Last week's adventure led me to visit the Tsim Sha Tsui area, in particular the Hong Kong Museum of Art where there was an exhibition of Touching Art: Louvre's sculptures in movement. There was a total of 18 replicas from the Louvre Museum, created from resin or plaster and finished to appear like marble or bronze. The exhibition allowed you to touch the pieces which was refreshing to see as typically in Museums it's DO NOT TOUCH, "bringing you a new way of experiencing art." Also you don't have to worry about hygiene as before you enter the exhibition you're required to sanitize your hands, something that i've noticed in Hong Kong, hygiene is a big thing over here, everything is constantly cleaned, in particularly door handles.
I also found my way to the Harbour City Mall, which is one of the biggest malls in Hong Kong. Here's the entrance with a very festive outdoor display from Chinese New Year which i found very exciting to walk through....photo opp ^_^ Here's a couple more interesting display finds during my shopping adventure, although i've been quite good and kept the spending to a minimum but i bought a rather cute purse which you'll see if you scroll down.
The Monki's skyscrapers were from Langham Place in Mong Kok, really liked the cityscape, very alluring and fulfilled it's purpose of attracting customers so decided to pop in but didn't see anything i fancied. :(
This is the Sale Sign from the Diesel Store in the Harbour City Mall, better than your average "Sales" sign isn't it. Really liked the 3d texture of using thick red yarn with, keeping a small correlation with the traditional red sales sign, but also liked the connotations of the scissors graphic with the cutting of prices.
This week also had a little serendipity, i accidently found the Chocolate Trail exhibition of Chocolate Heritage. The exhibition contains you guessed it chocolate sculptures of different famous landmarks in the world from the Great Wall of China to the Leaning Tower of Piza. Here are some of pictures below, and as the sign below says "Please refrain from Touching and Eating" which was so tempting as when you enter you automatically get hit with a chocolate aroma. Yum or what. ^_^ Can you guess where these place are?
During my stay in Hong Kong i've noticed alot of public art which i love, but the worst thing is that it's hard to find the artist or creator but thankfully this piece was perfectly labelled. Check out some more of his work over here. The painting was found on the way home from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, it covered not only the walls but the ceiling which is one of the things i like best about it, love when art breaks the boundary of the typical canvas. :)
The purchase of this week was the Salad Leather Purse, loved the embossed graphics, had my eye on it at the beginning so i'm glad i bought it in the end, how cute in the rocking horse? Near the end of the week i headed down to Central in Hong Kong, where a New York Artist John Hobbie was sketching in a coffee shop, (surprisingly he speaks cantonese quite well) so i got intrigued and he gave me business card. So here'a couple pieces of his work, i like his watercolours best but then again i'm a sucker for watercolour. ^_^ Basically John's on a painting excursion across Hong Kong, check out some more of his work over here.
The Schoeni Art Gallery known for Chinese Contemporary art has collabrated with UK Adapta. One of the artists that was featured here was David Bray, however the original pieces that i saw were a bit more timid compared to the one i'm showing below (can't find the piece i saw that time, titled "God only knows".) "Bray creates intricate, time-consuming drawings, which explore emotion, utopia and a world of fantasy, mainly taking women and animals as his motif" (via adapta gallery site.) You can view more of his work over at Stolenspace.
I also visted the Zee Stone Gallery, one of the artists that i liked was Wei Shaodong, a binary opposition of the tradition vs. contemporary, what i like most about the peices is the hand painted intricate detail of the stereotypical asian dress patterns that are used as the background of the graceful silhouettes. (Note real life paintings are more vibrant.)
On Sunday evening i headed to Kowloon Walled City Park with the exhibiton Power Plant being on, unfortunately all tickets for whole event are all sold out. So here a few photos from the bit that was opened to the public. To be honest the event was a bit creepy and like a haunted house with the eerie music playing, luckily there was a good crowd but i don't think i would've liked to wandered there all alone in the middle of the night. Glad i saw a bit of it anyway. Well that's all for this week.