Hey – if Chin Tangerine can be an artist….
There will be a formal, official, definitive announcement after Easter, but while everything is winding down for the forthcoming four-day weekend, here is advance notice of ‘Homage’ – Collages by Hemlock, an exhibition of collages to be held at Zee Stone Gallery on Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong (opposite the old police station) in mid-May. The on-line display linked to above is provisional. The exact choice of pictures, which will be in the form of limited-edition, signed prints, is yet to be finalized, as are the picture sizes, which will probably vary from as small as 1ft by 2ft to a heftier 4ft by 4ft, or even more. Prices are also not yet decided, but they will be affordable and the proceeds will go to a worthy cause. More on all of this in due course, you can be sure.
Doubters and skeptics say people won’t want a picture of Rita Fan on their wall. They are wrong. Some of the smaller works, like this, taken from the old Hemlock’s Diary days, would – I believe in all modesty – grace any bathroom, providing plenty for the viewer to sit and contemplate. A gift that goes on giving. The bigger ones, of which this partial close-up is an example, would be perfect for a luxury apartment on the Peak, an otherwise plain corner of a trendy sushi restaurant or the reception area of a Chief Executive candidate’s election campaign office. The possibilities are endless.
As for that question… It all depends. A quick search on Google suggests that we are talking about “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” (What? No mention of future gains in investment value?) It’s in the eye of the beholder, obviously. I like to think of these works as, at least, souvenirs of a particular time and place.
More gratuitous, laborious plugs to follow.