Seen&Scene: 28 “New Natives”, Philippine Contemporary Art on Exhibit at Lightbombs Contemporary

I hardly co host parties or events, but when I do its for things I love. This time Lightbombs Contemporary Art Advisory in Hong Kong is exhibiting the work of 28 amazing Philippine Artists making an impact today. The show is called The New Natives and is opening to the public next week. You can’t miss it. It’s great work and represents the energy of the Manilacontemporary art scene at this moment. My pal, Lightbomb’s gallerist and advisory director, Zoe Pena, curated this awesome show which consists of works by some of Manila’s finest artists working in multiple mediums. Some of the artists continue working in Manila, while others have left, continuing their practice elsewhere in the world.

In a more globalized aged when gaining information is as as fast as touching a button on your smartphone, or for others who can’t afford one, logging on quite inexpensively in an internet cafe, the nature of trying to “make it” in today’s world isn’t as much of a struggle or a journey as it was say for the last generation of Filipinos who have left the country looking to start a new life elsewhere. But with a growing middle class, a more stable political future, and the establishment of “call centres” in the Philippines’ biggest cities, to emigrate out of the country is not as big of a draw as it once was. These 28 artists, most of them educated in the Fine Arts right in Manila, seek to define what it means to be a Filipino ‘Native’ in whatever condition of ‘home’ they have set out for themselves in this digital age.

As award winning writer, Petra Magno, stated in her essay for the Exhibition’s catalogue, the concept of the “New Native” is clearly a focus on one’s “shifting dimension… a concept so cross-hatched with possibilities and beliefs that its lines blur. The new natives have set up their playground… and by encountering it, one comes home.” Yes gone are the days of those pastoral farms, nipa huts, and mango trees that once defined “Philippine Art” a generation or two ago. Now that the drama of moving into the city or another country, and leaving the province is over, today’s generation of Manila artists are working to find out who they are and where they belong in a state where the country they live in is not really as it was defined by the elders, nor is it the utopia that they believe is yet to be. 

The 28 artists in the show include works by acclaimed practitioners; Arnel Agawin , Felix Bacalor, Jed Esqueta, Dex Fernandez, Mark Salvatus, Stephanie Syjuco, Noberto Roldan, Romeo Lee, and my dear friend, Gel Jamlang, of whom I’ll be doing a Q+A interview for the blog.


Photos from the Lightbombs Contemporary x theWanderlister+ Preview Cocktails last night, April 25th 2014, with guests, friends, and supporters…

With Curator of WKCDA’s M+, Tobias Berger, and gallerist, Zoe Pena.


Spatial Practice’s architects, Erik Amir and Dora Chi, with Liquid Interior’s Rowena Gonzales.


ABOYNAMEDSUE.CO’s co-founder, Tania Reinert.


Amazing work by Artist, Arnel Agawin.


Architect, Dora Chi, with artists, Joao Vasco Paiva and Nadim Abbas (who will be hosting and designing the Absolut Bar for Art Basel this year.)


Producer, Jenny Suen, with my Feng Shui sifu, Thierry Chow and artist, Peter Yuill.


A Day With Fe’s designer, Fe Valvekens and her partner.


Work by Tanya Villanueva.


My pals Michelle Lai, founder and designer of MISCHA (second from left), Bite Me Magazine’s founder Katrina Tran, Jean-Phil Allegre, and Marcus Gstettner.


My crew, DJ Angus Wong, Tina Chu, Jenny Suen, Jim Morrall, and Bernadette Acuna.


Zoe in front of work by Norberto Roldan


What an amazing night. And of course, it ended over amazing Cantonese food, hip hop, trance, and beers (rightly so) at our favorite… Tung Po at Java Road Cooked Food Centre.






Top To Bottom, Works By: Arnel S. Agawin “Vigital in the West (2014), Jay Yao “Skyscape (2014)”, Marija Vicente “Play Money (2014)”, Neil Arvin Javier “In Dog We Trash (2014)”, Noberto Roldan “Sacred Is The New Profane 1 Dyptych (2010)”, Pancho Villanueva “Tibayan Mo Ang Loob Mo (2014)”, Stephanie Syjuco “Cargo Cults 2 (2014”, Wawi Navarroza “Terrarium no.X (2013)”, Gel Jamlang “Fall (2014)”, Felix Bacolor “Gloat 2 (2014)”.

A special thanks for our sponsors of the night; Absolut Elyx, Perrier Jouet, and Ayala Land. More Photos of the event on My Facebook Page Here.

VISIT New Natives: An Exhibition of Philippine Contemporary Art . APR 30 - MAY 30 2014 . Lightbombs Contemporary, Unit 2B1, Evergreen Industrial Mansion, 12 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong


theW+ Guide To 7 Design Events in 7 Days for ‘Design Week 2013’ in Hong Kong

It’s Design Week in Hong Kong and it starts today, Wednesday, November 27th 2013. There’s no official design week in the city, not yet anyway/or not really one worth paying attention for, but if there was any kind of “Design Week”, the next 7 Days will pretty much fill your Design-starved well. Here are the Top 7 Design Things to do for the next 7 Days in Hong Kong.

