Art with sole

Art with sole

Art Basel came to Hong Kong for the first time this year, with galleries from all over the world showcasing paintings, sculpture and photography from both established artists and emerging talent. Why this part of Asia? ‘Hong Kong is a future harbour for art,’ says Evy Ning, gallery assistant at a new Art Lexing pop-up gallery in Central.

Exhibited at Art Lexing’s eponymous gallery is Kaleidoscope, a collection of works by contemporary artist Ye Hongxing. Each of the eight pieces is a montage made entirely of tiny stickers: icons of pop culture, slogans, Buddhist scripts, cartoon characters and logos are arranged to form a larger image. Nature and industry – pandas, exotic birds, giraffe, houses, airplanes and cars – collide in such vibrant and lively images that the canvases positively swirl with colour, thoughts and ideas, turning up something new at every glance.

A particularly dynamic piece commissioned by Christian Louboutin features an urban scene interlaced with the designer’s red soles, butterflies, women, playing cards and a spectacular leopard.

The highlight is a piece that asks questions about whether women belong to men or the other way round. A suited deer represents men, and a woman is depicted with a critical look that runs off the canvas. ‘She is anticipating something; a story, perhaps,’ ponders Ning.

‘Kaleidoscope’ runs 23 May-23 June 2013 at Art Lexing,7 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong ( The artworks will then go on show 25-29 July at Art South Hamptons, Art Southampton Pavilion, Southampton Elks Lodge, 605 County Road 39, Southampton, New York; and during Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2013.’

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