Art Central is returning to Wan Chai’s exhibition centre this week, showcasing a new generation of talent from Asian galleries, as well as distinguished international artists.

Sachiko Kamiki, summernight, 2021 canvas and acrylic on panel, 145.5 x 112.1 cm.

The 2022 fair includes daily talks and panels, a suite of video art presentations, as well as artistic performances.

Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Highlights:

Go Hung – Square Street Gallery, Hong Kong and Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong

Go Hung, Stuff 04, 2021, ink, casted sculpture out of found shopping bags, 90 x 50 x 30 cm.

An enigmatic figure in Hong Kong art since returning from the U.K. where he received a MA in Visual Arts (Digital Art) from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London in 2009, Go Hung’s sculptural interventions of public art using cardboard and other materials collected from the streets are later ‘littered’ back onto the streets for public viewing. The artist’s re-creations of the iconic “goodmorning” handtowels, made of recycled papier-mâché, have long been found on the back allys of residential communities, often with painted messages for passers-by. Recent works address the obsessive avoidance of touching objects that may spread Covid, like door and sink knobs, rendered from a ubiquitous local soap made of lemongrass and fat.

Sara Tse – Touch Gallery, Hong Kong

Sara Tse, Attire no.300.41 衫, ceramic, 44 x 38.5 x 5 cm.

An artist of local and international renown, especially within the Asia-Pacific region, Sara Tse (b. 1974, Hong Kong) is a ceramic artist living and working in Hong Kong. Her crafted work presents an examination of the fragility of things and everyday experiences with delicacy. Instead of giving the porcelain objects reverence traditionally, Tse tends to challenge conventional concepts through her sculptural gloves, socks, and sweaters. Her transformation of common objects into porcelain and clay often elicit unconscious memories from childhood to motherhood as well as the present to the future. Her recent works also concentrate on narratives of Chinese diaspora, disclosing a deeper autobiographical content.

Bing Lee – Soluna Fine Art

Bing Lee: Pictodiary.

Since 1983, Hong Kong-born, Brooklyn-based artist Bing Lee has been creating an ongoing set of changing visual vocabularies in his Picto Diary series. Via the invention and appropriation of signs, lines, and colours, Lee composes his personal diary in a reservoir of pictorial codes. The hidden scripts created by the artist are full of changeability and flexibility, while the content presented is at once secretive and expressive, possessing the privacy of personal writings and the openness of public graffiti. Not unlike the early histories recorded on cave paintings, or the encrypted language in computer coding, Lee’s Picto Diary is described by art critic Eleanor Hartney as “calligraphic automatism”, which points to an intuitive release of feelings and memories based on the hieroglyph of the Chinese language.

Gizella Rákóczy – Double Q Gallery, Hong Kong

Gizella Rakoczy, Cretan Labyrinth, Cycle Of the Year, 135 x 135 cm.

A central figure in Hungarian and international geometric art, Rákóczy’s artworks are deduced by mathematical laws, which lead to an outcome of speculative knowledge exuding the charm of rational aesthetic. The booth is curated by Mónika Zsikla, who also curated the recently-opened Hungarian Pavilion for the 59th Venice Biennale.

Lee du Ploy, David Makala – Mwimbi Fine Art

David Makala, The Black David, 2021, monoprint, 60 x 45 cm.

Race, power, place and identity are deeply woven into the artistic practices of Zambian artist David Makala and South Africa-born, Hong Kong-based artist Lee du Ploy. Both Makala and du Ploy methodically layer time to visually record discussions that reveal personal memories, traditions and reflections on race.


Visit Art Central:

Tickets are available via HK Ticketing.

Wednesday 25 May: VIP Preview.
Thursday 26 May: First Session: 2 – 5pm, Second Session: 5 – 8pm.
Friday 27 May: First Session: 11am – 3pm, Second Session: 3 – 7pm.
Saturday 28 May: First Session: 11am – 3pm, Second Session: 3 – 7pm.
Sunday 29 May: First Session: 11am – 3pm, Second Session: 3 – 6pm.

Adult Weekday: HK$200
Adult Weekend: HK$250
Student/Concession Weekday: HK$150
Student/Concession Weekend: HK$200
Children (5-15 years old): HK$50

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