+ TANGRAM x G.O.D & THE POP UP SHOP / Wednesday 13 NOV 27  and Monday 13 DEC 02 . G.O.D and The Space Hollywood Road . SOHO District


It’s all about HK’s amazing independent fashion tonight, Wednesday, and next Monday and Tuesday, all taking place on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong’s very cool SOHO District. Tangram will be launching their capsule collection with G.O.D.  and fashion accessories brands M.I.S.C.H.A. and NIIN spearheads an amazing collection selection of labels, including Seventy Eight Percent, Cecilia Ma Couture, Mary Ching, Cordelia Bradley Millinery, J.J. Threads, and Daydream Nation, OR, Marijoli, Le Petite Caravane, and THYVANE (phew did we forget anyone?) for this one night shopping event at The Pop Up Shop at The Space. And don’t confuse this with another fashion event next Monday and Tuesday hosted by the Fashion Collective, a two day pop-up also at The Space with brands such as ABNS A Boy Named Sue, 15 Squarestreet, NIIN, THYVANE, Mime Vintage, plus vintage furniture by Casa Capriz, and flowers by Gemma Hayden Blest.

RSVP for TANGRAM x G.O.D. / RSVP for The Pop Up Shop / RSVP for Fashion Collective Store

+ JOAO VASCO PAIVA / Thursday 13 NOV 28 . Edouard Malingue Gallery . Queens Road Central . CENTRAL District


Joao Vasco Paiva, a multi-layered, multi-media artist who walks a fine line between art and design expressions, is opening his latest solo show in town this Thursday night, hosted by the Edouard Malingue Gallery in Central. Always using Hong Kong as his muse, this particular show for the HK-based, Portuguese native artist, looks further into revealing the collective unconscious layer created by the city dweller. The show will have video, 2D, and 3D sculptural works. 

RSVP for Joao Vasco Paiva  

+ DETOUR 2013: CURATING THE CITY / Friday 29 NOV 2013 . Hong Kong Island Various Locations


Launching Friday night, 29th November 2012, Detour 2013 will focus on bringing HK’s design exhibits beyond one location (as in previous years) to 5 locations around town; The Central Oasis Gallery, The Police Married Quarters (PMQ) in SOHO, The Henessy in Wanchai, Oi! in North Point, and finally the Shau Kei Wan Tram Terminus. This year’s organizers with Ambassadors of Design Hong Kong, are focused on bringing guests out to Hong Kong via special Detour Trams to discuss urbanism and design via workshops on trams and off. To see the complete programme schedule click on the link below or click on this Facebook Link.

RSVP for DETOUR 2013

+ HONG KONG INDESIGN / Saturday 13 NOV 30 . Hong Kong Island Various Locations 


Over 200 brands in 20 Showroom locations, Hong Kong Indesign is Hong Kong’s first ever Architecture and Interior Design oriented showrooms open house. Which means for one day, visitors can experience special project installations, lunches, events, talks, workshops from showroom to showroom over wine and canapes. No one will be walking because several shuttle buses are ready to transport guests from various show spaces from SOHO, to Wanchai, the Eastern area of Hong Kong. Brands and galleries participating and exhibiting include; Dedon, BW, Steelcase, ViA Poltrona Frau, ViA Poliforn Varenna, and much more. Events start at 9AM and end around 6PM.


+ IN BED WITH DESIGNERS + DESIGN TALK / Saturday 30 NOV 2013 & Sunday 01 DEC 2013 . Mini Hotel . CAUSEWAY BAY District


Join us this Saturday 6:15PM at the Mini Hotel in Causeway Bay when we discuss all things design, in bed of course, with other like minded fellows in Hong Kong like industrial designer, Michael Young, HKDC’s William To, KAPOK’s proprietor, Arnault Castel, writer Daniel Kong, and ourselves plus many more. The Design Talk is part of a larger initiative called In Bed With Designers, where for two days, 50 Designers will take over 3 floors in the hotel to display and sell their wares.  This event is organized by design e-commerce site buymedesign in association with Maison & Objet Asia.

RSVP for In Bed With Designers, Hosted by Buy Me Design



BODW Business of Design Week is Asia’s leading annual event on Design, Innovation, and Branding… as it relates to Business. Now in it’s 9th year, the latest BODW will focus on works by this year’s partner country, Belgium. For 1 week, industry visitors and design fanatics will get a chance to visit 11 Major Programmes, listen to 100 international speakers, and visit a variety of booths and exhibits. Special guests this year include Sou Fujimoto, Toyo Ito, William Lim, Six Lee, Joyce Wang, and Codelfy.


+ MARC & CHANTAL x CLOCKENFLAP MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL / Fri 28 NOV - Sun 01 DEC 2013 . West Kowloon Cultural District


Okay not really a “Design” event per se, but this three day music festival in Kowloon, Clockenflap, is really one of a kind. There will be design and art installations throughout, including an amazing series of interactive light installations all around by Marc & Chantal who are celebrating their 20th year anniversary. Here’s a little series of previews of the “light drawings” that guests will be able to play with…





Intense. I guess Hong Kong is not a “Cultural Desert” anymore.


Seen&Scene: Hong Kong Fashion Now! A/W13 Menswear Report Ft. Pye x MAP Office, THYVANE, Moustache x The Hub






While at this stage Hong Kong DOES NOT have a destination fashion week worth going to, (God knows more than a few people are trying and asking for it), this past month as I’ve reported, Hong Kong has just enjoyed it’s first international B2B Brands to Buyers event with launch of the The Hub. From what i’ve heard (I didn’t go because I’m neither brand nor buyer… plus it was at the Asia World Expo… plus i’m a full time architect) it went pretty successful. However I WAS able to attend some of the parties that were hosted off-Hub that week and as it so happened, all of them were Menswear-related events with brands all originally and independently Hong Kong born and bred.

