ArtSlant - Closing soon http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/show en-us 40 Wang Taiping - Today Art Museum (TAM) - April 20th, 2013 - April 22nd, 2013 <div style="height: auto;" class="text"> <div class="inner"> <p>The opportunity of going to Tibet for shooting came from a choice made after Wang Taiping’s deep thought. He decided to re-experience the great successful career he had achieved for 20 years and tried to find the implication and power. Shooting in Tibet is usually the traditional destination and choice for a photographer : exotic culture, ancient history, Shangri-La impression, the mysterious religion, which au arouses the desire of lens. But for Wang Taiping, the decision for shooting in Tibet was based on his thinking: how to connect his new expectation for photography with the experience and thinking he is seeking for, lonely and difficult as well as the heart’s experience, so that on the exploring road, deviate from the confusion and skills for photography he has lost in the past, find out the real life for surveying life and society; it firstly needs to return to the firm and prudent inside, light the inner light, obtain the energy of thinking and action. So, Taiping went to the depth of Qinghai and Himalaya area. He walked and contacted the unique environment, life and people here, his camera was close to them -- the yogi, ordinary Tibetans, children in his lens were in Wang Taiping's line of sight that he observed, which showed their generous and calm understanding of life. The state of being is perhaps the hint for Taiping recovering his self direction, his photos has brought a kind of subtle experience for time, a sense of quietude by contact, with a kind of calm temperament, it seems that the staring brings out special halo and emotion – it is the survival predicament in the long history of time, the observation and record of warm power and finding the meaning of life, let a person can close and immersed in the mood of photos.</p> <p> </p> <p>The first action to re-start, Taiping spent a long time for preparation, the start was also an adventure, because, contemporary art (Photography) work is inseparable with the opinion, understanding and action of the world. Taiping took action for his ideal, in order to meet the "Buddha’s light" of life and art, but we may not be able to see when we are looking for. The thinking and construction, the political understanding of the world and the practical thinking are the various barriers, which need to be tracked and clarified one by one. In addition, it is come out from the places of "See and not see" and the meaning of thinking and action we are looking for.</p> </div> </div> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:35:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list - Guangdong Museum of Art - April 10th, 2013 - April 23rd, 2013 <p>在摄影及电脑技术如此发达的今天,写实绘画还有存在的价值吗?如果有,我们需要怎样的写实油画?<br />1980年代的中国写实油画通过对西方古典绘画的理解和诠释,沿着精神性的深刻与视觉性的审美两个方向发展,将中国的油画艺术推向了一个新的高潮。以杨飞 云等艺术家为代表的写实画派基于人文主义的理想追求,体现了对艺术价值和理想美的重新肯定,并且表现出了与古典传统文化的深刻联系。与此同时,另一部分艺 术家则借鉴西方古典写实绘画中的样式,表现出对现实主义的怀疑与冷漠,画面中流露着一种茫然和恍惚不定的强烈个人心绪。</p> <p>    而当代的写实油画,除了追求完美的绘画原则以激发观众的审美需求外,已经逐渐脱离了绘画形式和题材描述等技法层面的思考,而发展成了观念思辨的探索方向。 呈现出一种多元的趋势。以写实这一手法为主要表现方式的艺术家中,有的在试图超越前一辈的技法,另一些则更多地在探索着写实绘画中的主观性可能。对于写实 绘画来说,最有价值的是对人文主义精神的探索。越是经济发展,物质丰富的社会,越是需要人文价值的探讨和传承。写实艺术表达了艺术家对社会的评论,艺术中 的这种人文价值观与社会态度才是我们最值得关注与深入研究的,也是写实油画发展的未来方向。如果说八十年代的中国写实画派是向西方荀原问道,那么21世纪 的新写实绘画是在借用外来的媒介实现内在的自我修炼。如何才能使写实油画拥有足够的中国气派,使得这种从不同文化背景中滋生的艺术媒材与深远的本土传统文 化真正结缘?这正是这一代青年画家们所真正要探索的。</p> <p>    广东美术馆一直以来强调对青年艺术家创作动向的关注,注重对新艺术的发掘与培养,通过自身的平台与社会影响力,为艺术界的新生力量提供展示舞台,激活新一 代艺术青年的创作热情,营造自由开放的文化艺术空间。本次由北京今日美术馆、上海多伦现代美术馆和广东美术馆共同主办、涌金艺术空间承办的巡展特意精选了 15位目前处于创作旺盛期的青年写实画家的最新力作进行展示,这些艺术家大部分生于1970-1980年代,接受了学院派的教育之后,在独立创作过程中逐 渐呈现出自我风格的雏形,也逐渐绽露出一派新的中国油画艺术风貌。本次展览广州站将于广东美术馆展示这15位艺术家的80件油画作品,借此将这一新的风貌 做一个整体的呈现,推动中国绘画的进一步发展。</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 02:10:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list Group Show - Guangdong Museum of Art - April 12th, 2013 - April 24th, 2013 <p>曾因现代工业、交通大规模发展而得“雾都”之名的英国城市伦敦经过痛下决心的整治终于成为令世人羡慕的环境保护的典范。事实上,环保不只是一城一国 之事,我们都生活在小小的地球上,各国之间的合作、科学系统的管理乃至每个居民的自觉作为都与全球生态环境息息相关。正是怀揣着让人人都能享受到世外桃源 般的环境的美好理想,英国曼彻斯特艺术学院的中国策展人周彤宇研究员为我们带来一个反思由极端城市化所引发的生态及人文环境激变等各种社会问题的当代艺术 展。中外10位目光敏锐的艺术家从全球城市化问题的各个不同侧面,形象、直观、深刻地呈现了当代城乡居民的各种困境——人口增长过快、城乡人口分布严重不 均、城市急剧而又无限制地扩张、大河污染、雾霾蔽日、垃圾围城、食物危险、海平面上升、古建筑及民俗消失等等。同时艺术家们也提出了各种富于想象的寻求可 持续发展的构想,例如良好的城市生态系统、河流生态改造等。     展览现场具有舞台般的戏剧效果,影像、声音、装置等作品是迷雾中的亮点,隐喻着“先天下之忧而忧”的艺术家在让人们明白事在人为的同时,也为处于困境中的 我们构想了保持社会发展与绿色生态良性平衡的美好图景——人们在芬芳馥郁的街道上漫步,在清澈甘甜的城市河水中畅游。</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 02:07:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list Charles Jaulerry - FEAST Projects - March 16th, 2013 - April 26th, 2013 <p><strong>FEAST Projects is pleased to present Charles Jaulerry first solo show <em>Mirrors</em> from 16th March to 26th April 2013. Artist will be present at the vernissage on 15th March 2013. </strong><br /><br />Opening Reception: 15 March 2013, Friday, 6 - 9pm<br />Exhibition: 16 March - 26 April 2013 <br /><br />Shuttle bus is available for guests on 15 March: <br />Departing from the main entrance of the General Post Office (2 Connaught Place, Central) to Ap Lei Chau gallery at 5:45PM, 6:15PM, 6:45PM, 7:00PM, 7:15PM and 7:30PM.<br /><br />This painting exhibition showcases the young French artist Charles Jaulerry's <em>Mirrors</em> series. Painted in acrylic and enamel, these works show the human figure in its most simple elementary form, traveling between abstraction and figuration, mysterious yet recognizable. The viewer is beckoned to stand in front of the canvas and contemplate his psychic reflection. Jaulerry is concerned with human nature overwhelmed by the complexity of a contemporary world – <em>“The Scream”</em> cries out again. <br /><br />This exhibition is part of Le French May 2013 programme, presented by FEAST Projects and supported by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau.<br /><br /><strong>FEAST Projects 隆重宣佈由二零一三年三月十六日至四月二十六日舉辦 Charles Jaulerry 個展 <em>Mirrors</em>, 藝術家將出席三月十五日的開幕酒會。</strong><br /><br />開幕酒會:二零一三年三月十五日, 星期五, 晚上六時至九時<br />展覽日期:二零一三年三月十六日至四月二十六日<br /><br />三月十五日將提供免費穿梭巴士服務, 並於以下時間由香港中環郵政總局(中環康樂廣場2號)開<wbr>至鴨脷洲:晚上 5:45, 6:15, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15 及 7:30<br /><br />法國年輕藝術家 Charles Jaulerry 將於他的首個個展中展示他的<em> 鏡子</em> 系列,利用壓克力和琺瑯彩繪畫,這些作品以最基本簡單的<wbr>方式表現人物形態,神秘而熟識,界乎於抽象與具象之間。<wbr>觀者被呼召到畫布前, 並仔細思量他的精神寫照。Jaulerry 關注人性對這非常複雜的當代世界之反應 - 再一次的<em>“吶喊”</em>。<br /><br />是次展覽為法國五月藝術節的節目, 由FEAST Projects 主辦,由法國領事館協辦。</wbr></wbr></wbr></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:05:30 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list Kei Harada, Jane Hung, Karen Louie, Kazuki Mizuguchi, Yasushi Yamada, Hideaki Yamamoto - Red Elation Gallery - March 16th, 2013 - April 26th, 2013 <div class="style"> <p style="padding-top: 0pt;" class="paragraph_style_3">Red Elation Gallery is pleased to present “Second Nature” – a group exhibition by Hong Kong and Japanese artists Kei Harada, Jane Hung, Karen Louie, Kazuki Mizuguchi, Yasushi Yamada and Hideaki Yamamoto. While using a natural element as a point of observation, the featured works express the artists’ personal experiences and explore a new perceptive relationship between human life and its origins. Human intervention in nature is not necessarily about dominance; the artists present their works in a delicate and poetic way to arouse everyone’s original thoughts amid the hustle and bustle of life, creating a symbiosis between man and nature.</p> <p class="paragraph_style_3">“This world” by Japanese artist Kazuki Mizuguchi uses a traditional Japanese painting material – mineral pigment - to depict the beauty of flowers on the lake. The peaceful and beautiful world in the painting is separated from the hustle and bustle of life. The artist dissolves his own body and emotions into the air to show the nuances of nature and turns the moment into eternity. Kei Harada’s “Red Swinging” presents the commonality of humans and plants. He constructs a poetic painting regardless of the human subject or object. Yasushi Yamada‘s oil painting “huuji, raiji” is a collage of his past memories and experiences on canvas. He shows a fleeting passing away with an out of focus image.</p> <p style="padding-bottom: 0pt;" class="paragraph_style_3">Local artist Jane Hung uses painting and printmaking as her media, Her work “Manjusaka” starts from a drop of water and a drop of ink, each flowing freely on the canvas. With constant permutations of fruit and roots, they circle each other, some continuing to split and some continuing to fade away. Karen Louie extends interesting ideas from extraordinary life to her artwork. “Everyone Got a Halo - Notes of my Backyard” tells a story about interesting things that happened when she was gardening recently in her abundant backyard at home.</p> </div> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 23:28:10 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list Mariko Mori - de Sarthe Gallery - March 28th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p>de Sarthe Gallery is pleased to present for the first time in Hong Kong the sculptures by Mariko Mori "Flatstone" and "Tom Na H-iu".