I created these images in camera with film, as a way to translate the experience of living in Hong Kong. When you have 7 million people residing within the space of 426 sq miles, the only place to build is up. By layering light onto film, the process mimics the methods of how this hyper-modern metropolis of architecture is constructed.
Thomas Lee is a photo-journalist based in Hong Kong who gives a compassionate glimpse of everyday people from a unique viewpoint. I first met Lee at school, where he was one of the few classmates who really had an artistic eye, and he’s been pushing the boundaries ever since I met him.
Hong Kong might be the perfect city to have superheroes, with one skyscraper after another practically rubbing against one another. Spiderman would have no issues with mobility around the city. Chow Kar Hoo takes this idea to an extreme by putting well-known heroes in extremely mundane situations around the city. Hellboy sits down for some hotpot; while Wolverine slices cutlets at the butcher shop. Hong Kong is already a strange mix of East and West. Throw in superheroes and they fit right in.
I had a stroke of good luck recently when I stumbled upon Mystery Science Theater 3000 in Hong Kong, of all places. It’s an American TV series that takes the mickey out of b-grade films. Wikipedia probably says it best: ‘The series features a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a space […]
Hong Kong-based artist, Tsang Kin Wah, creates intricate textures and flowery patterns composed of words. Foul words and obscene materials are regular features in his works. Despite the nature of his subjects, his work manages to preserve its beauty and elegance. I particularly like his color schemes, similar to those of Chinese ceramics.
Greer Muldowney is a fine art photographer and adjunct professor based in Boston, Massachusetts. She works in several formats, exploring ideas based upon – or working around -anything American, whether it looks that way or not. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries in the United States, Hong Kong and France.
Confetti System artists, Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho, create installations and sets using materials such as tissue paper, cardboard and silk and have collaborated with some of the hippest brands and bands around, including Opening Ceremony and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I spied their decorations decking out the halls of Lane Crawford department store in […]
I really like the illustrator Tania Willis’ work and now she’s teamed up with Mio Debnam to produce these kid’s guide books. Avoiding the trap of thinking parents know best, they’ve asked kids in the various locations what their favourite days out, experiences, food, and so on are. So far they’ve covered Bali, Sydney, Hong Kong, Phuket, London and New York. My lad gives it 5 stars after a recent trip to Bali.
For the last month or so I’ve had a solo show of my paintings up in Hong Kong. Titled Laughing with a Mouth Full of Blood, it was held at the beautifully restored Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, in the bustling district of Sheung Wan, in the centre of the city. Hidden amongst the modern skyscrapers, this 100 year old red brick building is quite at odds with urban landscape.
Maybe I’m particularly partial to this Accidental Chinese Hipster blog because I grew up in Hong Kong and it makes me nostalgic. But mostly I just think there is nothing in this world cooler than an unsuspecting trendsetter.
Cyprien Chabert is a French artist who recently exhibited his latest show, Dogs Meow, in Hong Kong. In it, he invited viewers to a remote island that he has discovered. No mankind exists; it’s a paradise of animals. But there is a continuously baking dog on this island. So if you see the dog, please […]
X Factor, X-Box, the X Games … what’s next? How about some ‘X-treme’ Chinese cuisine. Intrigued? Then check out Bo Innovation, the Michelin-starred Hong Kong eatery that was founded by bad boy Alvin Leung (aka ‘the demon chef’).
And we thought you had to be ingenius living in New York! Hong Kong architect Gary Chang has transformed his 344 square foot apartment into a fluid, shapeshifting environment through efficient use of sliding panels, walls, and mirrors.
One of my favourite artists of the moment is Tanya Bennett, an English woman with a background in fashion, who wants to be Scottish, lives in Hong Kong, and loves drawing naked women. It doesn’t get more eclectic! Her Doris collection, in particular, is superb.
Providing high concept lifestyle products across the mediums of art, music, film, design, urban culture and high fashion, Cipher is drawing focus to Hong Kong’s culture through their project Big City, Bright Lights. The project involves a mix-tape featuring ten Hong Kong artists, producing ten tracks, lasting ten minutes. The intention is to exhibit ‘the contrast, the inspiration and the diversity that exists in this dynamic city’.