+ PYE x MAP Office / The Space on Hollywood Road




Men’s shirt makers, PYE, celebrated their bespoke services and finely tailored collection of branded buttoned down shirts via a collaborative exhibition of graphic works by architects and researchers, MAP Office. The show, black and white prints displayed proudly in and around the walls of The Space on Hollywood Road, reflect the story of the PYE Shirt, and how every element of the shirt, including the source of the cotton itself, is proudly farmed in China within PYE’s own cotton fields. This proudly-made-in-China, from field to fabric approach to retailing, is something PYE is happy to sell, especially at an age when everyone is too busy labeling everything “made in Italy”, when we all know, resources and production are made here in China.

The quality of the shirts, its pattern, its dyes, and its fit are superb. And this is guaranteed in every PYE shirt, especially because they own the whole vertical supply chain, and not many shirtmakers in the world can say that is truly the case. 





Friends and family of the shirtmakers were treated to drinks, and were welcomed to try on PYE Shirts. Additionally some were brave enough to model the shirts for personal portraits in front of these beautiful panoramic black and white drawings by MAP Office.

I love how the brand is really integrating and relating with Hong Kong’s artists and creatives. Plus, it was great to catch up with brand founder, Dee Poon over drinks at the event as well. Can’t wait to see more from this brand.

WEAR Pye . Shop 111 Pacific Place, Admiralty Hong Kong

+ THYVANE / Time & Space in Sai Ying Pun








After making buzz with their debut at The Gift Shop by Tangram during Art Basel Hong Kong week, THYVANE, a premium menswear accessories label by ex-lawyer Roger Ouk, has finally made a grand debut via a one night pop up at Time & Space in the edgy Sai Ying Pun district. Friends, family, and supporters of the new label were out that night at full force. Guests were served unlimited amounts of special inventive cocktails created by the team at Time & Space and with sponsor Belvedere Vodka. By the end of the night, slippery fingers (including mine) went straight for the credit cards to purchase one (or a few) of the new neon-color blocked snakeskin ties from the “Promise and Power” collection. A video shot by Roger (with the aid of contemporary artist, Joao Vasco Paiva featuring his muse, Xue Tan) was projected on the walls to commemorate this new line which aims to explore the role of China in a position of political and economic power.

Friends spotted at the event include Roger’s partner and wife, Jade, plus e-commerce entrepreneur from A Boy Named Sue, Tania, and gallerist, Zoe.


Hong Kong muse, Lingzhi.


Net-A-Porter’s super lovely Lupe.


And of course the Man of the Hour. Roger.


Business that night went pretty well apparently… I think all the free Vodka helped out! Cartoon Network’s Edward, also an Instagram star, was a prime example of slippery fingers.


WEAR Thyvane . Kapok GF 5 St. Francis Yard, Wanchai, Hong Kong

+ Moustache x The Hub / House of Siren 





Not really a “Menswear” report per se, but just wanted to add a footnote, that the gents, Alex and Ellis of Moustache Tailors, have really been everywhere around the city lately. In collaboration with The Hub (they had an amazing set up at the fair itself) they were able to host a great party at the very theatric House of Siren space for VIPs and a few fair goers. The House of Siren is a multi-use space underpinned by an amazing fancy dress shop. It’s really a different world and perfectly fits the Moustache brand to a T. After The Hub, Moustache had another pop-up bar at last weekend at the FNO-Vogue-Lane Crawford event. I’m very happy for them. It’s great to see they’re doing so well.

Meanwhile check out these goodies they displayed at The Hub with leather makers, Stiibu. It’s truly POP. (photo via OMLBLOG)


WEAR Moustache . 31 Aberdeen Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


#ARTBASELHK13: Joao Vasco Paiva and Nadim Abbas Form-Scapes

What’s refreshing about having artists like Joao Vasco Paiva and Nadim Abbas (and to an obvious extent Adrian Wong) “perform” during Art Basel week in Hong Kong, is that these shows are not meant to be packaged in a nice frame and offered for sale as closed works, but rather meant to posit new ideas and paradigms to the global fair audience in town here to do “Business (capital B)”. If that’s what you’re looking for, neighboring galleries are doing retrospectives of established or dead artists, and there’s the convention center for everything finished and ready to go.

The Paiva and Abbas shows, exhibiting at the Goethe-Institut (with patronage from Edouard Malingue Gallery) and CL3 Studio respectively, offer not final ideas, but the beginning of one or at least an idea in transition. These two shows… one on top of the other (literally, one is on the 14th floor and one on the 15th floor of the HK Arts Centre across the street from Art Basel in the HKCEC), go bolder than a JJ.Abrams Star Trek fick, seemingly going warp speed somewhere, but in fact are just reflective studies of the familiar. Paiva extracts forms, surface, and texture from Hong Kong’s built urban surfaces and creates substance. Plainly speaking, his forms are molds created to preserve an urban texture… like tires, roads, or even the reflected concrete triangular waffle ceiling of the gallery space. Meanwhile Abbas obsesses over the parts that make us and magnifies the microscopic world. “Bodies” which reference viruses (HIV?) are carefully placed all over the floor and on fragments of mattresses while a poster of a rocket launching hangs eerily on a corner. 

No matter how far we look out there in the universe, the new form-scapes by Paiva and Abbas show us that we’re not done yet discovering the WHY’s of what we make and what makes us here on Earth, with plenty of uncharted territory left for them and us to explore together.

Exhibitions in association with Saamlung Gallery.