</p> <p><strong><i>Flatstone </i></strong>is named after the special stones used by the mid-Jomon era people in Japan (3500-2500 BC) in the structures archeologists believe to have housed ancient shrines. The entrance of these early buildings was located specifically to receive sunlight on the winter solstice. Jomon period stone circles used to celebrate dawn on the Winter Solstice inspired this work. The people of Jomon period Japan celebrated the seasonal transition of the Winter Solstice, realizing that the day marked the ultimate waning of the natural environment due to the shortened daylight, while also heralding the coming renewal of spring. Resonating with the values of these ancient people who lived in harmony with nature, Mori recreated the Jomon ritual space with 22 white ceramic forms, thus expressing the transitions and rebirth of nature, and of the soul. This work speaks to all of us caught up in contemporary social issues, suggesting a new way of being that incorporates a fusion with nature."FLATSTONE" was part of MARIKO MORI: REBIRTH, a major exhibition of her works at ROYAL ACADEMY of Arts Burlington Gardens in London which took place from December 13  2012 to February 17  2013.<strong><i> </i></strong></p> <p><em><b>Tom Na H-iu</b></em> is an ancient Celtic site of spiritual transmigration. According to legend, following death, a soul enters the spirit world, where one day equals 100 years or 36,525 days by the Julian calendar, before returning to earth. Ancient people built eternal monuments, or "standing stones" to guide the return of transmigrating spirits to our world. Mori's version of a standing stone is a contemporary memorial to the cycle of eternal life, a cycle that has been honored throughout art history by many ancient cultures. Mori's Tom Na H-iu marks the death of a star with a beautiful light, reminding us not only of our own mortality, but also of the potential birth of another star, memorializing the eternal flow of life and rebirth. The works develop Mori's continued interest in a fusion of art and technology, and the idea of universal spiritual consciousness. Drawing from ancient rituals and symbols, Mori uses cutting edge technology and material to create a striking vision for the 21st century.</p> <p> </p> <p><b>MARIKO MORI</b> </p> <p>Born in Tokyo in 1967, MARIKO MORI is an internationally acclaimed artist, whose work has been acquired by museums and private collectors worldwide. A major survey of her work, entitled Oneness, was held at the Groninger Museum, Netherlands; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark; and the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine in 2010, and travelling to Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil, Brasilia; Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in 2011.</p> <p>MORI's solo exhibitions have been organized in institutions around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Prada Foundation, Milan; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Serpentine Gallery, London; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Mori's work was featured in the Royal Academy's group exhibition Apocalypse in 2000.</p> <p>MORI has received numerous international awards, including the prestigious Menzione d'onore at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997 (for 'Nirvana') and the 8th Annual Award as a promising Artist and Scholar in the Field of Contemporary Japanese Art in 2001 from the Japan Cultural Arts Foundation.</p> <p>Mariko Mori currently lives and works in New York.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:53:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list qin xuanfu - National Art Museum of China - April 20th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <div id="content_div"> <div class="Custom_UnionStyle"> <p align="justify">When the National Art Museum of China will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary, it holds “A Embrace of Plain Nature—Qin Xuanfu Arts Exhibition” to commemorate Qin Xuanfu, the older generation of outstanding painter, art historical critics, art educator who has had a selfless dedication life both in new china’s art career and the fine arts education career .</p> <p align="justify">Qin Xuanfu (1906-1998), the artist had studied in France in his early years, learning the latest teaching achievements in the fields of art creation and art history in the west. Thanks for the education, he realized the close relationship between art and nature in various European national arts galleries, which made him a glory of “The painting of scholar”. After his back to China, he taught at Beiping Art Professional University, Tsinghua University, Art Department of Central University, etc. Then the story of his following to several friends and difficultly traveling to Chongqing Fenghuang Mountain becomes an art legend. “Cling to life, and embrace the nature” is a creational ideal suggested by Qing Xuanfu at the level of aesthetic. He had done arts with this ideal, gaining the glamour of arts and the soul of nature.</p> <p align="justify">This exhibition is the most large-scale art exhibition held in Beijing for master Qin Xuanfu. More than 200 works fully represent every creation period of Qin Xuanfu. Not only oil paintings, including the master work maid of honor which had been early selected in the French independent salon’s masterpiece, but also gouache paintings, watercolor paintings, sketches, literary sketches and watermark picture for independent artistic exploration in his old years are in this exhibition. With his mass of books and articles for intensive research and discussion, these works represent comprehensively and profoundly Qin Xuanfu’s artistic life as a much achievements-achieved artist with the glory names “The painting of scholar”.</p> </div> </div> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 04:29:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list Bai Lang - National Art Museum of China - April 20th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <div id="content_div"> <div class="Custom_UnionStyle"> <p align="justify">Bai Lang, a member of Chinese Calligraphers Association, now the director of Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Art Exchange Creative, the Vice President of the All-China Calligraphy and Painting Federation Of Industry, Signing art adviser of CCTV legal channel, he is honored as “People” in CCTV in 2011, and has been reported by Beijing television science and education channel columns special report. Mr. Rong Baozhai has published both up and down volumes named Bai Lang scribble writing collection for him.</p> <p align="justify">Bai Lang is good at scribble writing, and he has won the honor as today’s Wang Duo, Xu Wei and Fu Shan (who are all great ancient artists). He says: “I am not writing words, nor creating arts, but I am working for life, the great nature and all images”. The famous contemporary artists Li Qun and Wang Qi have made reviews on his works that his scribble writing shows his talent, brilliance, look and spirits. The exhibition will show 100 pieces of pictures from Mr. Bai Lang, and we hope for your identification of appreciation.</p> </div> </div> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 04:32:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list Hong Hao - Pace Beijing - March 16th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p>After Lunar New Year, Pace Beijing will present the solo exhibition of Hong Hao, the renowned contemporary Chinese artist who is newly represented by Pace. The exhibition is a comprehensively retrospective of the artist's works from various periods of his career, as well as new works. This exhibition will also be the first public show of his 2013 series <em>Deja vu</em> since Hong Hao’s solo exhibition <em>As It Is</em> in 2011.</p> <p>Hong Hao questions and criticizes the survival in reality in his unique satire and parody style, and he also discusses aesthetics by using a highly representative language, which is based on his talent of using various media and his creational methods with oriental origins. The exhibition will last from 16 March to 27 April.</p> <p>The new series <em>Deja vu</em>extends from Hong Hao’s previous concept of making art by scanning, which preserves the original shape of the material. After procedures such as collecting, limning, scanning and painting after print, Hong Hao’s artwork breaks the traditional rules of production and techniques, and also passes the boundary of media. Besides, after removing from the functional and commercial impact which comes from public opinions in a logic way, his artwork returns to the thinking of pure aesthetics, and blur the physical form of certain objects but focus on the archetype. Hong Hao’s work shows both the spatial relationship between different objects after dematerialization and the artist’s will, which returns to the very early stage that is pure and simple after experiencing the reality, but obtaining more wisdom than the very beginning that is refined from the experience.