Sunday, 24 May 2015

Checking Out Affordable Art

A Yue Minjun image made of tram pictures
This afternoon I went to check out the Affordable Art Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It's much smaller than Art Basel, but without the pretense which is refreshing, as the works on sale range from HK$1,000 to HK$100,000.

There's no limit -- use receipts to make art!
There also aren't as many outrageous pieces, keeping it focused to a practical, novice crowd. Interestingly while 62 percent of the galleries were from Hong Kong, the second-biggest showing was from South Korea at 22 percent, followed by Singapore (12 percent) and Japan (3 percent).

A lot of the art on show was very accessible, and for the most part fun. How about the painting of Hello Kitty crossing out the "C" in "Celine" and writing "F" on top for "Feline" by Andre Tan for HK$16,250?

Zoie Lam busy drawing cartoons on the wall
Another cool one was by Aldo Williams, using thousands of images of Hong Kong trams and maps to create a collage of a Yue Minjun-like image, which is why it is titled Thanks to Yue Minjun1, for HK$29,100.

We also liked the Mona Lisa found object collage by Jane Perkins, definitely a one-of-a-kind for HK$33,250, and if you had that on your wall, you'd probably find something interesting in it everyday, with all the different items in there to recreate Leonardo da Vinci's most famous portrait.

Another painting by Kim Yeong Su called Sunset Clouds and Trees in Spring (HK$45,000) looked like a cross between Chinese realism painting and Monet's waterlilies. Go figure.

One piece that caught my eye was Scott Chan's series of colourful drawings called Holiday (HK$4,000), that on closer look reveal they were drawn on receipts from cosmetics shop Bonjour, and supermarkets Wellcome and Park N Shop. Now there's no excuse not to make art anywhere.

A collage of Mona Lisa by Jane Perkins
Another popular artist was Ric Tse, who creates diorama scenes out of Lego and then photographs them. All of his pictures relate to Hong Kong in some way, attracting interest from young and old.

A few artists made art in front of visitors, like Zoie Lam, who drew numerous cartoon-like characters on the wall that looked funky.

I finished going through the show in just over an hour. Events like these get the public more exposed to art which is a good, and also learn the value of art, instead of just hearing the astronomical prices for big names sold at auction.

You too can have some decently-priced art on your wall!

A mashup of portrait and waterlilies

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