Arts & Culture

HART announces group exhibition Household Gods

Not-for-profit arts organization HART is delighted to announce the first exhibition resulting from its arts programming. Household Gods will open to the public on 30 September 2020, both virtually and physically at HART Hall (G/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central), and runs through to 21 November 2020.

The group exhibition, curated by Ying Kwok, presents the works of four Hong Kong-based artists; Nadim Abbas, Shane Aspegren, Tap Chan, and Wu Jiaru, who are grant-based artists participating in the ongoing sixth session of the HART Social Studio. Showcasing specially commissioned works by HART that encompass painting, sculpture, site-specific installation, and sound work, the exhibition originates from a desire to offer new insights into our complicated and currently uncertain world, addressing questions about the relationships between mankind in its most intimate setting, the household, and natural and supernatural phenomenon. Created and presented during a time of change, Household Gods rethinks how art and creativity empower each of us, both in content and form, and will be presented dually through virtual and digital mediums as well in-person interaction with the exhibition.

(L-R) Wu Jiaru, HART Director Jeannie Wu, Nadim Abbas, Shane Aspegren, Tap Chan, and Curator of Household Gods Ying Kwok. Image courtesy HART.

Launched in 2018, HART is a collective of art spaces and art programming that is dedicated to fostering collaboration and community value through a sustainable culture of creativity. By providing a platform for artists to experiment, evolve, and collaborate in knowledge and practices, HART supports and enables Hong Kong’s creative community, and acts as a facilitator for diverse and experimental art practices. Now in its second year, HART is maturing into a key player in establishing a robust art ecosystem in Hong Kong, nurturing the next generation of artists and art lovers with open calls to artists, site-specific projects, and publicly accessible year-round programming.

A central part of HART’s programming is the Social Studio that runs from one of the collective’s core venues HART Haus, a 10,000 sqft modern ‘arthouse’ that has transformed a former factory floor in Kennedy Town into a flexible studio and salon space. The upcoming exhibition Household Gods showcases the experimental practices that artists and ‘Hausians’ Abbas, Aspegren, Chan, and Wu have explored during their participation in the Social Studio at HART Haus. Each work is an outcome of the dialogue and mutual understanding generated by the collaborative environment HART Haus fosters and attempts to harness a visual language to know the unknown, if not rationally then spiritually.

Abbas is developing a series of set pieces that place a new logic on modular domestic furniture to expose the unpredictable nature of image, body, and space, while Chan is working on a sculptural installation that questions the psychological and material nature of space as a concept, exploring the blurring of fiction and reality in modern daily life. Aspegren expands his ongoing investigation into the healing qualities of sonic frequencies on the body and brain through a sound piece presented in conjunction with a series of small sculptures created from found organic objects. Building from the concept of anxiety, Wu’s work experiments with social norms to create lasting sculptures constructed by preserved material evidence of her daily household existence.

“It is often claimed that we live in a secular age. But our minds are still very much sensitive to supernatural thoughts and feelings. The insight Nadim Abbas, Shane Aspegren, Tap Chan, and Wu Jiaru have shown when exploring human habits, rituals and emotions offer fresh viewpoints of modern life, and the power of visual language on something more divine,” said Ying Kwok, Curator of Household Gods

“During this challenging period we hope to infuse our community with positive energy and collective spirit, through engagement with the experimental works produced for Household Gods by our current Social Studio artist residents at HART Haus,” said Jeannie Wu, Director of HART.

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