VISIT Joao Vasco Paiva: Objects Encrypted . Goethe-Institut Hong Kong 14F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road Wanchai 20 MAY - 08 JUN 2013 10AM-8:30PM M-F 1PM-6PM SAT . FREE / VISIT Nadim Abbas New Works . CL3 Architects 15F, Hong Kong Arts Centre 2 Harbour Road Wanchai 20 MAY - 25 MAY 2013


#ARTBASELHK13: theW+ TOP 5 ‘OFF-Basel’ Guide to Shops, Parades, Drinks, and Exhibits


It’s that time of year again. Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK) arrives for the first time in our great city with tons of buzz. For those who are new to all this, all you need to know that this art fair in Hong Kong is the 3rd largest art fair in the world, third only to Art Basel in Basel and Art Basel in Miami. Before the Art Basel brand took over this year, the fair was dubbed ART HK (see all my ART HK posts here). The fair grew so successful since its inception in 2007 that ART BASEL officially became the major stakeholder of the fair in 2011.

This year there wil be 245 galleries from the around the world with over 50 percent coming from Asia and Asia-Pacific.  Of the 245, 48 galleries will mark their first appearance at a fair in Hong Kong. The show will be presented in four sectors: “Galleries” for general work, “Insights” for Asia based works made for the HK Show, “Discoveries” for works by emerging contemporary artists globally, and “Encounters” for site specific works exhibited beyond the booth around the floor and curated by Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

Before we get further into the fair, so much is happening around the city with “OFF-Basel” (Official and Unofficial) Activities in the build up to opening night this Wednesday for VIP Members and Thursday for the General Public.


Here is our TOP 5 ‘OFF-Basel’ Guide to (Official and Unofficial) Events and Exhibitions Outside Art Basel Hong Kong:

+ ‘PAPER RAIN’ A Public Parade by Arto Lindsay


This multi-media parade built around the idea of cinema, unspools along the Victoria Harbourfront and on the Star Ferry. Contributions from Nadim Abbas, Haegue Yang, Angela Su, João Vasco Paiva, Korakrit Arunanodchai, Alice Ma, Enoch Cheng, Otomo Yoshihide, Cedric Maridet, Kung Chi Shing and Shane Aspegren, as well as more special guests to be announced.

Art Basel Hong Kong is eager to invite the public to take part and participate in this public event commemorating the first day of Art Basel in Hong  Kong. The parade begins with a choir performance at the HKCEC Expo Drive Entrance. Then officially commences from Central Pier No. 10 (ferry will take public from Wanchai to Central). Parade will take artists and public to the Victoria Harbourfront and will end with an electro-acoustic performance by Otomo Yoshihide.

23 MAY 2013, Thur 16:30 - 19:00 / Public Parade Begins at HKCEC Expo Drive Entrance and Ends at the Viewing Platforms at the Victoria Harbourfront / Free and Open To The Public / Weblink


+ The Saamlung Three: Nadim Abbas @ CL3, Joao Vasco Pavia @ Goethe-Institute, Adrian Wong x Absolut Art Bureau @ Fringe Club




The highly celebrated Saamlung may have ceased operations as a commercial gallery in January 2013, but its space-less expansive projects and works are going the non-commercial route with new shows for the week of Art Basel Hong Kong curated by founder, Robin Peckham

Expect new works by its core group of artists, Nadim Abbas, Joao Vasco Paiva, and Adrian Wong (under the Absolut Art Bureau curation)…in three spaces. Abbas’ animated GIFs and molecular structures will be exhibited in an architect’s studios at CL3. One floor below, Paiva continues his formal studies at the Goethe-Institut spaces, and supported by Edouard Malingue Gallery. Wong will have a very interesting “art bar” installation at the Fringe Club with animatronic jazz bands, geriatric lounge singers, Asian porn soundtracks, and surly waiters from a soy sauce steak joint. 

Nadim Abbas at CL3 Architects 20-25 MAY 2013, 15F Hong Kong Arts Centre 2 Harbour Road Wanchai / Joao Vaco Paiva at Goethe-Institut Hong Kong 20 MAY - 8 JUN 2013, 14F Hong Kong Arts Centre 2 Harbour Road Wanchai / Adrian Wong Wun Dun Art Bar with Absolut Art Bureau 22-25 MAY 2013, BF Fringe Club 2 Lower Albert Road Central / Free and Open to The Public / Weblink


+ MOBILES by Xavier Veilhan 



Word on the street is that Xavier Veilhan may erect site specific MOBILES at Galerie Perrotin’s 50 Connaught Road  home. This week expect a group of recent and never-before scene mobiles of varying shapes and dimensions. Veilhan is known for his site-specific interventions in cities, parks, and living environments (most recently iconic Lautner homes in Los Angeles.) 

Veilhan, as a multidisciplinary artist, is “possessed by a highly personal artistic universe inhabited by a heterodox range of characters, objects and animals. Through these devices, the playful component emerges as a fundamental element in evoking a reality populated with symbols, metaphors and other semantic ambiguities.” These timeless studies a transformed into iconic objects that aim to communicate via a “POP” language.

Xavier Veilhan’s Mobiles / 21 MAY - 6 JUL 2013, Galerie Perrotin 50 Connaught Road Central HK / Free and Open To The Public / Weblink


+ The Gift Shop by TANGRAM


For the second year in a row, Tangram will make Hong Kong’s best independent art, design, and fashion available for all Art Basel guests to take a little something back from Hong Kong with them as gifts for themselves or their loved ones in the world. Yes, it’s the long awaited annual, The Gift Shop, a 2 day pop-up concept shop to be located in Tangram’s studios in Chai Wan Mei (the art and design spaces within Chai Wan’s industrial district.) 

