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.


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.

One Second • One Year Zhao Zhao @Tang Contemporary Art

10/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Date: Aug 8 – Sep 22, 2018

Zhao Zhao's "One Second" drawings and "One Second" paintings, works that establish a dialogue about depictions of time. To create the "One Second" drawings, the artist held in one hand ten pencils and within one second marked a piece of paper with a grouping of lines. From these spontaneous works, he then went about meticulously translating the hyper-realistic image onto canvas in oil paints, a process that took almost a year to complete. In contrast, the oil paintings evoke a meticulous process, employing the ultimate restraint to achieve a verisimilitude of momentariness.

Philip Guston @Hauser And Wirth

16-15/F, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Date: 29 May – 25 Aug 2018

American artist Philip Guston, one of the great luminaries of twentieth-century art. Guston’s legendary career spanned a half century, from 1930 to 1980. He was widely recognized as a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism before an unexpected return to figuration in the late 1960s, and with it the development of his highly original artistic language of pictorial symbols. His paintings – particularly the liberated and instinctual forms of his last works – continue to exert a powerful influence on younger generations of contemporary painters.