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Some Assembly Required

One of us from Whitespace was fortunate to experience their first Rugby Sevens in the South Stands this year, dressed as a Lego Man. Mixed in with the US Postal Service Team, Hong Kong Taxis, Words with Friends, Pure Fitness instructors and morph suits, Team LEGO stood out in their boxy outfits and realized that the bright yellow head served as a target as well as offered some protection from the rampant beer tossing happening all over the stands.

Here are some of the highlights of our Sevens, from transforming some basic household objects into one of the most iconic costumes at the event. LEGO will never look the same to us!

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Mother Russia

I truly admire Pussy Riot's feminine power in awakening worldwide concern over the life of women in contemporary Russia. I always wonder how the life of women in Russia is in a men-dominated society. Perhaps, answers can be found at "Mother Russia" which is a group exhibition by emerging 4 Russian Photographers. The exhibition attempts to reflect the images of Russian women from different perspectives, providing an opportunity for Hong Kong people to glimpse this mysterious and ever-changing Eurasia country. It is an incredible chance for us to think about the freedom of speech, especially to Hong Kong who has growing conflict of interest with China.

Venue: The Salt Yard
Duration: 19/1 - 24/3 2013, 12n - 7pm, Thu - Sun

Details HERE

"David Bowie is" Exhibition

When we are talking about London's nightlife of yesteryear, ones will not be missed are the Punks and also a signature punk icon, David Bowie. The Victoria & Albert Museum has been given an unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 300 objects will be brought together for the very first time, e.g. lyrics, fashion, photography etc. The exhibition's concept is derived from David Bowie's famous song "Heroes" and also a book "We Can be Heroes" which has the most detailed account of London's coolest people in nightlife.

The exhibition will start from 23 March and end on 28 July 2013. If you don't have a chance to stop by London for the exhibition, make sure you get a copy of "We Can be Heroes".

Exhibition details

Pedderzine Uncatalogued

The culmination of 10 previous issues, the 11th edition of the Pedderzine - Exhibitionist - explores the creative world of On Pedder and its seasonal edits over the past five years. Since its inception, Pedderzine has delivered thought provoking imagery that epitomizes the irreverence central to the On Pedder identity. Pedderzine’s adherence to artistic collaboration remains constant, exploring sensory natures through prominent visual editorial partnerships and photography. Exhibitionist invites the viewer to a collection of the most captivating images and scenes from the publication’s past issues. To bring the Pedderzine archives to life, On Pedder presents a pop up artspace at On Lan Street, curated by Shin Wong, wrapped inside an enigmatic box. On Pedder has invited Hong Kong’s power-duo video artists – Yamanyamo, to explore the magazine’s deeply conceptual roots through an innovative new media artwork. In additional to the exhibition, the Queen’s Road Central window of Joyce sets the stage to showcase the treasure trove at On Pedder.

Exhibition runs from September 21st–October 3rd , 2012 Inaugural Vernissage Opening on September 20th 2012 7 On Lan St, Central, Hong Kong

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JR is going to exhibit in Hong Kong

JR is a photography comes from Paris, He has described himself as a "photograffeur", as his works are not framed and hanged in gallery only, his works are exhibited in every city, every place and everywhere. He states that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world. And always create large impact with the photo and environment. The Wrinkles of the City / Shanghai   / 2010

Women Are Heroes / Brazil   / 2008 - 2009

He is going to have an exhibition named as " Pattern" at Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, on September-November. Go there to feel how's the impact of his artworks!

The office site of JR

The site of Galerie Perrotin

make happy those who are near and ...

Stumbled across a blog post with a headline "Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come." and that attracts me tremendously. The author, Cristina Chapman, attended the Manchester Design Symposium 2012 just 2 weeks ago and got inspired by some key speakers like Adrian Shaughnessy - renowned graphic designer and writer of How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul  and Will Hudson - founder of It's Nice That, but more by Morag Myerscough - founder of Studio Morag. It's quoted "The person who inspired me the most was Morag Myercough, she has been a designer for the past 20 years but only in the last 10 years she has been doing exactly what she believes in." Morag has done a lot of way-finding design and instilled her quirky sense into many valuable organizations such as children's hospital, Deptford project by transforming an unused train into a cafe. It's indeed a life long journey for all designers to explore what truly resonates their dreams and things close to their hearts. Stay truthful and original.

