Art Basel Hong Kong Part 2: 6 things I learnt
This took me a while to put together but here it is:
Lesson 1: You need only one public entrance after you have passed multiple VIP entrances
Just like everything else in HongKong, 80% of the facility is not made for public, but exclusively for VIPs. You are constantly reminded that you are not that important.
Lesson 2: Human hair is the most accessible art supply of the year
Gu Wenda’s installation was massive, but I’m kinda glad that it wasn’t so close to my face, because I’m not sure what it would smell like. He seems to use a lot of white hair in his work, so I guess he has his fair share of elderly art fans?
Lesson 3: Throw a bunch of paint on canvas, and you will find creepy clowns in the details
Zhang Huan said he must have been a Tibetan in his last life, because he was attracted to the culture and lifestyle very much. I guess that gives me another reason to visit Tibet soon since I liked his skull mask very much.
Lesson 4: For some refreshing new inspiration, pay a visit to car junkyard
Have to say the title of the work is rather poetic. However for me to be able to keep this pressed white flower, I will need a very large and tough book. I looked more into his works, which gives much more context to this piece of work.
Lesson 5: Not all teddy bears are created equal
Somehow this piece describe artists in a perfect way: We want love and attention, but we also want to fuck it all. (Update on 12 Aug 2014, apparently she decided to sleep on it for 36 days)
Lesson 6: Patricia Peccinini will always creep on you when you are not paying attention
Have to say Patricia has done it again.