Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 – 170 Galleries, two floors = a tired Loks

Posted by | On 02/06/2013

Art Basel HK

It was a tiring day but good show and great to see so many people visiting the show especially seeing children; being taught and parents exposing them to Art at an early age.

Here a few favourites from the fair.

Arlene Shechet: work when she was doing her art residency at Meissen Porcelain Factory, making moulds of moulds and casting them.

Arlene Shechet BreakingtheMold installation close up

Arlene Shechet, close up
Troika, an art group from London who are ‘known for their experimental practise and projects that employ a cross-disciplinary approach’. Titled ‘Squaring the circle’, from the side you see a steel curved frame but it isn’t until you stand in the middle in front of the mirror, you see the square reflection and now the frame appears circular.



Chang Chien Chi’s series of photos and film, ‘Double Happiness’.
The first photo seems happy; the couples are in love and happy to be getting married. But then looking closer; the body language, there seems to be so much awkwardness… and forced. The following photos tells us the story behind the wedding.


‘Marriage brokers recruit young Vietnamese women to come to Ho Chi Minh City where they are viewed by groups of Taiwanese men. Each of the men pays a fee to pick a suitable bride from the line-up. Within days of meeting, the couples will be married.’


‘Couples presenting proof of identity and marriage so that the women can get visas to Taiwan. Ho Chi Minh City’


Qin Chong’s installation ‘Losing’ is soot on more than 20 rolls of paper.


 close up

One of my favourite pieces at the fair; Kwang Young Chun’s ‘Aggregation 07 -DE145’, is made up of different sized triangular foams wrapped in Korean Mulberry paper, individually tied and then stuck down onto the canvas.


Kwang-Young Chun, close up

Juan Genoves’ ‘Correspondencia’ painting of a bird’s eye view of a crowd of people looks painted, but at a closer look the people are blobs of acrylic painted very thickly onto the board! Each one similar, but different.

Juan Genoves

Juan Genoves, close up

Juan Genoves, close up

I love South Korean artist Kang Kang Hoon’s photo realistic paintings. From a distance the large canvases look like portrait photos of people, but they are actually paintings! You can see every hair and pore on the subjects face. 

Kang Kang Hoon, Modern boy-no Tie

Kang Kang Hoon, Modern boy-no Tie close up

On the other end Desiree Dolro’s photos, using traditional documentary photography and digital enhancement to colour and light, this results in a glowing and powdery affect that makes it look like a painting. Looking at her Xtereiors series gives a mysterious, dark and silent ambience.

Desiree Dolron

desiree dolron