fotanian open studios

Fotanian will be opening their gates during the Fotanian Open Studio weekends on January 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 14.00 to 20.00. For each of these weekends, all artists in this area are welcoming you in their studios. With over 80 studios and over 300 artists participating, Fotanian Open Studio has grown to an unprecedented scale. There will be guided tours, workshops, seminars and other special events. Check it out today!

tsang tsou choi at saamlung

Saamlung is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work from the late Hong Kong outsider artist Tsang Tsou Choi, perhaps best known by the epithet from which this exhibition borrows its title: the “King of Kowloon.” From the golden years of midcentury colonial Hong Kong almost to his death in 2007, Tsang was notorious for the distinctive writing he left across the terrain of the city: believing that his family had once been deeded the rights to the land now constituting the core of urban Kowloon, the artist engaged in a monomaniacal project of righting this ancient injustice by executing calligraphy describing his genealogical and political situation on lamp posts, electric utility boxes, fences, walls, and other publicly accessible surfaces from one end to the other of the former British territory, demanding his righteous returns.

Fortunately recognized for his aesthetic output well before his death, Tsang Tsou Choi is widely known throughout Hong Kong and across greater China as a fixture of collective memory, an integral element of the urban texture of the territory. Until now, however, much of the attention he has received from the cultural world has positioned him in the realm of street art and design, resulting in all manner of product collaborations and visual inspirations on consumer objects.

As the first exhibition of work from Tsang Tsou Choi in the commercial gallery context, this project positions him as the historical precedent for an alternative future; that is to say, we trace back to his position a certain rupture within Hong Kong art history by which we might locate in his stance the first properly contemporary artist in a region still haunted by the ideological specters of modernism. By offering certain possibilities for public intervention alongside a concerted disavowal of social responsibility, Tsang becomes, in retrospect, a key figure for cultural production today. This exhibition examines his work as painting, as calligraphy, and as sculpture; in approaching the artifacts of his practice as contemporary art, a measure of spatial perspicacity and conceptual rigor emerges.

The core of the exhibition focuses on a series of some half-dozen pieces in ink on board and cloth, large scale paintings that hold their own within even the most recent discussions of the return to analytical expressionism in non-figurative painting today. Further works on display include a number of pieces in pen on paper and several calligraphic-cum-sculptural interventions carried out on objects like umbrellas, lanterns, and utility boxes. Vintage photographic documentation of Tsang Tsou Choi and his work installed in situ is also available separately for research and perusal.

Tsang Tsou Choi, who passed away in 2007 after a lifetime of outsider aesthetic production, was the artist better known as the “King of Kowloon.” Born in Guangdong in 1921, he moved to Hong Kong in 1937 and, after discovering certain documents amongst his possessions, came to believe by 1956 that he was the rightful ruler of a portion of the British colony. Spending decades in conflict with the police and courts, Tsang insisted on writing out his genealogy and understanding of the world as calligraphic graffiti across Hong Kong, claiming this urban space for himself and his family. By 1997 he had become known to the art world, and was included in a series of key exhibitions by curators Hou Hanru and Hans Ulrich Obrist, including the traveling project “Cities on the Move” and the “Zone of Urgency: Canton Express” project of the 2003 Venice Biennale. His work belongs to a number of private collections, and has most recently appeared at the Sotheby's sale of a portion of the Ullens Collection.

Saamlung is the commercial gallery and project office founded by critic and curator Robin Peckham in 2011. Located in downtown Central, Hong Kong, the gallery presents work by emerging and historically significant artists from greater China and around the world in concise solo projects, curated group exhibitions, publications, and other satellite events.

Sang Tsou Choi, "King of Kowloon" 14 January through 11 February 2012 Opening 14 January, 18:00-21:00

Saamlung, 26/F Two Chinachem Plaza, 68 Connaught Rd. C. (135-137 Des Voeux Rd. C.) Central, Hong Kong

Above text is provided by Saamlung Gallery.

the laneway festival 2012

Don't you just feel like to have more outdoor music event after going to the Clockenflap earlier? The Laneway Festival is here again and there would be one holding in Singapore next February 12.  In their own words, "The Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what's fresh and great and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers. The size of the festivals, the locations and the way we encourage community all form part of the way in which the Laneway team strive to present an urban music experience like no other."

sunny clockenflap 2011

Clockenflap + 2 full days of glorious weather = unforgettable and chilly fun tunes in the open air! Took a few snaps of our studio friends Jing Wong from Daydream Nation and Jay from China Stylus. The venue at West Kowloon is great, we just need more, more, more of these events in Hong Kong! Jing mesmerizing the crowd with his acoustic guitar and harmonica at the same time!

