Saturday, June 23, 2012

In Art We Live

K11 at Tsim Sha Tsui is the very first Art Shopping Mall. I was fascinated by the art pieces displayed on different parts of the mall. It feels like I'm in a museum but surrounded by retail shops. It's a good idea to encourage art appreciation in the community. 

1. Home Sweet Home by Kenny Li Koon Yin
Medium: Corrugated paper, cloth and wood

This is my favorite piece. This was the first artwork that caught my attention. I loved the patterns he used for the pillows and how he incorporated it with recycled materials. This will make any plain room stand out. 

2. Sweet Delight Mona Lisa by Maurice Bennett
Medium: Canvas, flame and toast

From afar, you would think that this is a painting, but if you would look closely, it's entirely made of toast.
Isn't that fascinating? This was created by the "The Toastman" who has a massive collection of art pieces made out of toast. Over 6000 pieces of toast were used to create this piece. He used flame as his paintbrush in order to create different shadows and skin highlights. Very creative indeed =)

3. Installation: Suitman Travels to Brobdingnag & Lilliput by Young Kim

This is the main feature at K11 Piazza. This installation is a gigantic sixteen feet tall Suitman inflatable with his mini versions. This is the first art installation of the Public Fair No. 1 art collection. I believe Suitman is a replica of its creator because they look alike =) The story of the Suitman is quite interesting because he ensembles the travelling life of Young Kim.

 4. Meet Me in the Shade by Eileen Wong
Material: Aluminum, stainless steel and acrylic sheets

I first saw at the basement level thinking that it's the mall's design. I took a picture of it because I found it really pretty not knowing it was a featured artwork. This reminded me of the woods as described in fairy tales where the trees and plants feel like they are in harmony with the chirping birds.

 5. Weeping of the Sea by Zhang Hua
Medium: Resin, enamel paint

The artist used complicated and intricate folds to depict the sea's emotions. From what I could see it is full of waves and it seems like it had faces that wanted to say something. 

6. Captain by Deborah Butterfield
Medium: Metal

The artist is very fond of horses having her own ranch. Actually one of her horses is named Captain.
Her work most;y involves horse sculptures made out of different materials like wood and metal. With her exposure at her ranch, she was able to master the solid form of a horse.

7. The Reading Room by Jane Dyer
Medium: Pine wood and particle board shelves with books

With my love for books, this installation caught my eye. This was created by an Australian artist based in Beijing. According to an interview, she likes her work to provoke questions rather than give answers. I'm sure she loves books and I like how it was 'messily' arranged.

8. Duo Color Double Polyhedron Lamp by Olafur Aliasson
Medium: Stainless steel, Color-effect filter glass, LED lights

This looks like a big piece of crystal. It's brilliance makes it look elegant and very classy. The artist emphasized on tricks of light and refraction. The mirror-like surface creates an illusion as it reflects its location. You won't hardly recognize the LED lights because you would think it's sparkling from the outside.

9. Flying Leaves by Danny Lee
Medium: Copper

This remind of how dried leaves fall from the tree during fall. The sculptor was able to portray the drama and movement of the leaves as they slowly fall to the ground as they are carried by the wind.

10. Ken Ken by Zhang Hua
Medium: Resin, enamel paint

It's like a man melting. The layers of distortion creates a strong impact on the audience arising curiosity and uncertainty.

11. Shadow by Kum Chi Keung
Medium: Polyurethane with stainless steel structure

It looks like they are made of lego but they are not. In my interpretation, it's message is about freedom and travelling. For me when you travel, you carry the bag of knowledge and experience and that stays with you wherever you go. 

12. Sand Rippled by Tide by Mok Yat Sun
Medium: Stainless Steel, Brass and Wood

Camouflaged as benches, these cloud-like sculptures conveys vitality and imagination. It's like inviting the audience to stop and relax.  

Inspired by the art-themed trip to the mall, I collected random snapshots from my HKG trip and added some dash of color and effects. Enjoy =)

Introducing: My Artscape in HK Collection

I hope you enjoyed the artsy side of my trip to HKG as much as i did. =)

K11 is located at 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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