</p> <p>Videos will also be included in the exhibition, including <em>Taichi</em>, a recording of the process in which the artist practices Taichi every day. Shot from different perspective, it conveys the awareness of the relationship between the human being and his surroundings, and through the self-reflection over survival and daily maintaining, to represent the implications of achieving the ultimate truth via invisible presence. The exhibition will also include the past important works of Hong Hao, which reflects the featured characteristics of the artist. Hong Hao has a very deep understanding of the process of experience. In his late-80s work <em>Selected Scriptures</em>, Hong Hao made screen printing in the form of antique books. He rearranged the existing territory of different nations by containing languages and marks of social consuming as well as public commercial media to eliminate the clash between different cultures and merge the worldwide culture and history.</p> <p>The series <em>Elegant Gathering</em> (2007) is the ironic representation of the public place where audience tends to talk with others instead of appreciating art. The artwork also shows that the artist imposes his bold humor onto the ruthless analysis of the art world, especially the position of an individual in a self-inferential and narcissistic world. Hong Hao used to study history and antique books in the 1990s. From 1997, he began taking photographs that are ironic and self-reflective. In 2001 Hong Hao began the series <em>My Things</em>, in which he displayed his objects after scanning them, to show his living situation through daily consumption. He has discovered a universal space among arrangement, transformation and repentance when displaying his objects. The arrangement is a very complex combination that enforces the impression of the survival and rhythm of life in the reality, and transforms the living situation and the desire of consuming in contemporary China into graphics. In his 2008 series <em>Bottom</em>, Hong Hao scanned his objects at various angles. Therefore, the final look of this series follows the natural trend rather than in a pre-set situation. In another work, Hong Hao collected many red header documents and food tickets to create a collage that comments on the sense of authority among hierarchy in Chinese cultural context to show the relationship of humanity in people’s daily life. Best known for his print and photography works, Hong Hao (b. 1965, Beijing, China) graduated from the Printmaking Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 1989. The artist currently lives and works in Beijing. Much of Hong Hao’s work features assembled scanned images of various found objects including maps, books, tickets, receipts, banknotes, food, and containers. In his 2009 solo exhibition “Hong Hao: Bottom" at Beijing Commune, the artist exhibited a series that features the bottom half of everyday objects. By arranging the scanned images according to their forms and colors he destructs the functional property of the materials and reproduces an undifferentiated, flattened, deliberately superficial world of aesthetics. While Hong Hao continues to work with found objects, ”AS IT IS,” his recent solo exhibition at Beijing Commune, deals with the physical forms in a more straightforward manner, creating an interesting dialectic development of both the vocabulary and concept of his art. Hong Hao’s work has been exhibited widely since the 1990s, including solo exhibitions at Chambers Fine Art, New York (2004 and 2007) and Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France (2003). He has also participated in international group exhibitions such as “Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2010); “Book/Shelf” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); and "Zooming into Focus: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video", shown at the San Diego Museum of Art, USA, Shanghai Art Museum, and the National Art Museum of China (2004-2005). Work by Hong Hao was also recently included in the group show “The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989” at ZKM (Museum of Contenporary Art) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Hong Hao’s work is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the British Museum; Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston; the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, among others.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 02:22:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list - Schoeni on Hollywood Rd - April 17th, 2013 - April 27th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">In conjunction with the ArtWalk, Schoeni Art Gallery will once again sponsor one of its gallery spaces to the Society for Community Organization's (SoCO) exhibition. They are the Hong Kong ArtWalk 2013 beneficiary organisation and will hold a 10-day photo exhibition on the homeless people in Hong Kong. These monochromic photographs not only highlight the appalling living conditions these homeless people are daily confronted with, they further delve into the needs of each of the homeless person and compel us to reflect on the treatments of these destitute members of the society.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">***</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Society for Community Organization (SoCO) held a press conference today to announce the Photo Exhibition Home, Street Home, which reveals the truly difficult circumstances of the homeless in Hong Kong. The exhibition is one of a series of ArtWalk 2013 exhibitions. SoCO invited the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Hon. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, JP as a special guest to the opening ceremony of Home, Street Home. SoCO urges the government and the public to squarely face the problem of the homeless in Hong Kong.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ArtWalk is Hong Kong’s most popular charity art event activity, held annually. This year, it will be held<br />from 4.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 18 April (Thursday). Participants can enjoy a variety of art in 70 art galleries. The proceeds from the admission ticket ($450 for adults and $150 for students) will be donated to charities. Since 2005, ArtWalk has donated the revenue from admission tickets to our organization, supporting our work in serving the underprivileged and promoting human rights. SoCO sincerely thanks ArtWalk for the great support it has given to our organization. Our sincere thanks also goes to the Schoeni Art Gallery: since 2008, Schoeni has generously sponsored the exhibition venue so that more people can understand issues of poverty.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2012, the per capita GDP in Hong Kong reached its highest in history. However, due to the failure of social policies, personal circumstances and poor livelihood, there remains nearly 1,000 homeless people who sleep in Hong Kong’s streets. Amongst the homeless are middle-aged workers; rehabilitated mental patients who remain ill; and single and impoverished elderly people who have lost family support. They are the most underprivileged, most helpless group in our community. They are in dire need of concern and attention from the public.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the Home, Street Home photo exhibition, SoCO is fortunate to have photographer Mr. LEI Jih-sheng, the journalist HO Mei Wah and the photographer Alan LAU to accompany our social workers and go, day and night, deep into the dark corners of the community. Through their lens and words, they volunteered to recount the dark side behind our glamorous cosmopolitan city and unfold the life of the homeless. It is hoped that this will arouse the community’s concern about the homeless and spur the authorities to assist them in improving their living conditions. During the exhibition, there will be charitable sale of the postcards of the homeless ($20 per set of 6 cards). The proceeds will all be used for charitable purposes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />Social Welfare Department’s homeless statistics do not represent the facts Homelessness has always existed in Hong Kong. Accurate statistics on the number of homeless would help the formulation of more appropriate services. There are, however, loopholes in the way in which government estimates the number of homeless. According to figures provided by the Social Welfare Department, there are 586 registered homeless people as at February 2013, but the Department has not taken into account those who have become homeless for less than a month. As long as a person is “arranged to enter a shelter for the homeless within one month”, he / she will be de-registered by the government.