As Art Basel is coming soon later this month 15-17 March, there are lots of happenings in town, including this exhibition named “Days push off into nights” curated by Hong Kong and Netherlands based independent curator (previously curated at Para/Site Art Space) and writer Christina Li at Spring Workshop in Wong Chuk Hang.
I was invited to the luncheon there for this new exhibition few days ago, which is pretty interesting – in terms of the gallery’s use of space, and the works of the artists.
Christina gave us a tour of the exhibition, which is basically about the composition of a common space in stillness. I personally love the work with ice below “Cooling System” by Korean artist Jewyo Rhii, expressing her experience of returning to Seoul and the work environment in her studio during hot humid summers back in 2008. It’s kind of Hong Kong back in the old days when air-cons were not very popular – just like what we have now at the old-school Cha Chaan Teng in Sham Shui Po.
This set of 25 photos, “Subway Writers“, captured by Moyra Davey of everyday writers in the busy New York Metro subway cars, are folded into envelops and mailed to friends around the world. Quite an inspiring one as every one of us can write and exchange ideas without boundaries. I do hope I’m inspiring some of you here too by sharing some personal thoughts of stuff.
I had to say hello to my friend Johannes here! He is one of the 5 local diarists for “Hong Kong Diaries” by Elmgreen & Dragset. It was funny to read people’s diary (I know I’m not supposed to but I guess that’s what the artists wanted us to do at this exhibition, no?) and especially his right there!
“Relief 2” looks like a wall installation but it’s actually tapes of recordings from the artist Job Koelewijn of his daily 45mins morning reading sessions. I guess this is a very good way of a systematic reading habit, while listening to your very own voice might awaken your own self-consciousness and thinking. That’s exactly what my mom told me to do for revision – reading it loud, writing it down, and it will be embedded in the head for years! Trust me, I can still recite a few pages in the old text books from decades ago.
Talking about books, Spring Founder Mimi Brown has initiated an annual publication named “Stationary” along with a commissioned team of artists including Christina Li, Janine Armin, Heman Chong, and Julie Peeters. The book provides a platform for artists, curators, and writers to express their ideas and creativity which cannot be done within their very own creative practices.
So what’s Spring Workshop?
The place itself is a non-profit arts hub serving as a lab for exchange between artists. There are a few residence artists in the amazing space. In this tiny city in Hong Kong, it isn’t very often to find an interactive art space in this scale with indoor and outdoor areas to work in.
It was my first time there and so as Beverly, Senior Deputy Editor of Home Journal. We were having great fun and experience there, while both of us were saying we would love to be able to have such a great working environment – work can definitely be a lot less stressful there.
Hong Kong Farm has taken over the terrace for one year for their experimental farming.
Haha, yes, talk to your plant! This is a booth where you can record your voice about what you want to tell your plant in the terrace. There are a few speakers in the pots playing the tape to the “babies”. Funky idea but who knows if it works or not? After all, plants are living things.
Wong Chuk Hang is actually a great area for a little art walk. If you are planning on an inspiration scout, check out South Island Art Night on 15th March 5-10pm during the Art Basel period.