I stopped at ARTONE yesterday and was disappointed to find only 2 galleries open and a few others setting up/changing exhibits? even though there were supposed to be exhibitions taking place according to their website and poster ads. It was a quiet space considering how much pedestrian traffic was going on just outside with the extremely large HK Gifts and Premium Fair at the convention centre. It has the potential to be a great art space…will have to give it another go the next time I am over on the island.
Bringing art into the public space engages the community. I love listening to people talk about the art, especially parents with their kids. These photos from the Zoom-in on Poverty exhibit outside Times Square generated a lot of thoughtful questions and conversations.
A little further down from the photography exhibit was the Korean Contemporary Art Exhibition: Art Orchestra by Kim Taik-Gi. It will be shown until May 20, 2012. Here are a few of the stainless steel wire sculptures:
I liked the conductor, who was facing these musicians, as you could look right through him and see the busy city moving by. Added a different element to the sculpture and made it less static.
Scattered behind New Town Plaza is an array of permanent outdoor art. One of my favourites is this one:
HK is definitely embracing the arts much more than it used to and that is wonderful.