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rat's cave

ratscave_10 Our friends over at street art crewStart From Zero have opened their first concept shop and mini gallery called Rat’s Cave. Just like the name of the store, Rat’s Cave is a secret place for street artists - deemed hidden members in our society, decorating our pavements and sign posts with stickers, graffiti and stencils. All fashion and art lovers are "welcomed to explore street life inside the Rat’s Cave". Inside we found a lot to love including a little bolt-hole for their shop cat.

Apart from their namesake label Start From Zero, they also carry other labels including local art crew Graphicairlines, world-exclusive Californian hot-rods label Loser Machine, and the American tattoo and rockabilly label Lucky 13.

The gallery and shop will regularly hold different exhibitions; the first one is called “Introducing Rat’s Cave”, a solo exhibition by Start From Zero and was held last Friday. The gang was out in force eating chicken wings and downing Lucky beers. We're excited to welcome the crew and a new hang-out to the neighbourhood. Rat's Cave is located at 香港上環太平山街 18A-B 地下 G/F, 18A-B Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

let's get lost

letsgetlost ‘Let’s Get Lost’ is a special collaborative art book by Whitespace and photographer Dan Pak and featuring Ana R. To celebrate the publication of this exclusive book and exhibition, a launch event will be held at Whitespace this Friday December 10th followed by the 5th anniversary celebration of the studio.

This project began as a dialogue in 2009 about a shared vision that goes beyond their everyday roles as photographer and a creative studio. Featuring images of Ana R, the result is a striking book that showcases the unique talent and versatility of both creatives that goes beyond the scope of their daily practice and client projects. Whitespace, who celebrates their 5th year anniversary on the same date, will publish a collaborative art book every year with a photographer. ‘Let’s Get Lost’ is the first in an original series by Whitespace.

Two parallel stories take place in ‘Let’s Get Lost.’ A photographic one that follows the story of a girl, Ana R., through moments of solitude as she makes her way through a journey that explores the intrinsic need for a deeper human connection in Hong Kong — a city that is constantly busy yet so often detached. The other is a story constructed from graphic lines and shapes that float beneath the surface of every page in a French-fold book created by Whitespace. The rhythm of the photographic images on each page is echoed in a series of chaotic yet carefully balanced forms.

Together, ‘Let’s Get Lost’ tells a story of loneliness and isolation in a city where the feeling of drifting is often unrecognized and overlooked due to the constant barrage of human contact. In a city like Hong Kong, one is seemingly never alone. It's about being a stranger in a strange place, but also about finding meaningful connections and a space of one’s own, whether real or imaginary, free or confined.

Let's Get Lost exhibition and book launch on Friday December 10th, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm for press and invited guests. Whitespace 5th Anniversary and after-party from 8pm to 11pm by invite only.