Holding art fairs in hotel guest rooms has gained popularity in recent years. The organisers, the gallerists, and everyone else must have done the mathematics and the consumer behaviour studies.
The most recent Asia Contemporary Art Show strategically coincided with Hong Kong Art Week in mid-March. More than a hundred exhibitors from 19 countries around the world took up five floors of guest rooms at the Conrad Hong Kong (香港港丽酒店).
Set in cosy guest rooms, artworks are approachable and can be easily hung or displayed around the house. That doesn’t mean they are not outstanding enough for those who seek louder works or art that noticeably demonstrates their distinctive tastes.
Since I was initially impressed by works presented by South Korean galleries at last year’s Affordable Art Fair Singapore, they continue to win over my attention and praise.
A special gem I stumbled upon at the Show was i-dArt愛不同藝術, an initiative that “aims at developing community art projects, in order to encourage people with different abilities to take part in art-making by utilizing different media and opening public art space.”
Established in 2010, i-dArt愛不同藝術 believes that, “appreciating and creating artworks is an inborn right of human beings. What we should focus on is the power of art, instead of the intellectual or physical abilities of artists. Holding such faith, i-dArt promotes art so as to demonstrate the abilities of everybody, as well as to foster the understanding between people with different abilities.”
I tell you, when it comes to art, all other abilities mean nothing, and definition of “normal/not normal” goes into the bin.
With very little contact (yet) with Taiwanese galleries, I was glad to have had a brief chat with the representatives from Artists in Taiwan.
I was particularly attracted to the Chinese ink paintings by Tian Xu-Tong (田旭桐), framed in sandalwood and complete with the scent. Powerful and nimble brush strokes. The outcome can be full of profound epiphany or void of all things, or neither.
Staged by Hong Kong’s largest art website Hong Kong Contemporary Art Buyer, the Show bagged record sales of 28million Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) and a record attendance of over 10,000 visitors in this 6th round of its non-online art shopping spree.
Its Fall Edition this year will fall on 8th to 11th October 2015, at the same venue. Do consider paying a visit. A pre-purchased HKD180 ticket admitted two to the Spring Edition.