Spent couple of hours visiting galleries in central to see some work in person. All but 2 of the galleries focussed on a single artist and some where in the process of changing artists so it felt like I didnt see very much. I was focussed mainly on how they were exhibiting their work.
Visual Candy and Natural History by Damien Hurst at Gagosian Gallery.
This is old work from the 1990’s but still interesting to see in person. The gallery offers a standard white walled space. The exhibit contrasts mostly colourless dead animals against fun bright paintings. The animals included a bird, a chicken, calves including a severed head with blood pooling on the floor and sharks encased in glass filled with formaldehyde. These were both grotesque and interesting to see the detail. They were positioned in the middle of the rooms so that you could walk around to see from all angles whilst viewing these bright fun paintings of what looked like sweets. The paintings were very repetitive so once you’d seen a couple you’d seen them all which to me seemed to act as a background to the animals which were the focus of the exhibit. There were no labels for the artwork on display, you had to ask to see this printed on a piece of paper. This suggest the names are less important when viewing the work. Although I thought the titles would help explain the work. This exhibit could be useful if I see something I want to be the focus that contrasts with much of what I see in my environment. For example contrasting a wheeled bag against the ornate plants seen all around my home.
Living in Compassion by Chu Hing-Wah at the Hanart TZ Gallery.
This was a more traditional display of paintings. I found the ‘City of Gold’ interesting in the way it displayed a man on bicycle looking at the hills behind the towering city of gold. It seemed to me to be showing that there is a strong connection with the natural landscape, a longing to escape the city which almost cuts out the natural landscape. The work is painted in ink and looks flat with a more traditional chinese feel. Whilst the gold city is bright and takes up most of the painting the man at the bottom still grabs your attention and there is connection with the clouds in the sky via a thin white section of the city. There is a large element of repetitiveness in the buildings. This is somewhat reflective of being in the central area of Hong Kong but where I live its more the opposite with the landscape dwarfing the dwellings. Theres also a feeling of repetitiveness here with the landscape displaying the same ornate plants.