The more these big name galleries open up in Central, the more art enclaves expand west and east of the Center. As I mentioned in the previous post, Art Island East in Chai Wan (the end of the blue line) has become a go-to hotspot for art and artist studios, but also popping up in Sheung Wan are your design shops (Konzepp 33 and Signed-by) and in Sai Ying Pun, you’ve got Jasper Wong’s above second (as in Second Street) art space, specializing in unsigned and new graphic artists, and as of late, street/non conventional art.
On June 24th, above second played host to the opening of the Charles Munka solo show, titled “EPISODES”, a series of graphic prints and illustrations on canvas and paper.
A completely graphic window designed by Charles Munka greets visitors at entrance.
The work, black pen and ink on white paper, are large scale reproduction of pages from the artist’s notebooks.
Charles Munka, also known as QUES, is a member of the French art crew, LCP United, and has made a name for himself within Hong Kong and globally through his exhibitions and live collaborations with the likes of Andrew Meza’s BTS and Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder collective.
From above second:
Munka’s style is strongly influenced by hip-hop and the progressive L.A. beat scene. Using mixed media, Munka’s work captures a new style of art that blends more traditional aspects of graffiti and his identification with contemporary and historical imagery from film, video games, and pop art.
At the end of the gallery space you’ve got this amazing piece, which I feel is really the highlight of the whole exhibition.
I personally felt that the work above reminded me a bit of this:
And maybe a bit of this, Picasso’s Guernica:
With a bit of texture much like Basquiat’s work:
So basically I just mentioned to him that I liked his work because it was a bit Mayan, a bit Picasso, and a bit Basquiat. Im not sure what he really thought me of when I mentioned Guernica and Basquiat to him… but he completely got the Mayan reference. As in it really was his influence.
The artist, Charles Munka
Also spotted, Musician ReBEARTH Chuckles and Model + Kapok Ingenue, Chris
Graphic Designer, Emilie Sarnel and above second’s Jasper Wong
and MC Yan of radiodada.hk, wearing a shirt he’s designed. I have one from him in English I got from the Kapok Naihan-Li Exhibit.
“Episodes” by Charles Munka / Above Second, 31 Eastern Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong / p: 852.3483.7950 / e: firstname.lastname@example.org / above second website
Charles Munka / e: email@example.com / p: 852.6647.9402