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Furthermore, since most homeless people who have employment do not sleep in fixed locations in the street, they are often omitted from the Department’s statistics. The surveys conducted by SoCO in 2010 and 2012 show that employed persons represent 78.9% and 63.7% respectively of the persons not receiving comprehensive social security assistance (CSSA). Both figures are way above the Social Welfare Department’s 2012 statistics that employed persons represent 25% of the persons not receiving CSSA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Therefore, SoCO is of the view that SWD has most probably omitted some homeless people in its counting and has seriously underestimated the number of the homeless who have employment. In<br />order to avoid discrimination and the officialdom’s expulsion from locations, the vast majority of homeless are in the habit of going to sleep in not noticeable places after dark. They are high in mobility and difficult to contact. SoCO estimates that there are about 1,200 homeless people in Hong Kong. Uncertainty in employment results in more than half of the homeless “become homeless again” Owing to changes in the employment market, manual work tends to become short-term. As a result of job instability and exorbitant rent for residences, the situation of becoming unemployed again and becoming homeless again has become more prominent. Our 2012 survey shows that 52.4% of respondents are persons who have “become homeless again”. The median of the intervening period between the two homeless occasions has dropped sharply from the 4 years in 2010 to 1 year in 2012. Quite a few of the homeless are engaged in short-term contract work outsourced by the government. It shows that labour policies indirectly affect the employment of the homeless.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">40% of the homeless not receiving comprehensive social security assistance cannot afford rent After minimum wage legislation took effect, and although the median salary of the homeless has increased from HK$3,000 in 2010 to HK$5,000 in 2012, private housing rent has increased by a wide margin. Consequently, many homeless people are forced to sleep in the street because they cannot afford the exorbitant rent or rent deposit of bed spaces and wood-partitioned cubicles in private flats. Moreover, since 2005, the government has abolished single people’s hostels that had been charging rent of only HK$430 per month. There is a lack of services to support the housing of the homeless. In addition, the Housing Department allocates less than 1,000 single-person public housing units each year. It means single persons have to wait indefinitely for allocation of public housing. Therefore, the homeless can only regard the street as their homes, which shows that the government does not have sound policies to address the housing problem of low-income people. CSSA rent allowance is inadequate.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Even the homeless receiving CSSA sleep in the street because the rent allowance under the CSSA is inadequate. With effect from 2003, the government reduced the ceiling of CSSA rent allowance from $1,505 to $1,265. The amount was increased, for the first time, to $1,335 in February 2012 and then to $1,440 in February 2013. However, the CSSA rent deposit was cancelled. Also cancelled were the special allowances for CSSA recipients under 60 years old, such as allowances for dental care and spectacles. According to SWD’s statistics, the actual rent paid by nearly 70% of single person CSSA recipients living in private housing exceeded the ceiling of rent allowance. As at January 2012, 37,638 households receiving CSSA were living in private housing. These included 22,688 cases where the monthly actual rent exceeded the ceiling of rent allowance. The figure represented 60.3% of the CSSA cases in private housing. If only the single-person families in private housing who receive assistance are counted, the ceiling of rent allowance was exceeded in nearly 70% (67.6%) of the cases. The trend indicates the situation will become worse.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The homeless are harassed; the government has no policy to protect them Hong Kong does not have, at present, any clear legislation on whether or not people may sleep in the street. SoCO has found on several past occasions that government officials used “targeting executive measures” to address the problem of street-sleeping. According to our survey in 2012, the homeless interviewed say they have been harassed by the police / security guards (30.4%) and worried about personal safety (25.5%).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Government departments incessantly expel the homeless and clear their personal belongings from streets, but have no policies to protect the homeless. SoCO’s recommendations To address the difficulties of the homeless as described above, we urge the government to implement the following reform proposals:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />1. To improve the policy on the homeless – the government should reactivate the SWD’s pre-1997 practice to calculate the number of homeless people by “head counting”, so as to arrive at a better “plan to serve the homeless”. As in Japan, policies and legislation should be established to protect the homeless.<br />2. More low-cost single-people hostels in urban areas – reactivate the low-cost (e.g. monthly rent of<br />HK$430) single-people hostels in urban areas to assist “non-CSSA homeless” - who represent 39.9% of the homeless, - to move into housing flats.<br />3. Reform the CSSA system – the authority should review the CSSA system, including: providing special allowances for dental care, spectacles etc; Revise the rent allowance for single-person CSSA recipients back to the $1,505 level and provide rent deposit allowance to the homeless who are CSSA recipients to promote employment.<br />4. Improve the public housing policy – the authority should build more public housing flats, review the proportion of one-person independent units in the urban area and shorten the “public housing waiting time” of single persons.<br />5. Strengthen the support services for mental health patients – at present, some “hospital psychiatric outreaching teams” may not be willing to examine the homeless on the street. The authority should strengthen the services of the “hospital psychiatric outreaching teams”. Under the co-ordinated efforts of four outreaching teams, visits should be paid to the homeless in the main areas where the homeless are staying.</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><em>Society for Community Organization</em><br /><em>17 April 2013</em><br /> </p> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 134.533px; transform: scale(0.916169, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="701.7855999999999">The Society for Community Organization (SoCO) held a press conference today to announce the Photo</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 155.653px; transform: scale(0.993412, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="67.55199999999999">Exhibition</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 115.608px; top: 155.653px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_14" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 121.746px; top: 155.653px; transform: scale(0.93017, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p2_10" data-canvas-width="135.8048">Home, Street Home</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 257.553px; top: 155.653px; transform: scale(0.921914, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="150.27199999999996">, which reveals the tru</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 407.832px; top: 155.653px; transform: scale(1.24416, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="12.441600000000001">ly</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 420.277px; top: 155.653px; transform: scale(0.920568, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="329.5632000000001">difficult circumstances of the homeless in Hong</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 177.093px; transform: scale(0.964741, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="184.26559999999995">Kong. The exhibition is one</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 232.622px; top: 177.093px; transform: scale(1.02523, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="13.328">of</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 245.958px; top: 177.093px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 250.254px; top: 177.093px; transform: scale(0.789333, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="7.104">a</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 257.356px; top: 177.093px; transform: scale(0.939301, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="74.2048">series of A</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 331.566px; top: 177.093px; transform: scale(0.965515, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="244.27519999999998">rtWalk 2013 exhibitions. SoCO invite</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 575.846px; top: 177.093px; transform: scale(0.888889, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="8">d</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 583.846px; top: 177.093px; transform: scale(0.94859, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="166.00320000000002">the Secretary for Labour</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 198.533px; transform: scale(0.924393, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="268.9984">and Welfare, Hon. Matthew Cheung Kin</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 317.057px; top: 198.533px; transform: