A Decaying Parisian Utopia

Some haunting and beautiful photographs taken by Laurent Kronental of Noisy-Le-Grand, a decaying Parisian suburb built after the Second World War that provides a glimpse into the distorted view of utopia of architect Ricardo Bofill. via MessyNessyChic

Lan Wei

Constructions ceased, concrete buildings stayed. Anothermountaiman highlighted the "exotica of opposites between grey lan wei and bright dreamy fantasy folk" in his exhibition. A back translation of the word "lan wei" is broken end. How sad to see construction project which the end is not complete, well executed and giving false hope to people who are in need of such space that could be home or dwelling area to many.

Lanwei Exhibition by anothermountainman Date: 7.10 - 11.11.2012 Venue: Blindspot Gallery & Blindspot Annex

the art of clean up

Swedish photographer Ursus Wehrli has recently published a book, The Art of Clean Up, and has received a lot of attention for its humourous and obsessive compulsive take on daily life. Watch his TED 2006 conference talk, and view more of his photographs where he has strangely and neatly re-organized everything from cars, pine needles to the letters in alphabet soup. Once you start, it seems you just can't stop.

D.I.Y. rag & bone

For their latest campaign, the boys at Rag & Bone took a different turn and asked their friends, such as Miranda Kerr and Karolina Kurkova, to point the lens - at themselves. Giving them a camera and a bag of clothes, they created a D.I.Y. project and the results are intimate portraits and candid snapshots - exactly the type of thing you don't see in other fashion campaigns.

David and Marcus from Rag & Bone have invited a few of us in Hong Kong to join the mix, and there will be an exhibition of the images in-store at Lane Crawford next week. Stay posted and see how we decided to express ourselves.

dry ground

The Horn of Africa needs our help. The lives of millions of Africans across Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya is in threatened by one of the most severe drought and famine-stricken crises in the world. Support Unicef, Red Cross and OCHA and help end what BBC has called “the worst drought in 60 years” to hit the continent.

Our friends are organizing a fundraising silent auction next week to help and make a difference. Please come support, bid on a photograph and stay for a few beers. Dry Ground at The Culture Club Gallery, 15 Lower Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong. Friday September 23, from 7-11pm

andreas gefeller

Photographer Andreas Gefeller's show at Hasted Kraeutler is a simple exercise in noticing patterns and complexities within simple situations. His "Japan Series" concentrates on the chaotic cluster of telephone poles that are ubiquitous in urban areas. But when digitally stitched together against a stark white and black background, the perspective is distorted and you are not certain if you are looking up or down, close-up or far away. Either way the results make for interesting images. "Andreas Gefeller. The Japan Series" runs from March 31 – May 14, 2011Hasted Kraeutler, 537 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10011

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.

blindspot annex opening

One of our clients Blindspot Annex recently had its first show called "A Departure from Reality III: The Tender Truth" featuring Maleonn & Jiang Pengyi and curated by Janet Fong. It doesn't look like a lot of people were there but that's because it's an overwhelming 6,000 square feet and these photos were taken towards the end of a thunderstorm-filled evening. The show was a success and owners Mimi and Chris have done an impressive job of turning a former top-floor raw industrial laundry facility into Hong Kong's best gallery space. We cannot wait to catch the next opening and visit their rooftop.

Check out the show: 3.9 – 30.10.2010 at Blindspot Gallery (Central) Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00am to 7:00pm / 11.9 – 31.10.2010 at Blindspot Annex (Wong Chuk Hang) Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 11:00am to 7:00pm (during exhibition) / by appointment





return of manifesto

ysl reversed by 12 sep, YSL will be giving out this tote in milan, london, paris, nyc, tokyo, hk and seoul [1st time in the list!]. i really m not a big fan of ysl...but i like the way they advertise/promote it...i mean it's been a while since some brands are really doing sth to make a noise, i'd love to see more otherwise it'll be really boring!

massimo vitali

We are drawn in by the density and layers in Massimo Vitali's photography. His pictures of the masses sitting on a beach or garden, no matter how tiny or crowded a stretch it is, reveals so much about human nature — mostly our excess and awkwardness. While others seek the pleasures of being amongst the chaos and conformity, Massimo just plainly captures it in all its filth and random glory. vitali_01.jpg