Tangram’s newest collections will be on sale, but so will the rest of these amazing independent brands:

Stars & Tart (silk scarves) / Ferse Verse (paper products) / Hammer & Needle ( Leather Goods for Men) / Harlex (leather goods that can be personalized) / Gemma Hayden Blest (pressed plant collages) / 15SquareStreet (Men’s accessories) / TheYesterdaySkin (vintage and repurposed womenswear collection) / Or-Play (thoughtful children’s toys) / La Petite Mort Preserves and Jams (by Ashton Winkler, ex-Heirloom) / Teahka / MatterMatters (women’s accessories) / Tangram Loves Jaycow (bespoke headpieces with Jaycow Milliner) / Driftwood x Grafter by Michael Leung / Signed Prints By HK Illustrators Kitty Wong, Emilie Sarnel, Emilie Eldridge 

Although Tangram’s founder Paola Sinisterra is perfectly happy with the “Off-Basel” annual shop to stay in Chai Wan, something tells me that this initiative should be closer to the fair next year because it is a treat for guests from out of town to go to a one-stop-shop for all the “CURATED” independent and design goods from our city. And I say curated because that HKTDC Design Store at the Convention Center and Hong Kong Airport just DOESNT Cut it. NO Offense to Anyone.

The Gift Shop / 24 - 25 MAY 2013, Tangram Studio, Unit 1701 Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 2 70 Wing Tai Road Chai Wan / Free and Open To The Public / Facebook Page and Instructions for Transportation


+ Wong Chuk Hang Art Night


With the Chai Wan Mei galleries and design space unveiling open studio programs for Friday and Saturday, I’d like to highlight another new Art District on Hong Kong Island… the Wong Chuk Hang Art District composed of a group of gallery spaces with include Spring Workshop, Blindspot (annex), Rossi & Rossi, Pekin Fine Arts, Gallery EXIT, and Alisan Fine Arts.

This Thursday night will be their “Art Night” with exhibits by Qui Zhijie, Fang Lu, David Adamo, Christopher Orr, Yang Xinguang, and photographs by Ai Wei Wei, Gu Zheng, Han Lei, Zhao Liang, Qiu Zhijie, and RongRong to name a few. Should be fun. Plus the SPRING space is amazing. (See previous post.)

Wong Chuk Hang Art Night / 23 MAY 2013 Thur 17:00-23:00, 3F Remex Centre 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road (entrance Heung Yip Road) Aberdeen / Free and Open To The Public / Shuttle Bus Available at Art Basel Hong Kong Expo Drive Entrance Starting 18:00 / Weblink

I will see you at all these things… well me or my clones.


Urban Reveries; My Top 5 Favorite Works at This Year’s AAA Fundraiser

Non-profit Art organization, Asia Art Archives (AAA) ultimate aim is to raise $6.5Million US for their endowment in order to continue their core work in Hong Kong, which is to archive and accumulate works, stories, and idedas as it relates to Asia’s contemporary art in the new millennium.

85% of their archive is donated material, and whether it be online or their physical space in Sheung Wan, all materials are free and open to the public to access. Starting today you too can support AAA as well as own a piece of work by any one of Asia’s hottest contemporary artists to date via the Archives’ Annual Fundraiser 2012. Proceeds of the pieces at auction can be bid online or bid live depending on the block for each work. All pieces for auction go on exhibit starting today at Sotheby’s One Pacific Place from 10AM to 5:30PM. Preview ends on the 23rd and live auction is this Saturday, November 24th. 

Check out my Top 5 Favorite works on the Auction block.

+ Dream 2007 No. 8 / JING Kewen / Lithograph, 65 x 65cm (SILENT LOT 37)

Jing Kewen’s works have been exhibited prominently in Europe and the United States. Primarily using Oil as his main medium, Jing Kewen’s very formal approach to painting often depict young figures amidst city scapes and architectures, using old 1950s photographs as a jumping off point. It’s not really political as it is aiming towards iconic romance.

+ Lanwei20 Tomorrow’s Resort Taipei, 2009 / anothermountainman (Stanley Wong) / Archival Inkjet Print / 109.2 x 174 CM (LIVE LOT 9)


Lan Wei reflects Stanley Wong’s obsessions with mankind’s abandoned construction projects when the economic bubble bursted in Asia in the mid 1990’s. This study, which began in China in 2006, has spread to documentation of other equally haunting ghost sites in the region such as Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur. 

+ Al Gubaiba, 2012 / Joao Vasco Paiva / Acrylic and Offset Print on Canvas / 60 x 60 x 2 CM (SILENT LOT 68)

Joao Vasco Paiva is a Portuguese artist who has actively been producing great work from Hong Kong since he moved to the city in 2006. This particular painting reflects his formal studies in 2D and 3D which lean towards symbols, shapes, and topographies with an architectural implication. For example he took the Al Gubaiba (DUBAI) Subway Map and removed it of lines, text, and content, whats left is an alternate reading of the same subject matter via new form. His aim is to create or reveal a new facet of information from his urban studies.

+ Gloucester & Gloucester, 2001 printed in 2012 / LEUNG Chi Wo / C-Print / 35.5 x 55cm (SILENT LOT 47)

Co-founder of Para/Site Art Space, Leung Chi Wo is one of Hong Kong’s most prominent independent art figures. Leung Chi Wo usually works with Hong Kong as the main subject of his works, questioning history and identity through text and photography. This work is an offshoot of the artist’s Colour Series (1999-2003) and deals with perception of the urban space through the photographic capture and subsequent tweaking of the composition. 

