Saturday, February 2, 2013
Daub and Looking Out of Your Window (This week's Photo Hunts)
At Art HK 12, I came across an art work I found fascinating because it looked like the artist had started off by fairly randomly putting daubs of paint on his canvas, then turning them into the bodies of many different individuals to depict a colorfully clad crowd of people.
Ironically, although I think the artist (whose name I unfortunately have forgotten) made it so that his work needs to be examined both from up close as well as from afar, and from the side (where the three-dimensional nature of his daubs becomes most apparent) as well as front, the exhibitor of his works at the Hong Kong art fair seemed most upset when people went about doing this! And I also didn't think that the American exhibitor -- a gallery from New York that was taking part in the art fair for the first time in 2012, if I recall correctly -- was prepared for the number of people going about taking photos of the art on show -- something that is expected behavior in click-happy Hong Kong, especially post the advents of phones that also have camera capabilities!
Hopefully the exhibitor as well as artist would be happy to know that viewing art works at art fairs like Art HK 12 (and, for that matter, Art HK 09, Art HK 10 and Art HK 11) can serve to inspire folks like me to look at the world through more artistic lenses when doing such as taking photos. As an example, here's offering up -- and yes, this is one of the biggest stretches I've made to combine Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunt themes into a single entry! -- an "artistic" shot of what I see when looking out of my window!
A story from the last time I went apartment hunting: many Hong Kongers aspire to have apartments offering up scenic views, especially of Victoria Harbour. But as I told my property agent, I really am not one of those people. The sad reason is that there are days when the air is so polluted that one can't see across the harbour. And like I told her, on days like that, if I wake up to such a view, I'd feel really reluctant to get out of bed!
When the property agent showed me the apartment that I did decide to go for, one of the things she said about it is "No view!" By this, she meant that it looks out to other buildings for the most part. In all honesty, I don't mind at all -- and, in fact, find the views can be pretty fascinating -- and, best, of all, often make me think "my goodness, it looks like I'm living in the middle of a Hong Kong movie set!" And a bustling, high density one that's typically alive with people and color at that! :)