Guest Curator: Kwok Ying
Exhibition Artists: Lam Tung Pang, Liu Ding and foreign investment
Design Partner: Karr Yip
The "Sparkle!" exhibition series is a stage that Oi! has created for young local curators to realise their unbound creativity. The first individual exhibition is "Collector Club" curated by Kwok Ying, which aims to encourage viewers to explore the value of art and to raise the general public's interest in collecting art.
Kwok has invited local artist Lam Tung-pang to serve as a case study for the exhibition, and she highlights Lam's experiences in developing his career in order to investigate the relationship between contemporary artists, galleries and collectors. She also showcases "Take Home and Make Real the Priceless In Your Heart", a series of paintings of crystals by Liu Ding that the artist has commissioned to his precise specifications. With his signature – a symbol of value and authority – affixed on the back of each painting, the complete work seemingly transforms the reproductions into priceless collectibles of a renowned artist and thus invites viewers to reflect on the value of a work of art: is a collector investing in the work itself or in the future potential of the artist? Also presented in the exhibition is "One Square Foot of Sky" by foreign investment (FI), a collective initially formed by foreign artists. For this work, they have teamed up with four young Hong Kong artists – Chris Huen Sin-kan, Kong Wing, Dakuen Leung and Wong Ka-ying – to paint the Hong Kong sky above us into "sky shares", the value of which is based on the price of property in the district. FI connects their art with daily life to provide a new criterion for considering the price of art.
Encouraging critical thinking and initiating effective discussions around the value of art, the project adopts a "club membership" approach to act as an incubator for a committed audience to further their knowledge and engagement. A series of activities will continue to be held during the exhibition period to stimulate a debate between the curator, the guest speakers, the exhibiting artists and the public on the development and collection of art.
Date : 23.1 — 21.4.2014
Time : 10:00am — 8:00pm
(Closed on Mondays from 10:00am — 2:00pm, except public holidays)
Venue : Exhibition Gallery 1, Oi!
Education and Extension Activities
Sky Share Workshop (in Cantonese)
It is an extended activity inspired by "One Square Foot of Sky". Four foreign investment Hong Kong artists will lead the workshop. Participants will create hand-made colour glasses to explore Oi! with a new perspective, and do live drawing at Oi!.
Instructors: Chris Huen Sin-kan, Kong Wing, Dakuen Leung and Wong Ka-ying
Date: 6.4.2014 (Sunday)
Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm
Salon Discussion (in Cantonese)
The curator and guest speakers will lead the participants in a discussion on the development and collection of art.
Discussion topic: Understanding the potential of an artist.
Host: Kwok Ying
Guest speakers: Henry Au-yeung and Kurt Chan Yuk-keung
Date: 12.4.2014 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Venue: Activity Room 2, Oi!
Artist Talk - Sky Share (in Cantonese)
Sharing of the ideas and local issues addressed by "One Square Foot of Sky". Discuss the situation faced by artists brought by high property price in Hong Kong, and the environment for their practice.
Host: Kwok Ying
Guest speakers: Chris Huen Sin-kan, Kong Wing, Dakuen Leung and Wong Ka-ying
Date: 20.4.2014 (Sunday)
Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm
Venue: Exhibition Gallery 1, Oi!
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