+ Light Year No.9, 2006 / LIU Wei / Oil and Acrylic Paint on Metal Plate / 80 x 80cm (LIVE LOT 11)

Beijing born Liu Wei was recently named Artist of the Year in 2007 via the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards and showcased at Art Basel Miami Beach and the Lyon Biannial in 2007. Since then Liu Wei has shown in the Shanghai Biennial and exhibited his first show in London via White Cube Gallery this year. Liu Wei works with multiple mediums from sculpture, to film, to installation, to print. His works touch upon the human and social condition via dream figures and fantastical narratives.

Do you see a common thread in all the work above? Anyway, curious to know what your favorite pieces are in the auction. Check it out at the preview, and let me know!

SUPPORT AAA Fundraiser 2012 / Preview 20-23 November and Auction 24 November at Sotheby’s 5F One Pacific Place, Admiralty HK.


Para/Site Moves Up With 2012 Art Auction

It’s Fall at the end of the year, and you know what that means… Art Auctions. Yes, we attended the Annual Para/Site Art Auction this year located at Lane Crawford’s very cool One Island South company digs and was hosted by Board of Directors, William Lim of CL3, Yana Peel, Executive Director/Curator, Cosmin Costinas, with live auctioneer, Jehan Chu of Chaiwanese. 

Cosmin and Jehan below. 

It was really interesting to attend this particular auction, especially because i’ve been going to Para/Site auctions ran by Jehan for so many years now. I still remember when the auctions were small and held at the KEE Club back in the day. And now it’s a full dinner affair with friends and supporters. Very neat to see how far Para/Site Art Space and its programs have evolved over the years.

Ignacio checks out works on display for Silent Auction.

Some of my favorite pieces include this abstracted architectural topography by Joao Vasco Paiva, titled High Tide (2012) which sold at live auction for 42K HKD. The work was graciously donated by the artist and Saamlung Gallery.

This metallic skateboard by Olafur Eliasson, Your Mercury Ocean (2009), was donated by Vitamin Creative Space, and sold for 100K HKD.

I really liked Lot 62, a selection of prints by Sunjung Kim, Anton Vidokle, and Nikolaus Hirsch.

This one I liked, a DVD by Ming Wong, called Honeymoon In The Third Space (1999).

A good seller, Heman Chong’s, muted geometric composition from Never Let Me Go (2011), caught my eye. This painting on canvas sold well at 50K, and is a donation from Vitamin Creative Space.

Are you cool on your island? I absolutely loved this work by MAP Office, titled Honeymoon Island (2011), which I hope found a great home via silent auction.

This print, Cheng Ran’s Still of an Unknown Film (2008), sold at 60+K HKD, and a donation by the artist.

And there was no way I can do a post about Hong Kong art, without a work by my favorite artist, Nadim Abbas. This piece, Chernobyl_Core.gif (2012), is a print donated by Abbas and Saamlung Gallery.

The work of emerging artist, Trevor Yeung drew plenty of fans. Here G.O.D.’s Benjamin Lau and Alan Lau admire Yeung’s work, Sleepy bed (Sao Paulo Hostel 1) (2012). Yeung photographs subjects, usually male, all around the world, and turns them into multi-layered compositions which involve the photographic image as well as an overlay of illustration.

Next to the work, Lot 30, is a piece by Antony Gormley. Body XI (2011), was the biggest seller of the night and sold at 160K HKD by an absentee bidder. The work was donated by the artist, and Vitamin Creative Space.

In attendance was artist, Adrian Wong, and Xue Tan. Adrian was actually working on the composition for his Fall 2012 Saamlung show with his rabbit. Dont Ask.

We also spotted Alex Seno and Lane Crawford’s Eliot Sandiford. Thanks Alex for the invite!

Great to finally meet Claudia Albertini of Platform China.

The room was full of super couples as well. There’s no art shindig without the following… Tangram’s Igancio and Paola who will soon be unveilinga new collection in December. Here they are channeling the work of Chow Chun Fai, aptly titled Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (2011), which sold at live auction for 75K HKD. Perfect.

Supercouple #2, FIOL Prosecco addict Pietro and Whitney of the Gagosian Hong Kong. 

Supercouple #3, Tim and Marc, here standing next to Yuk King Tan’s The Mandate of Heaven (2011). Love.

Supercouple #4, cool peeps Michelle and her husband, Varun. Great to see them here.

Twitter Supercouple Bonus, my gal, artist Yuk King in Tangram. Hello Yuk!

The tables at the canteen.

Whitney’s favorite works.

Pals on my table, Benjamin and Alan. Nice to meet you both!

Para/Site IS Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art space, the oldest, and most active. They exhibit, they publicize, they create discourse, and you wouldn’t think that based on their tiny space in Sheung Wan, that they are paving the way for many emerging artists. The point is, they’re moving spaces and adding curators, and they’re thinking big. Check out the works that were at auction here.

That said if you missed out on the Para/Site auction, but would still love to purchase work as well as contribute to a good cause, the Asia Art Archive Annual Fundraiser site is now up, and you can actually bid on your favorite work online. Yes. Contemporary Art at your fingertips. Many of whom had works that sold well at the Para/Site Auction. Good luck!

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"All Space is Future Space, and All Space is Fiction." Saamlung Proclaims, as it Opens This Friday.

