BeFast.TV Celebrates the Highlights of Art Central
Being the newest kid on the block of art fairs, Art Central Hong Kong has achieved immense popularity and cemented its position in a brief period of time. Now running in its Third Edition, from March 21 to March 25, 2017, the Art Central HK welcomes over 100 galleries from around the world, a fair strongly pushing the content of artists from Asia Pacific with a myriad range of art. From traditional to contemporary art, mixed media, digital art and gigantic installations, Art Central HK was an amalgamation of everything you could and would never imagine!
Across the harbourfront, decked in all-whites tents, with a sprawling 10000 sq.ft. area, BeFast.TV gets the highlights of most compelling artworks we selected during our visit to the fair.
‘SHAREVARI’ BY YURI SUZUKI FOR SWAROVSKI
London-based Japanese-born sound artist Yuri Suzuki collaborated with Swarovski to present an interactive sound installation called “Sharevari”. The musical installation enchants you, right at the entrance of the art fair. The Sharevari, a mechanical crystallophone consisted of 16 brass and crystal structures with sensors.
The visitors could just interact with the crystal symphony using the bodies to produce sound.
RED CHADOR: BAN ME BY ANIDA YAEU ALI
The Red Chador by Anida Yaeu Ali came as a thought provoking performance using religion as an aesthetic medium. Making a statement by wearing sequinned red “hijab,” Ali’s theme was perpetuated by fear towards Islam and the people’s reaction towards Muslims and refugees in particular.
STONE STORY BY TANG JIE
Beijing-based Tang Jie’s Stone Story (2015) installation using stones and drums, embodies the artist’s yearning for calm and peace in a natural landscape. Through this brilliant artwork, he shows the struggle to break away from the cacophony of a bustling city life, claiming a space for tranquillity and serenity.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME BY MEHWISH IQBAL
Pakistan-born and Australia-based artist Mehwish Iqbal’s Home Away from Home (2016) features complex hand embroideries on silk paper which depict stories from her home country on the partition, despair, the crisis of identity and migration and correlating it with the current situation of Syrian refugees.
What caught our instant attention was a video sculpture called Sex Sells by swiss artist Marck. Shot artistically, encased in metallic installation, it aroused curiosity amongst the art enthusiasts.
More such hip and cool works were showcased by the Taiwanese Art Gallery Blurider ART such as Acrylic on Canvas by Brigitta Rossetti. This work mixed identities on social media and the big multinational companies milking on the current trends, leaving a pedigree of lonely millennials.
JULIE (ATTITUDE) BY DANIEL FIRMAN
Daniel Firman’s, Julie (Attitude) 2016 sculpture was so real-life that I mistook it for a real human, taking some rest after a long walk of visiting numerous art galleries. But lo and behold, Julie was a work of Painted Resin, Steel, Clothes, Wig and yet she looked just like us.
Contributed by Sanchita R.