scale(1.0656, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="5.328">-</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 322.385px; top: 198.533px; transform: scale(0.869826, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="373.15520000000004">chung, JP as a special guest to the opening ceremony of</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 695.56px; top: 198.533px; transform: scale(0.936055, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p2_10" data-canvas-width="54.2912">Home,</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 219.653px; transform: scale(0.915843, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p2_10" data-canvas-width="84.2576">Street Home</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 132.311px; top: 219.653px; transform: scale(0.968982, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="315.88800000000003">. SoCO urges the government and the public to</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 449.589px; top: 219.653px; transform: scale(0.938735, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="58.2016">squarely</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 509.175px; top: 219.653px; transform: scale(0.900941, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="30.632">face</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 541.198px; top: 219.653px; transform: scale(0.964514, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="91.62879999999998">the problem o</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 632.83px; top: 219.653px; transform: scale(0.97516, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="117.0192">f the homeless in</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 241.093px; transform: scale(0.964761, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="79.1104">Hong Kong.</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 127.163px; top: 241.093px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 135.163px; top: 241.093px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 262.533px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 283.653px; transform: scale(0.929016, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="261.9824">ArtWalk is Hong Kong’s most popular</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 311.776px; top: 283.653px; transform: scale(0.958484, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="36.422399999999996">charit</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 348.198px; top: 283.653px; transform: scale(0.914537, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="74.99199999999999">y art event</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 424.93px; top: 283.653px; transform: scale(1.03668, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="55.9808">activity,</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 482.651px; top: 283.653px; transform: scale(0.949848, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="27.5456">held</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 510.198px; top: 283.653px; transform: scale(0.936106, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="239.6432">annually. This year, it will be held</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 305.093px; transform: scale(0.943903, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="371.89759999999995">from 4.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 18 April (Thursday).</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 422.906px; top: 305.093px; transform: scale(0.808727, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="8.896">P</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 431.805px; top: 305.093px; transform: scale(0.917623, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="130.30239999999998">articipants can enjo</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 562.113px; top: 305.093px; transform: scale(1.09091, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="12">y</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 577.068px; top: 305.093px; transform: scale(0.948896, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="78.75840000000001">a variety of</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 655.838px; top: 305.093px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 662.793px; top: 305.093px; transform: scale(0.9488, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="20.8736">art</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 686.623px; top: 305.093px; transform: scale(0.929835, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="63.2288">in 70 art</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 326.533px; transform: scale(0.944858, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="91.65119999999999">galleries. The</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 140.293px; top: 326.533px; transform: scale(0.86143, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="56.8544">proceeds</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 197.153px; top: 326.533px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 201.738px; top: 326.533px; transform: scale(0.952832, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="164.84000000000006">from the admission ticket</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 366.579px; top: 326.533px; transform: scale(0.958176, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="383.2703999999999">($450 for adults and $150 for students) will be donated to</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 347.653px; transform: scale(0.95463, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="677.7872000000001">charities. Since 2005, ArtWalk has donated the revenue from admission tickets to our organizati</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 725.853px; top: 347.653px; transform: scale(0.96, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="24">on,</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 369.093px; transform: scale(0.923404, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="701.7872000000002">supporting our work in serving the underprivileged and promoting human rights. SoCO sincerely thanks</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 390.533px; transform: scale(0.971818, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="586.0064">ArtWalk for the great support it has given to our organization. Our sincere thanks also go</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 634.064px; top: 390.533px; transform: scale(0.783624, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="13.3216">es</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 647.392px; top: 390.533px; transform: scale(0.957563, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="102.4592">to the Schoeni</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 411.653px; transform: scale(0.989621, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="75.21119999999999">Art Gallery</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 123.267px; top: 411.653px; transform: scale(0.82912, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="16.5824">: s</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 139.847px; top: 411.653px; transform: scale(0.872038, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="182.25600000000003">ince 2008, Schoeni has gen</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 322.108px; top: 411.653px; transform: scale(0.902478, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="351.064">erously sponsored the exhibition venue so that more</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 675.093px; top: 411.653px; transform: scale(0.888533, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="42.6496">people</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 717.741px; top: 411.653px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 723.65px; top: 411.653px; transform: scale(0.903503, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="26.2016">can</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 433.093px; transform: scale(0.916069, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="74.2016">understand</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 122.256px; top: 433.093px; transform: scale(0.864951, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="32.0032">issue</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 154.256px; top: 433.093px; transform: scale(0.778, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="6.224">s</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 160.483px; top: 433.093px; transform: scale(1.00283, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="74.2096">of poverty.