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SFW brings works by 20 contemporary artists to Hong Kong

by Sophie Cullen on Jul 12, 2016 in Lifestyle
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Curated by Robin Peckham, SFW is an exhibition that pushes the boundaries of Hong Kong’s often restrictive art scene

Featuring 20 contemporary artists from across the globe, SFW (simultaneously alluding to both "Safe for Work?” and "So F**king What") seeks to bring together a range of different genres and thrust them into the eyes of the Hong Kong viewer. Realising that labels such as ‘street artist’ or ‘graphic designer’ can often do more harm than good to the identity of an artist, the exhibition drops all labels and simply celebrates the talented individuals whose work is on show.

Robin Peckham, Laurent Segretier, Wing Shya, Yvette Tang

Robin Peckham, Laurent Segretier, Wing Shya, Yvette Tang

“Hong Kong is home to some of the most creative talents in the world, but it can be hard to find them. This is because, however visible and flamboyant they may be, it's hard to know what kinds of category they might fit into. Labels like contemporary art and street art are relatively new, and have only exploded as self-sustaining systems within the last decade. Today, everyone is talking about, looking at, and buying art, but this wasn't always the case. Many of Hong Kong's most brilliant artists started and built their careers not on the circuit of galleries and art fairs, but rather in the worlds of design, fashion, photography, music—everywhere,” notes exhibition curator Robin Peckham.

Cary Kwok Revolution

Cary Kwok Revolution

Brackmetal Illustrations

Brackmetal Illustrations

Ray Zhang Liang Football

Ray Zhang Liang Football

SFW includes pieces by a multitude of practitioners from around the world, all of whom contribute to this way of looking at contemporary culture in Hong Kong. Some works in the exhibition were commissioned by brands and private clients for commercial projects, the products of day-jobs and gainful employment, while others were produced independently in the artists' studios. A range of different mediums have also been utilised in the production of the works, such as sculpture, photography, freehand drawing and print making.

Ren Hang Photography

Ren Hang Photography

Prodip Leung in front of his illustration Monster Pit

Prodip Leung in front of his illustration Monster Pit

Participating Artists

Afa Annfa (HK)
Ben Venom (US)
Brackmetal (Australia)
Cary Kwok (HK/UK)
Core (Japan)
Guan Feng Dong (China)
James Jean (US)
Jan Curious (HK)
Jay Fanakapan (UK)
Justin Shoulder (Australia)
Kristen Liu-Wong (US)
Laurent Segretier (France/HK)
Maricor/Maricar (Japan)
Michael Lau (HK)
Prodip Leung (HK)
Ren Hang (China/US)
Simon Birch (HK)
Tessar Lo (Canada)
Wing Shya (HK)
Wong Ping (HK)
Yeung Hok Tak (HK)
Zhang Liang (China)

 

Details

SFW

Venue: G/F, Shop 8 & 9, Kwan Yick Building Phase III, No. 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun

Exhibition Period: Until August 6, 2016

Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 11am – 8pm

More info: www.forwardassembly.com

SFW is curated by Robin Peckham with Scenography by Laurent Segretier
SFW is produced by FORWARD ASSEMBLY (www.forwardassembly.com) – creative platform founded by Wing Shya and Yvette Tang

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