Landscape 50, 2010 / Chen Chien-jung / Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas, 130x162cm

The title of this post is from gallerist and curator of Saamlung, Robin Peckham, and pretty much sums up the theme of THE inaugural interdisciplinary group show that is No One To Hear You Scream which will celebrate its opening night this Friday, February 17th 2012. The show will feature the work of Taiwanese artist, Chen Chien-Jung, Chinese Gao Weigang, Macanese Photographer João Ó, Dutch Sculptor Frank Havermans, American Sculptor John Powers, LA-Based Yaohua Wang, and English artist Piers Secunda

Urban Model Series / Frank Havermans / Acrylic on Cardboard Model

As with previous Saamlung exhibitions, it’s obvious Robin’s interest in the point where design, architecture, art, and urban disciplines intersect will be further explored in this exhibition via science-fiction motifs and current studies of Object-Oriented Philosophy and Feminist New Materialism. Namely works will address issues of “Space” in different ways, either in its composition of it, or the creation of the “Space” around the work, which was already explored a bit via exhibitions by João Vasco Paiva and Charles LaBelle as soft-opening shows for the gallery.

The Third Interior View, 2008 / Gao Weigang / Oil on Canvas, 180x220cm

Don’t let this scare you, in fact let it entice you further to witness a new collection of works by a group of artist, some who are exhibiting in Hong Kong for the first time. And these guys are big where they come from. Gao Weigang was the winner of the ArtHK Art Futures prize last year and Frank Havermans has shown recently in the Shenzhen/HK Biennial Exhibition of Art and Architecture is known mostly for his provocative architectural installations. Chen Chien-jung’s architectural paintings (visual collages?) were recently exhibited via a solo show at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

Thresholds-Jiantan Underground, 2011 / João Ó / Chromogrenic Print Mounted on Aluminium, 160x120cm

In true Saamlung fashion, I expect this show to be as tight and as focused as the rest of them, and no less engaging.

Chen Chien-jung, Gao Weigang, Frank Havermans, João Ó, John Powers, Piers Secunda, Yaohua Wang: “No One to Hear You Scream” / 17 February - 31 March 2012 / Opening: 17 February 18:00-21:00 / Saamlung, 26F Two Chinachem Plaza, 68 Connaught Rd. C (135-137 Des Voeux Rd. C.), Central, Hong Kong / Tues.-Fri. 11:00-19:00, Sat. 12:00-18:00 / / 


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Your Art Agenda This Week, Wanderlisted 11.12.08 // Charles LeBelle, Linus and the Feel Good Factory, and the One World Exposition

Who says Hong Kong lacks culture?

I may be in cold and wet New York, but if you’re lucky enough to be in Hong Kong this week, there are a few shows worth highlighting and visiting that will make me envious that you’re there right now and I’m not. It looks like the group show at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery on December 8th seems like a sure thing, exhibiting works by a group of international artists working with the theme of “Elemental Forces”. December 9th, is more difficult if you want to check out all that HK has to offer in terms of art and culture. For a continuation of the art/design/architectural theme of Joao Vasco Paiva began with the first pre-show at SAAMLUNG, Charles LaBelle will present his own group of works dealing with architecture and spaces with the gallery’s second pre-show starting Friday night.  For video and film enthusiasts, OSAGE Kwun Tung will be one of several venues hosting the VIDEOTAGE ONE WORLD EXPOSITION, highlighting the works by Chinese and Hong Kong filmmakers and multi-media artists from Cao Fei to Johnny To, also launching this Friday night. Last but definitely not the least, if you’re into performance art you’ve really got to check out my friend Linus Hui at XXX this Friday night. I can’t really explain what it’s all about, but for sure, it’s something special and unique for Hong Kong.

+ FORCES: A Group Show / 10 Chancery Lane Gallery . Dec 8

Works by Carol Lee Mei Kuen (HK), Ken Matsubara (Japan), Lindy Lee (Australia), William Furness (UK/HK), Xiao Lu (China)

Forces explores the works of five artists and how they interact. Playing on the idea of the Chinese five elements and the effects they have upon each other as a constant action and reaction. The system of five elements was used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. The artists in their processes all work in a way incorporating the forces of nature into their dynamic and use varying elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water creating a dialogue between them.

Opening, Thursday December 8th. 6:30-8:30 / 10 Chancery Lane, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, (Behind the former Central Police Station / Victoria Prison) / Tue - Sat, 10am - 6pm Tel: (852) 2810 0065 / / 

+ GUILTY: Works by Charles LaBelle / SAAMLUNG .  Dec 9

Saamlung is hosting solo exhibition of new work from Hong Kong-based U.S.-born artist Charles LaBelle, focusing on the work Guilty (2009-2011) as a component of his long-term project Buildings Entered (1997-ongoing). As the second of three scheduled pre-opening projects for the gallery, this presentation introduces a project that continues a focus on architecture, bodies, and alienated urban space initiated by the first exhibition of work by João Vasco Paiva. Charles LaBelle is widely known for Buildings Entered, his ongoing lifework for which he documents every building he enters, regardless of location or situation; he then executes drawings of some buildings, occasionally on the pages of books. For this exhibition, LaBelle has sketched some 176 buildings of religious or spiritual significance—churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, cathedrals, cult headquarters, and tombs—on the pages of the text Guilty by Georges Bataille.

