The non-profit art space’s annual fundraising auction is now open for bidding. Here are the top lots
This November, Hong Kong’s oldest contemporary art centre, Para Site, will host its annual fundraising auction. More than 60 pieces by popular artists, such as John Armleder and Hong Kong’s own Lousy, will raise funds to support the centre’s future exhibitions and finance public arts educational programmes.
The artworks are available for bidding online and viewing in person at Soho House from November 17–21, 2022, and the online bidding will run from November 8 to November 23.
Ahead of these events, here are the top lots up for auction at Para Site’s upcoming gala.
Lot no. 10: Wrinkled Texture 127 (2022) by Wu Chi-Tsung
Taiwanese artist Wu Chi-Tsung is known for his ink work and seamlessly fusing traditional Chinese and Western aesthetics in Chinese landscape paintings. This work is from his Wrinkled Textured series, which he began with the intention of reinterpreting a texturing method called cun fa. In lieu of ink and brush, Wu uses cyanotype (a photographic technique) to create literal wrinkles on xuan paper. He then applies a light sensitive solution on top and manipulates its exposure to sunlight, resulting in folds that resemble mountains and valleys.
Wu has won numerous awards and in 2019 became the first recipient of the Liu Kuo-Sung Ink Art Award. His works are showcased globally, including at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; M+, Hong Kong; and UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.
Lot no. 13: Alveare (2014) by Minjung Kim
Korean artist Minjung Kim’s delicate pieces are created by burning, layering, twisting hanji (mulberry) paper, and subsequently applying ink on it.
She used incense (fire) to carefully burn minuscule holes in her works for the Alveare (‘honeycomb’ in Italian) series, and painted dots and lines with ink (water), and combined the techniques reflect a balance of yin and yang represented by the use of two opposing natural forces.
The artist’s work is featured in many collections, including the Asia Society Museum in New York, the British Museum in London, and the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas. She has had a series of solo exhibitions at the Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju; the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome; the Hill Art Foundation, New York and others.
Lot no. 16: Body Movin (2022) by Lousy
The streets of Hong Kong serve as the main canvas for local artist Lousy’s work. A confluence of cultural references—ranging from cave painting to punk rock and even manga—find their way into his art. Addressing information saturation and the overconsumption of content in contemporary culture, his work often incorporates recognisable iconography such as the kiss face and all seeing eye.
Body Movin is a part of the artist’s latest painting series which salutes collective celebration and liberation. He uses foam fruit packaging nets and other common objects found in local markets to create a stripped down, abstract version of the original, which almost look like dancing figures.
Lousy was recently featured as a solo exhibition at Mihn Gallery in Hong Kong.
Lot no. 23: Flying Kites (2021) by Sophie von Hellermann
German born artist, Sophie von Hellerman’s ethereal canvases are inspired by literature—namely fables, legends, and classical mythology—and Flying Kites is part of a series inspired by her grandmother's favourite piece of literature: Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin. Here, von Hellerman paints original scenarios by combining the plot of the story with her own personal memories and imagination. The artist’s delicate and romantic aesthetic is created by the application of pigment directly onto unprimed canvas using a broad brush.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Hayward Gallery in the UK, Elmhurst Art Museum and Bonner Kunstverein in Germany, and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Belgium.
Lot no. 26: Astres Voisins (2018) by John Armleder
Renowned Swiss artist John Armleder, whose career began in the late sixties, has a body of work so diverse it’s hard to categorise it into any one particular genre. Astres Voisins is part of the artist's Puddle Painting series, the creation of which involves large quantities of paint dripping onto a canvas laid out on the ground. Subsequently, objects such as toys and styrofoam balls are thrown into the wet paint. Because he uses different paints with different chemical compositions the final paintings have unpredictable, colourful and tactile results.
From his illustrious career, recent exhibitions include those at Haus Konstruktiv Museum, Zurich; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; Song Art Museum, Beijing; Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; and National Museum of Osaka.
Lot no. 27: Scientific World (Sketch No.2) (2009) by Hao Liang
Hao Liang is known for his contemporary take on traditional Chinese guohua ink wash paintings, which he creates on silk. And Scientific World (Sketch No.2) is a drawing which showcases the artist’s intention to retell existing stories with a more modern perspective.
The artist recently held solo exhibitions in China at Aurora Museum in Shanghai, Mirrored Gardens in Guangzhou, and the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, as well as Bonnefanten museum in Maastricht, Netherlands. He was also showcased at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.
Lot no. 36: Pastiche (2019) by Law Yuk-Mui
Hong Kong artist Law Yuk-Mui is known for her image- and sound-based installations, which she creates through collecting items and field studies. She addresses the city’s history and current state of being through examining physical traces found in everyday life. For example, Pastiche consists of a pair of women’s size 40 dancing shoes that were custom made for a male performer who played the female role of Du Li’niang in Law’s same-titled video. A reimagining of the Ming Dynasty Kungqu opera Peony Pavilion, Law’s Pastiche video consisted of collages, music and texts, which when presented together in one frame deconstructs and reconstructs Hong Kong’s identity.
In Asia, Law’s work has been exhibited at a number of venues, including Art Tower Mito in Japan, and Jogja Biennale and Para Site in Hong Kong. She is also a co-founder of the artist-run Rooftop Institute, which focuses on education through art.