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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ART HK12 (Part 8): Lee Kit, ‘Art Futures’ Top Prize

Art on theWanderlister+ by Xue Tan

ART HK12’s Art Futures section offers an exciting glance to young artists and galleries, and makes the fair viewing a rather innovative exploration that contrasts with the expected appreciation of blue-chip art. In the second year of Art Futures, Hong Kong artist Lee Kit wins top prize with a site-specific project titled, Something in My Hands, via the Shanghai-based Aike-Dellarco Gallery.

Lee’s art evokes an ambiguous feeling derived from mimics of daily life environments, and a familiarity with a language build up by an alphabet that appropriates the aesthetics of common hygiene products. His practice arises from early paintings that were often involved with happenings, to the current format of atmospheres and spaces created by sets of works, ranging from paintings, objects, videos and light.

This year, the prize’s judging panel included Lars Nittve, Executive Director of M+, the contemporary art museum in Hong Kong’s soon-to-be launched US$2.1 billion West Kowloon Cultural District; Elaine Ng, Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific Magazine; Okwui Enwezor, Nigerian-born American curator, art critic, writer, poet, and educator specializing in art history. 35 Galleries/Artists competed for the Art Futures prize this year.

Artist, Lee Kit, below. Photo taken by theWanderlister+ at ART HK12 at the Lombard Freid Projects Booth.

+ On showing at ART HK12 for four galleries

[The work] depends on the communication with the galleries. My working relationship with Aike-Dellarco Gallery is more loose, they trust me fully, I had more freedom, and we spent less time on talking. Of course, these four galleries have different perspectives. The installation in Vitamin Creative Space is not a space based project, I wanted to create an inexplicably emotion, I used the term “aura field” to describe it during our planning. I am grateful that four galleries gave me the best spaces in their booths.

Lee Kit / Something in My Hands (2012) at ART HK12’s Aike-Dellarco Booth.

+ On his recent projects and spatial conceptualization

I am traveling a lot in recent years, I used to go to the exhibition space before I plan the works, the final results were as expected. Now it works like a “reaction”, I go into the spaces, and the plans come out naturally. I start to visualize my projects when I receive the pictures of the space, I also take the on-site conditions in consideration - the lighting, and other elements in sum, to direct what kind of works and feelings are most fitful.

Lee Kit / Something in My Hands (2012) at ART HK12’s Aike-Dellarco Booth.

+ On his work process

For now, I can’t describe the feelings that I want to express in my works, but the process goes very smoothly when I arrive at the space. My reaction to it is almost immediate. Before the team understands what I want, I already ran out for purchasing materials, and once it is done, they understand.

Usually, there will be a lot of changes on the original plan when I arrive to the site. Sometimes I change more than half of the whole project. I am not interested in the intervention on the architectural space, I always look for the same elements like sunlight, a corner, or the largest wall.

Lee Kit / Something in My Hands (2012) at ART HK12’s Aike-Dellarco Booth.

+ On the use of hygiene and household products as key elements in his work

I did not realize that in the beginning, it was a peculiar obsession, I like these products. And it also works like this - when I think of someone, his/her name would appear in my head, and eventually transform into one of the product’s name like Nivea, I associate a person with a product somehow, it wasn’t conceptual or critical.

I grew up in Hong Kong, a British colony. When I was young, I went to the supermarket with my mom everyday. I looked at these products everyday, and a wild imagination grew in me, they become part of me. When I look at myself in the mirror during shower, I see these brands. They become portraits, and they are related to emotions.

+ On his exhibition Henry (Have you ever been so low?) at Vancouver’s the Western Front

The “Henry” refers to the Hong Kong politician Henry Tang, I made an association here. The exhibition was held in Vancouver, a city with a large “Hongkongese” community. My concept was to promote Henry Tang, then I found the idea pointless, so I turned this Henry to a common individual, like a lot of bourgeois Hong Kong immigrants in Vancouver. I imagined Henry Tang moving to Vancouver when he gets old, living in a big house but full of guiltiness and regrets. This guilty feeling is similar with what we feel when we wake up in the middle of the night, and can’t go back to sleep, the emptiness kills you, like you did something wrong. I hate the so-called “Political Art”, it always turns to be a selling piece in museums and galleries. Political acts should be conducted out there.

Lee Kit / Something in My Hands (2012) at ART HK12’s Aike-Dellarco Booth.

We thank guest contributor Xue Tan of the The Creators Project and for her interview with the artist, Lee Kit, seen here first on theWanderlister+ Asia as part of our series on this year’s ART HK12. The full transcript of this interview will be available on Artinfo Online. We also thank gallerist/founder of Aike-Dellarco, Roberto Ceresia, for access to the works and letting us photograph on site.



Xue Tan, art writer, producer and curator is based in Hong Kong.