Opening, Friday December 9th, 7:00-9:00 / Saamlung, 26/F Two Chinachem Plaza, 68 Connaught Rd. C (135-137 Des Voeux Rd. C.), Central, Hong Kong / Tues.-Fri. 11:00-19:00, Sat. 12:00-18:00 / /  

+ VIDEOTAGE Presents THE ONE WORLD EXPOSITION / Osage Kwun Tong . Dec 9

Works by aaajiao, Eric Siu, Ou Ning, Cao Fei, Linda Lai, Wang Jianwei, Danny Yung, Wang Zhenfei, Wang Luming, Teddy Lo, Yang Fudong, Johnnie To

12 of the 18 media artists in One World Exposition will be exhibited at Osage Gallery, Kwun Tong opening Friday 9 December, 6-9pm. The media artists from Hong Kong and Mainland China will be presenting new collaborations and special pieces reflecting on the future of contemporary Chinese art in fields ranging from video and film to lighting, theatre, computer games and interactive media.

Gillian Chung in Jiang Zhi’s 0.7% Salt, 2009/video/color/8’35”

Hostage, Wang Jianwei 2008/video/color/32’

In addition to the exhibition at Osage Kwun Tong, there will be a room dedicated to 20 films by video artists from Mainland China screened continuously throughout the period. On the opening night, there will also be a special performance by artists Wang Jianwei and Danny Yung (8-9pm) and the launch of a new collaborative installation by Wang Luming and Wang Zhenfei at Osage Open.

For more information please visit

Opening, Friday December 9th, 6:00-9:00 / Osage Gallery Kwun Tong, 5/F, Kian Dai Industrial Bldg, 73-75 Hung To Rd, Kwun Tong, Kowloon / Exhibition Dates: 10 Dec 2011 - 8 Jan 2012 / (852) 2537 0688 / /


Linus & The Feel Good Factory is made up by factory manager Linus, a handful of mastermind elves, and a dwarven workshop. It has been making bizarre paper costumes and cute little paper creatures since 2009. Following the massive success of experimenting in 2010, the factory decided to launch a self-help guide in 2011. Thus Linus Knows How began. Linus Knows How is a tell-tale instruction for all situations: from child birth to contraception, from orgies to the salvation of your soul. Most of them sarcastic, and all are depressive. On 9th Dec, 2011, Linus & The Feel Good Factory will play Agony Aunt and teach you something about Love, Relationship & Sex. We will show you the route to the hearts and to the groins. A little paper set will be constructed especially to celebrate the occasion. You are welcome to take photos, with a small token of thousand HK dollar notes. The exhibition is at 7pm at 9th Dec, 2011 at XXX Gallery; open to public.

Opening, Friday December 9th, 7:00 – 10:00 / XXX, 212 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong / RSVP on Facebook


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White, Minimalist, and Hot; Saamlung Opens With Palimpseptic

Supporters of the arts were out to celebrate the launch of Robin Peckham’s newest commercial gallery space Saamlung in downtown Central Hong Kong on Friday. The press release did state that the exhibition opening for a much awaited solo by João Vasco Paiva, was supposed to be a softer launch, but in fairness to the turnout it ended up turning into the opposite of “soft”. Saamlung was big enough, and the ceiling heights incredible, but if people were spilling out into the hallway, no amount of aircon was available to turn down the heat emanating from the event. Nasty evening rain couldn’t keep the crowds away either.

The artist, João Vasco Paiva, with Leung Chi Wo.

The works, a series of paintings, a sculpture, and a video installation, all deal with symbols, signs, wayfinding, codes, and armatures, inspired by Hong Kong’s relationship with the MTR, the city’s subway system. Joao works with all media in an effort to expand on his subject matter from all possible angles. All subjects seem familiar, but at the same time devoid of their original context, because the figures depicted are stripped entirely of text and number, making the piece of work completely new and foreign to the viewer, despite its familiarity.

Video Installation.

The Turnstile.

The paintings complimented the sculpture and vice-versa, with the all white space completely perfect for the minimalist art.

Spotted: Tangram’s Ignacio Garcia (left), Robin Peckham (center), and Jehan Chu of Vermillion and Chaiwanese (right), with a friend.

I’m a big fan of art editor/author/blogger, Xue Tan (middle). She was really down to earth which I love, here chatting with MAP Office’s Valérie Portefaix.

If you don’t remember, Xue Tan was responsible for the amazing portraits of graphic designer, Lingzi Zhang for Tangram’s S/S 2012 Campaign.

Other funny spottings, Valerie’s son within a wall gap serving drinks to guests. It was a bit performance art. Valerie proudly snapping shots of her son below.

Osage’s social media guru and #HKFashionBlogger Sybil Kot with the multi-tasker/Asia Art Archive/Saamlung Gallery Manager (i’m sure i’m missing something), Natasha.

Osage’s Jade.

Other cool peeps at the show. I love her glasses.

Xue Tan’s friend.

And me and Xue.

This was some really great work by João. Also kudos to Robin for an amazing gallery space. It really reminds me of the kind of galleries you see in New York. Additionally you REALLY should check out Xue Tans website, The Creators Project, right now. Its the kind of content I’d love to do if I did blogging full time. She works on it in conjunction with Intel and Vice. Her latest article is about China as the World’s Architectural playground.

MVRDV’s China Comic and Animation Museum below.

Hope to collaborate with Xue Tan in the near future.

RELATED ARTICLE: Saamlung Pre Opening, Works João Vasco Paiva

João Vasco Paiva: Palimpseptic / Saamlung, 26/F Two Chinachem Plaza, 68 Connaught Rd. C., Central District, Hong Kong /


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