Collective exhibition “Art Bodega” at K11 Art Mall, Hong KongApril 22, 2021
The word “Bodega” means “grocery store” in Spanish, and in Hong Kong we call it “士 多” (store).
The character of a grocery store is that at one stop, we go out with all the necessary purchases, and most importantly, with a friendly welcome.
Galleries and art have always been somewhat distanced from the public, they are often labeled as targeting the upper classes and inaccessible to mixed income. It seems that everyone is constantly dedicated to comparing each other's taste and wealth in an unhealthy way.
This fallacy is probably deeply rooted in the hearts of many people in Hong Kong. In view of this, Matt Chung, the founder of Art Streaming and Off The Record, curated “Art Bodega” during the difficult times that the world still faces, and brought together five artists at the K11 Art Mall.
Artists from different countries among whom Jon Burgerman from UK, Maria Imaginario, from Portugal, Timothy Gatenby from UK, Gunwoo park from South Korea, and 2timesperday from Hong Kong, joined forces to create this pop-up art exhibition with the food theme as a central theme.
The exhibition includes the figure of PIZZA vinyl in original representations specially made by Jon Burgerman and Off The Record, iconic sculptures of lollipops in pastelle colorful, handmade by Maria Imaginario, the reinterpretation by Timothy Gatenby of characters anime famous with fast food items. Gunwoo park, who specializes in recreating objects with tape and LED lights, produced some delicacies from the childhood of the local people for their first exhibition in Hong Kong, and lastly, 2timesperday he used his popular Illustration technique on Instagram to produce five food-related prints, hoping to get visitors to reflect on humanity.
During the pandemic, it is difficult for all of us to leave the house or even have a decent meal in a restaurant with friends. In this special situation, through “Art Bodega”, it is hoped to be able to remind everyone that any type of personal interaction should always be cherished, and here, while enjoying “food” in the form of art, also remember that art can serve as food for the spirit.
This article was translated from the original in English by Copywriting Artes & contextos
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