This summer has been piping hot, while outdoor activity isn’t quite my cup of tea. I always like to dedicate a weekend, meeting up with my girlfriends to catch up over a brunch with an Aperol Spitz and then check out the coolest exhibitions in town. Here are some of my best picks.
NAOKO TOSA: Invisible Beauty @Whitestone Gallery
7-8/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Date: Aug 4 – Sep 2, 2018
This exhibition combines art and science to capture the invisible beauty of the world we live in. Tosa’s 1985 video artwork, entitled ‘An Expression’, features sound she generated using a light sensor which reads the brightness of a TV monitor. It broke new ground for video artwork and it was acquired by MoMA New York. Tosa’s most celebrated creation, ‘Sound of Ikebana’ (Ikebana: the Japanese art of flower arrangement) is an extension of this previous work. She passes sound vibrations through colored fluids like paints and oils and captures the mesmerising movement of colors via high-speed camera.
Leo Villareal @Pace Gallery
12/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Date: Jul 21, 2018 – Sep 07, 2018
If you want more digital arts, this exhibition of new works by New York-based light artist Leo Villareal might be just something for you. Installed in Pace, Hong Kong’s new H Queen’s Building, ESCAPE VELOCITY will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Asia, Villareal works with pixels and binary code to create rhythmic, non-repeating and random compositions in light. Firmly rooted in abstraction and the psychology of perception, his work is purposefully open-ended and ethereal, encouraging viewers to draw their own interpretations.
ARTIST RESIDENCY X FOREVER & TODAY @De Sarthe
20/F Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Date: JUL 17 – AUG 31, 2018
Christopher K. Ho’s new work will explore the topic of ‘reverse migration’ referencing his travels between Hong Kong and New York. Working closely with the architectural layout of the gallery, Ho’s installation will form a grid pattern that references the existing floor tiles. This conceptual framework will feature art works that ‘fill in’ the gaps of the grid with found and made objects including sculptures, diagrams, and texts.