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

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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

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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. 

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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

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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.

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Hong Kong muse, Lingzhi.

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Net-A-Porter’s super lovely Lupe.

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And of course the Man of the Hour. Roger.

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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.

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

+ Moustache x The Hub / House of Siren 

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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)

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

JJ.

Seen&Scene: A SPRING Evening With Qiu Zhijie

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Last Saturday brought a balmy and drizzly Spring evening to Hong Kong, but at the Wong Chuk Hang Industrial District, it was all smiles and pleasant conversations as the arts community rallied around Spring Workshop’s latest artist-in-residence, Qiu Zhijie, one of the mainland’s most celebrated artist and thinkers of his generation.

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Inspired by Spring Workshops’ delightfully expansive and flexible space, Qiu began making full use of the large areas of of wall and floor for a very specific mapping exercise which only can be accomplished in such a site.

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The neutralness of the walls and the beige floors allowed Qiu to think of them as a blank canvas, a datum in which ready-made objects, “found, made, free, and confined”, can be categorized and mapped, with a help of students from all of Hong Kong’s schools and universities, namely the University of Hong Kong, City University, Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Arts School, HKICC/Jockey Club Ti-ICollege, Diocesan Girls’ School, Hong Kong Academy and Po Leung Kuk Laws Foundation College.

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And when we went there last Saturday… he was close to completion…

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But more was left to do. The exhibit officially starts on May 23rd.

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Also a work in progress, but in a completely different scale, is the work of Eric Shuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu of Eskyiu in the back garden area, titled, Industrial Forest

Below, Marisa sits within her work as she takes photos of me taking photos of the landscape. Behind her stands Laurent Gutierrez of map office, another celebrated mult-disciplinary architectural studio doing great work in / for the city.

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The Industrial Forest is a forest composed of metal “bamboo” rods securely placed on artificial topography. This synthetic nature comes alive, the rods swaying back and forth, with the affect of use and natural weather conditions. Imagine a typhoon!

You can find the scale model of the project in the office.

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… As well as the architectural drawings.

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So many friends and supporters were there that night to rally around the artists as well as founder, Mimi Brown's non-profit arts initiative. Also spotted were Art Basel Hong Kong's Director Asia, Magnus Renfrew (Check out our interview with him last year), art patron and writer Alex Seno, restauranteur and creative Alan Lo, art muse Xue Tan, Art Basel Hong Kong’s VIP coordinator Deborah Erlich, creative consultant Louise Wong, write and curator Christina Li, artist/educator Leung Chi Wo, and my pals Katrina, Jason S, Jason R, and Susan.

Dinner was served on the beautiful lawn and deck area outside.

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There’s a map on the table…

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Balls on the floor can be kicked around to create new word structures, concepts, ideas… the purpose of which to create a more dynamic version of mapping which involves the user and the space, via the propositions of the artist.

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Can’t wait to see more from Spring Workshop? Go take a look for yourself. The doors are now open.

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VISIT Qiu Zhijie and Eskiyiu’s Industrial Forest @ Spring Workshop, 3F Remix Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, HK

JJ.

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!

ART Para/Site

JJ.

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 Artinfo.com 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.

ART HK12 ONLINE http://www.hongkongartfair.com / AIKE-DELLARCO ONLINE http://www.dearco.it / LEE KIT ONLINE http://www.lee-kit.net

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Xue Tan, art writer, producer and curator is based in Hong Kong. xue7749@gmail.com

Leica x Swire Hotels Features Exhibition of Photographs, Including Work by Xue Tan

Following the initiatives of working with local creative talent, Swire Hotels’ House Collection: The Opposite House, Beijing and The Upper House Hong Kong have collaborated with Leica camera, commissioning four local photographers, two from the respective cities to photograph the properties with the themes of Beijing opposites and Hong Kong views from the top, using a Leica camera of their choice.


An exhibition will be held at The Opposite House Beijing and The Upper House Hong Kong over February and March 2012, showcasing a diverse and eclectic mix of new perspectives on the Houses, seen through the lenses of different Leica cameras (film and digital) and the four post-80s generation photographers.


Additionally, a competition was also held for themed submissions in October-December 2011 and the winning entries of the grand prize and top five entries will be also on display.

Madi Ju shot with the LEICA MP/ 35mm f2.5, Hanchao shot with the M7/35mm f2.5, Mandy Yeung shot with the LEICA M9 /50mm f2.5 and Xue Tan shot with LEICA MP/ 28mm f2.8

Exhibition Dates: February 24th to March 4th, 2012 / The Upper House L6 and L38, 88 Queensway Road, Admiralty, HK / For more details of the project, check out the Swire Hotels blog here and here.

JJ.

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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 / http://www.saamlung.com

JJ.

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