</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 234.694px; top: 433.093px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 112.053px; top: 454.533px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(1.21164, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="13.328">In</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 61.3813px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(0.8588, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="37.7872">2012</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 99.1678px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4">,</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 103.168px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(0.883149, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="274.6592">the per capita GDP in Hong Kong reach</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 377.829px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(0.838756, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="15.0976">ed</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 392.931px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 398.718px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(0.9444, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="15.110400000000002">its</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 413.835px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(0.9376, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="196.896">highest in history. However,</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 612.519px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(0.888615, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="23.104">due</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 635.62px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 641.407px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(0.908209, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="41.7776">to the</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 684.973px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(0.994248, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="41.7584">failure</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 726.731px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 732.518px; top: 475.653px; transform: scale(1.01976, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="17.336">of</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 497.093px; transform: scale(0.946126, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="66.2288">social poli</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 114.281px; top: 497.093px; transform: scale(0.901909, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="91.09279999999997">cies, personal</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 205.393px; top: 497.093px; transform: scale(0.906176, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="90.6176">circumstances</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 296.018px; top: 497.093px; transform: scale(0.952492, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="173.35359999999994">and poor livelihood, there</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 469.392px; top: 497.093px; transform: scale(0.904343, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="50.64320000000001">remains</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 520.041px; top: 497.093px; transform: scale(0.926652, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="229.8096">nearly 1,000 homeless people who</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.927807, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="53.812799999999996">sleep in</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 102.362px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.969787, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="91.16000000000001">Hong Kong’s</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 194.014px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.888451, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="34.6496">street</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 228.663px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.778, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="6.224">s</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 234.889px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.974041, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="56.4944">. Among</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 291.383px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.889867, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="10.6784">st</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 302.055px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.961728, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="24.0432">the</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 326.096px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.901927, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="64.0368">homeless</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 390.137px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.935344, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="72.95679999999999">are middle</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 463.094px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(1.0656, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="5.328">-</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 468.422px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.907705, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="86.232">aged workers</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 554.659px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(1.0552, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="8.441600000000001">;</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 563.599px; top: 518.533px; transform: scale(0.935896, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="186.2432">rehabilitated mental patients</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 539.653px; transform: scale(0.95242, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="76.19359999999999">who remain</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 124.249px; top: 539.653px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 128.469px; top: 539.653px; transform: scale(1.33344, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="13.334400000000002">ill</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 141.805px; top: 539.653px; transform: scale(1.112, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4.448">;</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 146.25px; top: 539.653px; transform: scale(0.887877, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="11.5424">a</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 157.572px; top: 539.653px; transform: scale(0.942581, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="58.440000000000005">nd single</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 216.01px; top: 539.653px; transform: scale(0.951567, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="533.8287999999999">and impoverished elderly people who have lost family support. They are the most</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 561.093px; transform: scale(0.954802, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="701.7792000000002">underprivileged, most helpless group in our community. They are in dire need of concern and attention from</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 582.533px; transform: scale(0.9648, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="67.536">the public.</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 115.592px; top: 582.533px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 112.053px; top: 603.653px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(1.02692, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="41.0768">In the</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 89.3345px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(0.956058, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p2_10" data-canvas-width="131.93599999999995">Home, Street Home</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 221.272px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_14" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 225.475px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(0.969274, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="109.52799999999995">photo exhibition,</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 335.006px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(0.942021, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="175.216">SoCO is fortunate to have</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 510.43px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(0.959515, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="117.0608">photographer Mr.