At times, we blame the lack of artistic exercise here in Hong Kong, as we do not see it presented right in front of our faces as how we might see it happening elsewhere in the world. We don’t have as much of a ‘platform’ for street performers, the general public still require some time before realizing the vast scope in the forms of art, and nevertheless people appreciate emerging talents, the majority of us have yet to show our support for them. Streets are filling up with art galleries, but as we roam through our busy schedule, how many of those displaying pieces are truly being learnt about?
I am not the best person to go for when someone is looking for the most artistically enthusiastic individual; but I sure appeal to interesting works, and since I am not shy in bragging about what great local talents we actually have here in Hong Kong, I sincerely recommend you to give this exhibition a chance before shutting off this city’s present creative faucet.
Via Hong Kong, presented by Ame Gallery, one of the very rare contemporary jewelry galleries here in Hong Kong, is kicking off an exhibition during September 2014; presenting works by a total of 15 designers whom will also be showcasing their works at the international jewelry fair of JOYA Barcelona later on this year. Gathering hearts that believes in the blossoming of such a realm in Hong Kong; not only artists and supporters, but also educators such as Anna Cheng from Ame Gallery and Dr. Cicy Ching from Baptist University are bundled together in curating such a particular show.
Personally believing these to be more approachable than those works which generally appears in strict art gallery environments; contemporary jewelry pieces engage with audiences for their presented and familiar functions, how it should slip on a finger or how it could tingle around the neck. At the same time, it offers a bright new definition to the stabilized and secured notion of ‘jewelry’; making everything so much more fun and mind enhancing.
Here are some of our personal picks from the show, with our feature image showcasing the Fly Away Necklace by Bella Mung and the below images showing the Time Out ring by Kee Ho Yuen, the Design Show Collection by Cathy Wang, The Chinese Dream of Train (3) Ring by Chan Po Fung and Imagine this is a Game – Deer Ring by Victor Wong.
With some of them engaging into topics about the city, relationships, emotions and culture; others investigate into the actual definition of jewelry and readymade objects. Whatever the story behind these works may be; there is an undeniable feeling of intimacy which all of the works deliver, not to mention the aesthetically pleasantness each of them offer. Even stripped from their ‘purpose’, the works stand just as strong as paintings and photography pieces in a gallery as they foster ideas and thoughts, express unique viewpoints and attitudes from the hands which has created them, making them fulfill what I truly believe to be the real meaning of art.
September 16-27, 2014 at Ame Gallery: 12/F Tin On Shing Commercial Building, 41-43 Graham St, Central
October 9-11, 2014 at JOYA Barcelona