The new art space, chi art space at Clear Water Bay, is not only an extension from their first art space established in Central two years ago; but it is also an extended platform for the K11 Art Foundation (KAF) for nurturing new local artists, curators and other creatives. Focused on pushing for more exposure for the local Hong Kong art scene, they are kickstarting the space with “Second Nature”, a multi-media exhibition which is curated by Janet Fong from the International Artistic Resident Project Advisory Committee of K11.
Featuring over 20 pieces by artists including Alicia Kwade, Claus Böhmler, David Altmejd, He Chi, Helen Marten, Hua Mao First Floor (HMFF), Idris Khan, John Baldessari, Kingsley Ng, Lam Yau Sum Lin Xin, Tony Oursler, Utopia Group, and Yang Xinjia; their drawings, photographic works, sculptures, animation, neon lights, large installations as well as other multimedia pieces will be filling up the two exhibition halls. Apart from being inspired by the environment surrounding Clear Water Bay, where the mountains are juxtaposed with rows of modern architecture; the title “Second Nature” also borrows from the the concept of American philosopher, John Mcdowell.
He believes that all human beings holds the state of ‘second nature’, which “consists of conceptual capacities built upon instincts.” These capabilities not only involves “the enhancement of one’s autonomy, and it requires accumulation of experiences”, but McDowell also believes that their capabilities are “facilitated by one’s society”. In this sense, artists relies on such a state to create endless creation, and this means they need to “appeal not only to collective experience but also intuition and nature in order to explore humans and their inner selves, and their relationship with the outside world”.
With this concept and idea in mind, the exhibition aims not only to exhibit quality works which offers people new artistic experience, but it also hopes to engage the artists in reflecting on the different “issues they take on through new media, interactive pieces, and creative modes through which the development of human civilisation can be manifested”, making “each exhibit (is) riddled with complexity.” On top of chi art space’s great vision of promoting for the local Hong Kong art scene, the “Second Nature” exhibit is all about “the intriguing relationship amongst humans, nature, and experiences on such common ground.”
“Second Nature” at chi art space
663 Clear Water Bay Road, Clear Water Bay
11th of March to 9th of April, 2017