</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 627.696px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(1.01593, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="47.748799999999996">LEI Jih</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 675.447px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(1.0656, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="5.328">-</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 680.775px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(0.888762, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="37.328">sheng</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 718.103px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4">,</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 722.103px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(0.95008, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="23.752">the</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 745.853px; top: 625.093px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 646.533px; transform: scale(0.990925, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="60.44640000000001">journalist</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 108.499px; top: 646.533px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 113.295px; top: 646.533px; transform: scale(1.00818, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="88.72">HO Mei Wah</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 201.974px; top: 646.533px; transform: scale(0.938165, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="31.8976">and</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 234.669px; top: 646.533px; transform: scale(0.941824, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="23.5456">the</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 259.012px; top: 646.533px; transform: scale(0.91723, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="85.30239999999999">photographer</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 344.317px; top: 646.533px; transform: scale(1.04835, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="77.5776">Alan LAU</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 422.691px; top: 646.533px; transform: scale(0.945535, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="327.15520000000004">to accompany our social workers and go, day and</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 667.653px; transform: scale(0.937067, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="413.2463999999999">night, deep into the dark corners of the community. Through</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 461.316px; top: 667.653px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 468.133px; top: 667.653px; transform: scale(0.979953, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="33.3184">their</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 504.27px; top: 667.653px; transform: scale(0.924964, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="162.79360000000003">lens and words, they vo</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 667.068px; top: 667.653px; transform: scale(0.930121, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="82.78079999999999">lunteered to</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 689.093px; transform: scale(0.904356, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="195.34080000000003">recount the dark side behind</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 245.919px; top: 689.093px; transform: scale(0.969455, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="21.328">our</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 267.247px; top: 689.093px; transform: scale(1, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="4"></div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 273.766px; top: 689.093px; transform: scale(0.928016, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="476.07199999999983">glamorous cosmopolitan city and unfold the life of the homeless. It is</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 710.533px; transform: scale(0.899487, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="621.5455999999999">hoped that this will arouse the community’s concern about the homeless and spur the authorit</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 669.609px; top: 710.533px; transform: scale(0.846019, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="17.7664">ies</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 687.383px; top: 710.533px; transform: scale(0.844195, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="62.47039999999999">to assist</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 731.653px; transform: scale(0.930895, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="19.5488">the</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 67.6001px; top: 731.653px; transform: scale(0.967153, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="16.4416">m</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 86.3484px; top: 731.653px; transform: scale(0.971843, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="89.4096">in improving</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 178.064px; top: 731.653px; transform: scale(0.96202, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_1" data-canvas-width="153.92319999999995">their living conditions.</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 334.295px; top: 731.653px; transform: scale(0.994159, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_5" data-canvas-width="415.55839999999995">During the exhibition, there will be charitable sale of the</div> <div dir="ltr" style="font-size: 16px; font-family: sans-serif; left: 48.0532px; top: 753.093px; transform: scale(0.972013, 1); transform-origin: 0% 0% 0px;" data-font-name="g_font_p0_5" data-canvas-width="701.7935999999996">postcards of the homeless ($20 per set of 6 cards). The proceeds will all be used for charitable</div> <p>purposes</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:04:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list Brendan Earley - Galerie Urs Meile Beijing - March 2nd, 2013 - April 29th, 2013 <p>Galerie Urs Meile is pleased to announce the opening of “In the midnight city”, the first solo exhibition by Brendan Earley (*1971 in Dublin, Ireland, where the artist currently lives and works) at Galerie Urs Meile, on March 2, 2013. Brendan Earley participated in our artist-in-residence program at Galerie Urs Meile Beijing from August to November 2012 and the works exhibited in this exhibition include drawings, installations and sculptures created by the artist in Beijing during that period. <br /><br />Earley’s new works present his reflections concerning the subject of the city—according to Earley, the character of a city is not only defined by its cultural landscape, which is shaped by historical and geographical factors, but also by the material characteristics of its architecture and planning, and furthermore by the interactions that take place between the city and its occupants. <br /><br />The new series of drawings demonstrates a unique form of artistic depiction. With his repetitive use of short, sharp strokes in felt tipped pen, the artist has reduced the graphic and narrative nature of the works to an absolute minimum, laying bare their pure form. This process of indefatigable repetition describing the essence of the drawing’s own making, is a metaphor for the eternal construction of the city. <br /><br />The concept of light is often present in Earley’s works—he has integrated fluorescent light, color filter paper, natural light and translucent acrylic panels to produce a pure and simple aesthetic that possesses architectural characteristics, one in which we can see the profound influence of minimalist aesthetics and architectural language. In <i>Shine a Light</i> (2012, florescent lights, plastic ties, stainless steel and yellow filter paper, 110 x 44 x 22 cm) fluorescent lights installed inside the piece shine through acrylic panels covered with yellow filter paper to cast c. As China’s cities undergo dramatic transformation, the construction of new buildings is accompanied by the dismantling and destruction of the old. Earley has successfully balanced the relationship between both kinds of urban space in his work. <br /><br />Earley’s reflections concerning the materiality of urban construction during his residency in Beijing are expressed in the sculpture <i>Untitled (Janus Head)</i> (2012, steel, plastic ties and plywood, 43 x 22 x 20 cm) in which the artist has used hard steel to articulate the unconstrained nature of Styrofoam. Although steel is a core construction material, it functions as filler in the urban landscape. Such a conceptualized transformation of materials is not only a continuation of Earley’s former work, but furthermore a step forward in development and experimentation. As Earley himself notes: “These new drawings and sculptures continue to develop my interest in the materiality of the object and images combined with a more conceptualized concern with the legacies of past eras of cultural history and the contextualization of artifacts within the pragmatic approach to design through construction.” Through his sculptures and drawings, which are concise in form and profoundly expressive, he hopes to create an alternative view of order, one which attempts to reconcile one’s position in everyday life. <br /><br />We will also publish a leaflet in conjunction with the exhibition.