An Insider's Guide into the Hong Kong Art Scene
By Gili Karev
Blindspot Gallery, another expressive edition to the magic of Aberdeen St, is a contemporary venue dedicated to the art of photography – a medium that is often pushed into the ‘blind spot’ of local artistic consciousness. Blindspot Gallery provides a platform for established and emerging photographers to exhibit their work in an intimate, personal setting; one that provides an appropriate backdrop to the unique and diverse art of the still-framed photo. Focuses mostly on artists from the region, the gallery’s aim is to retrieve photography from the outskirts of the Hong Kong art market and return it to center stage – with a twist.
After Dinner Shu Fa, by the Yangjiang Group (Zheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan and Sun Qinglin), will be the group’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The project is a photography series created from live performances of the three engaging in calligraphy and painting using ink and dinner leftovers. Both the performance aspect and the photography will be hosted within the gallery. Shu Fa, or calligraphy in Chinese, is considered an ancient traditional art form in Chinese culture. The blend between historical and contemporary artistic mediums is the Yangjiang Group’s incentive behind their art, which includes photography, painting, installation, video, and performance. Hailing from Guangdong Province, China, the artists’ deliberate distortion of the traditionally elite art form of calligraphy is seen as a grassroots manifesto against the historically rooted China.
The exhibition’s opening night will be a performance of the Yangjiang Group having dinner, followed by a creation of original works. The opening reception is on Tuesday, September 9th, 2012, from 6:30 – 8:30pm, with the live performance beginning at 7pm by invitation only. The produced artworks will be exhibited between September 4th and September 29th.
24-26A, Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong (off of Hollywood Rd.) +852 2517 6238