Looking back at Friday night’s exhibition opening of ‘The Contemplation Garden: Sai Wan Shapes & Sounds’, at theDesk’s Sai Wan coworking and event space.
On Friday evening, Sai Wan neighbours and art lovers gathered at theDesk for the opening of our fifth exhibition, ‘The Contemplation Garden: Sai Wan Shapes & Sounds.’ The exhibition features multimedia artist and past Sai Wan resident Elaine Wong and abstract expressionist line-artist Victor Chu.
Together, the two artists transform theDesk’s open spaces into places for contemplation, relaxation and calm. The evening was as peaceful and contemplative as the work itself.
Wong’s art takes common sights and sounds in Sai Wan and transforms them into abstract video pieces. Her work played throughout the evening, giving admirers a chance to view them over a glass of wine.
Chu’s work is displayed on the ground floor and the mezzanine. His impressively detailed works consist of hand-drawn lines converging as two-dimensional shapes, suggesting three-dimensional possibilities. The idea of contemplation permeates his work, from the meditative creative process to the way we view the final piece.
Recalling the evening, Community Manager Polina Sarafanova tells us “Contemplation is the perfect word to describe the opening. With guests escaping the rainy, gloomy evening, even the weather helped create the space for observation, calm and reflection.”
“With guests escaping the rainy, gloomy evening, even the weather helped create the space for observation, calm and reflection.”
“The dimmed lighting, the tranquil video by Elaine Wong and the bottles of chilled wine gave attendees a chance to step back and devote themselves to the meditative appreciation of Elaine and Victor’s artwork. The conversations continued into the night, with artists sharing their personal art journeys; both the joys and challenges of becoming a full-time artist in Hong Kong.”
If you missed the opening, don’t worry. The exhibition runs until Friday October 13. We’ll soon arrange separate screenings of Elaine’s video work in September. Watch this space for more details.