly. Lots of beautiful work to be seen in the temporary but intimate pop-up tent hall. Richard Koh, Mars Gallery and Art Atrium had some inspiring works. With over 100 galleries participating, there was definitely something for anyone looking for contemporary artwork. So glad I had the chance to visit with friends and enjoy a couple of days of Mandarin immersion! 

Haruka Kojin @ Hermes Singapore

Hermes Singapore recently asked me to do some interpreting and translation work for the installation of several on-site art pieces by Japanese artist Haruka Kojin. It was a lot of fun to help and amazing to see the work unearthed from packing crates and then finally installed at the Hermes Liat Tower show window. 

Titled 'Contact Lense', the installation literally uses images from nearby surroundings to create a fascinating composition of distorted and reflective bubbles of light and colour. 

The acrylic disks are made up of both plain acrylic but also ones with a degree of magnification designed. In combination with mirrors, the effect is eye-catching but also somewhat unsettling. 

Kojin was born in Hiroshima in 1983 and since a child was attracted to the physical space around her, and how it defines our existence. 

Haruka has exhibited similar works in other countries, but each installation is carefully planned according to the existing space and conditions. 

For the Hermès project, Kojin is focused on extracting a kind of beauty from everyday objects and incorporating it into fashion. 

This installation can be seen until October 3, 2017 at the Hermès Liat Tower store at 541 Orchard Road. Don't forget to check out their Aloft Gallery on the 4th floor, where you can find regular exhibitions of international and local artists.