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 02:44:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list Li Gang - Galerie Urs Meile Beijing - March 2nd, 2013 - April 29th, 2013 <p>Galerie Urs Meile is pleased to announce the opening of "Lateral Edge", the latest solo exhibition by artist <span class="external-link-new-window">Li Gang</span> (*1986 in Dali, Yunnan Province, China; currently living and working in Beijing, China) at our Beijing gallery on March 2, 2013. This will mark the third exhibition for Li Gang at Galerie Urs Meile, following two previous solo shows: "A Tranquil Order" at Galerie Urs Meile in Lucerne and "Between" at Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing in 2011. "Lateral Edge" will show the artist’s most recent works created during the last year. <br /><br />The title of the exhibition comes from a geometric concept: a lateral edge is the intersecting line between two adjacent sides. This is a metaphor for Li Gang’s creative process; he is expert at manufacturing the connections between different things, just as lateral edges generally exist between two different planes. His creative materials are readily available—in this exhibition his new works are made from materials such as trees, pebbles, canvas frames, and thick, hand-weaved canvases—but in most cases, his creative process loses or diminishes the original appearance or significance of these materials. <br /><br /><i>Beads</i> (2012, wooden spheres, shaped from the connecting points of a dead tree of Yunnan Province, 397 pcs., ø 0.5 – ø 51 cm), one of the principal pieces in the exhibition, presents nearly four hundred pieces of wooden spheres, all shaped from the connection-points of a dead tree in Yunnan Province. As a tree grows, it continually produces new branches, and each new branch or twig that emerges leaves behind a “connection-point”; the hundreds of connections that are formed vary in size according to the thickness of the limbs. A tree growing straight upward is a metaphor of a human life: from birth, with the family as our foundation, we start to develop more and more connections with other people, just as the tree produces so many branches; however, if we gather together all of the connections from the tree, like the wooden beads created in this piece, we may find a new perspective and way of looking at life. <br /><br />The work <i>Ridge</i> (2012, stones and glue, 70 pieces, different sizes between 24 x 6 x 4.5 and 81 x 24 x 15 cm installation size: 430 x 520 cm) comes from a variety of pebbles collected by Li Gang. The natural process of erosion left the pebbles with different “ridges” projecting from their surfaces. Li Gang found points of connection between two of the pebbles and carefully joined them together with adhesive, extending and connecting their ridges to transform the two pebbles into one form. According to Li Gang, what appear to be independent objects have hidden connections; joining such independent objects together is a way of creating uncertainty between the objects. <br /><br />Li Gang was born in Dali, Yunnan Province in 1986. After graduating first in his class from the Dali Academy in Dali, Yunnan, he moved to Beijing with the goal of becoming a professional artist and began a career which has been marked by his comprehensive artistic practice. Since then, Li Gang has experimented with various aesthetic possibilities through a wide range of media, from painting and photography to installation and sculpture, exploring enduring topics such as death and time. <br /><br />We will also publish a catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition.</p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:46:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list - Hong Kong Heritage Museum - February 6th, 2013 - April 29th, 2013 <p>A master jeweller and goldsmith, Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) was a leading figure in the rise of Russian jewellery craftsmanship in the late 19th century. Although the fame of the House of Fabergé faded for a while following the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, its worldwide renown persisted thanks to the fabulous masterpieces that it produced. Of the numerous items that the House of Fabergé created for the Russian court, its Imperial Easter eggs are undoubtedly its most spectacular works: designed as an Easter surprise for the royal family, they continue to amaze us even today.<br /><br /><br /> The Fabergé Easter eggs on display are undoubtedly the highlight of this exhibition, but they are accompanied by many other rare and exceptional artworks and pieces of jewellery in a variety of precious metals and stones that bear witness to the fine craftsmanship of the former Russian Empire, while also offering visitors a chance to learn more about the illustrious history of the House of Fabergé. The exhibits, numbering over 200 in total, are on loan from the collections of the Moscow Kremlin Museums and the Fersman Mineralogical Museum of Russia.</p> Sat, 05 Jan 2013 04:20:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list Liang Yue, Nobuyoshi Araki, Pu Jie, Shi Qing, Sun Xun, Tang Guo, Wu Yiming, Xiang Liqing, Yuan Yuan - ShanghART Gallery (main gallery) - March 23rd, 2013 - April 29th, 2013 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 02:03:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list Zhang Dongy, Tang Liming, Chen Feiyan, He Wei, Ba Huang, Su Heyan, Liang Hao - Today Art Museum (TAM) - April 22nd, 2013 - April 29th, 2013 <p>The “Seven Women Artists Exhibition”, which originally opened in the late eighties at the National Fine Arts Museum of China, was the first female-only painting salon in Beijing. Seven women presented their fresh talents and charming, diverse artistic styles in works full of vigor, dedication, passion, and sincerity.</p> <p>As the generation of the late 50s and 60s who underwent the difficult political and economic eras of the Republic, these seven women were fortunate enough to be able to get into art academies in the late 70s and to then mature in the 80s, a special period of transition. After more than 20 long years of accumulating new life experiences and being surrounded by different art movements, amazing new trends, and complex discourses on art, these seven women, who were once the darling children in a vast and turbulent landscape, have firmly held onto their artistic ideals and understanding of humanity. Regardless of whether each stayed in the homeland or crossed the oceans, these seven women, now together again, are presenting works that exhibit their artistic strength and sincerity.</p> <p>No longer the young and fragile women they once were, these seven women now have so much more appreciation and understanding of their mission and value in life. At a critical juncture of their lives when they are witnessing their own fleeting shadows in the passing of time and vicissitudes of existence, these seven women still continue to embrace life’s poetic expectations by cherishing it with utmost love and sincerity, replete with beautiful colors, gorgeous shapes, and carefully constructed aesthetic compositions. Here the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and metaphysical come together and blend; the East and the West, the ancient and the new are integrated and absorbed; nostalgia, innovation, simple and intricate coexist. The works of these seven women avoid neither the traditional and the realistic nor the new and innovative. Rather, these women persist in their individual spiritual approaches by demonstrating honorable spirits that surpass fleeting trends, and discard limiting, reductive labels.</p> <p>The generation that these seven women belong to has been fascinated by the purity of aesthetics, confronted the new and challenged the old, and has searched diligently for artistic purification and cultivation of the mind. For this generation, the “dignified” aesthetic ideal exemplified by the Seven Women Artists is especially meaningful. Some of the women’s works are calm and elegant; some are based on the humanities that exude gentle poetic melodies or deep philosophical thoughts; some are simple or abstract; some convey a certain compassion and religious attention; and some are composed of both emotional and rational thinking. Irrespective of how the world and its visual appearances have changed and are changing, there have always been an internal and eternal constant in art – “passion”. This “passion” has been the hallmark of the works of the Seven Women Artists. Their art has not only interpreted the views and struggles in the material world, but has also further endeavored to preserve and manifest the soul and integrity of humanity in order to fulfill the obligation to conserve the beauty and light of life.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 04:35:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list BAN WEI - Art Beatus Gallery - Hong Kong - April 11th, 2013 - April 30th, 2013 <p><b>Ban Wei</b>'s ink paintings are configurations of free flowing human torsos laden with graphic symbols, familiar and otherwise.  Creating his paintings with both hands working at the same time, Ban says that the two brushes together balance his creative world and form the oneness that he strives for.<br /> <br /> <b>Ban</b> states that his creative process ends when he finishes the delineation of his inspirations and it is up to the viewers to form their own interpretations upon interacting with his works.<br /> <br /> <br /> This exhibition is <b>Ban Wei</b>'s first solo in Hong Kong after he immigrated to Canada some 20 years ago.  He is tracing his ink paintings back to the origins of his life.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 01:07:11 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/cn/Events/list