It’s all about NFTs, digital art, and the metaverse these days, and Art Central is on board.
In addition to the usual paintings, sculptures and installations on display at Art Central this year, the fair will also see an increased emphasis on digital art. Some artists have specially prepared digital installations for audiences to interact with, while others – including some artists based right here in Hong Kong – will release their very first NFTs.
Either way, when you hit Art Central later this month (May 26-29!), make sure you don’t miss these four digital art programs.
Digital artworks to discover on Art Central
In 1983, Hong Kong-born, New York-based artist Bing Lee launched an ongoing iconographic diary in his “Pictodiary” series. Nearly 40 years later, Lee continues to enrich the series through the invention and appropriation of signs, lines and colors, creating a reservoir of pictorial codes. Filled with scalability and flexibility, his scripts have been described as “calligraphic automatisms”, akin to an intuitive release of feelings and memories based on the hieroglyph of the Chinese language.
In collaboration with UOB, Hong Kong artist Desmond Leung has created a new interactive ink art installation, “The Bloom of Water Lilies”, for Art Central. 12 digital display screens are arranged in the shape of a water lily flower, a symbol of inner peace, enlightenment and rebirth. As visitors interact with the screens, they help transform the on-screen imagery from bud to bloom. By blending traditional ink with digital technology, the presentation emphasizes the interconnectedness of all life forms and emphasizes that as human beings we are inextricably linked to each other and to Mother Nature. .
HIGH RESOLUTION WORLDS
A virtual collaboration between nine Hong Kong and Asian artists (Choi Sai Ho, Jessie Tam, It’s Us: Ophelia, Lo Lai Lai, Kenneth Ka Chun Hui, Bo Choy, Ka Kiu Chan, Hu Rui and Joshua Serafin) brings us into their fiction worlds. Diving into all forms of multimedia works, there will be shots of the psyche, fictional characters, performative dance and experimental sound bites. The ultimate goal of HIGH RES WORLDS? To help the public explore and examine how the digital realm can affect our perception of art.
The show group
In this year’s edition of Art Central, The Spectacle Group celebrates artists who have integrated technology, science and math into their disciplines. Several creatives will present their NFT art, including British street artist Adam Neate, whose NFTs will be the first in the world to interact with a physical paint; Hong Kong mixed media artist Birdy Chu, who will screen two photographic NFTs from his 1997 collection that celebrates important moments in Hong Kong history; and Hong Kong-based French artist Frank Vigneron, known for his scroll paintings and book sculptures, and who will release his first NFT at the fair.
(Lead and featured image: The Bloom of Water Lilies, Desmond Leung)