Jay FC on the other booth is spinning some techno tunes, everyone is high!

dodge-o-rama

Whitespace has been busy this month - not just with our usual work but also with organizing a heart-pumping event for a good cause.  Bringing together Hong Kong's creative forces, Dodge-O-Rama is a fun tournament between 6 local studios who will compete for the champion's title. It's win, lose or dodge! Dodge-o-Rama is a satellite event of this Detour 2011. In the spirit of this year's theme "Use-less / Eco / Recycle", the winner of the competition will get to donate proceed raised from the event to an eco-NGO. Come and join us for an evening of fun and creative networking on December 2nd from 7-9pm at the HK Football Club!

modern mahjong

Alessi during the Beijing Design Week earlier has transformed the gallery space into a mahjong room, filled with 12 tables, eight of which displayed the tray prototypes. Each table had four drawers opened to reveal LCD panels displaying detailed information about the products and the show itself. A specially commissioned soundtrack depicting the ambience of a mahjong room played in the background combined with the whispers of the eight design concepts. One table was set aside for a set of 144 mahjong blocks, each depicting one of alessi's iconic products. the reading room, full of alessi products and publications was painted red to represent the color of the forbidden city.  This is another interesting interpretation of our tradition with a modern lift!

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in memory of wu guanzhong

Master Wu Guanzhong's contemporary art piece is my all time favorite as I fall in love with his talented craftsmanship in Chinese painting and conceptual expression of the nature. He has donated another 33 paintings to Hong Kong and those would be exhibited in the Hong Kong Museum of Art from now till April 2012.

 

a date with rag & bone

lab by Lane Crawford welcomed Rag & Bone to Hong Kong with a special collaboration, and in-store exhibition. Here are some snapshots of the evening.

Installation of Rag & Bone's D.I.Y photos.

The lovely Sarah Fung talking to fashion blogger Tina Leung of Tina Loves.

New York-based Confetti System's festive holiday decorations for the shop.

Paola Sinisterra of Tangram gets playful with the decor.

Danielle and Marcus having a laugh after one too many sakes.

Kevin Poon, Stinger Wong and Cindy Ko at Yardbird.

Rag & Bone's David Neville, Marcus Wainwright and Catherine with Stinger, who pulled this all together with his team.

The night goes on...

stylin' : personal expressions of beauty

Join our friend Emily Eldridge at her next group show, called STYLIN' : Personal Expressions of Beauty. In the exhibition, six artists showcase their very different works. Installation artist and sculptor Movana Chen weaves paper into dreamy organic forms; while illustrator, makeup artist, and founder of her own label Wahahaha Factory, May Sum showcases her colorful characters and the imaginary world they inhabit. Ronan Leung, a graphic designer and illustrator, uses punchy color combinations in his quirky illustrations, and illustrator Emily Eldridge's fashionable characters are cheeky females with an edge. Spanish shoe designer Hermenegildo Muxart showcases his brand of luxury shoes under his 22-year-old internationally recognized label Muxart Barcelona, while painter Wesley Terpstra explores his attraction to local Hong Kong ephemera through his stenciled abstract painting series.

Opening reception of the exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 10th, from 7:00-10:00pm at LaBelle Salon. Ground Floor, No.1 Glenealy Tower, Central, Hong Kong. Runs through Dec. 10th, 2011

tangram launches at whitespace

Our friends at Tangram launched their Spring/Summer 2012 collection earlier this week at Whitespace. Here are some snaps of the event, which drew a great crowd of friends, buyers and press who gathered around drinking champagne and admiring the pieces on display. Husband and wife team Paola Sinisterra and Ignacio Garcia have worked incredibly hard on this collection, and the love and knowledge for their craft shows in the details, fabrics and prints. Hear more about what fashion-blogger Divia Harilela from The D'Vine says about their launch collection. Until they find a stockist, please order from them directly at hello@tngrm.net