27 May 2013
There’s a lot of art around at the moment in HK, it’s difficult to decide where to start. Between the Spring Sales at Christie’s and Art Basel- don’t overlook the exhibitions at HK’s finest art galleries.
One of the best is the latest show at White Cube of the work of Jake and Dino Chapman. Having just stepped off a plane, I wasn’t able to make the artists’ talk but my good friend and EC’s resident art expert, Molly Lukins Burke, (you can read all about her in the bio below) has been good enough to share her thoughts about the show.
We are hoping that Molly will stick around EC and be on hand to answer all sorts of art related questions: from the latest art exhibits to collecting or even how to approach viewing an art exhibit. Over to you, Molly.
Dark is beautiful. Horror can be funny. Hell is all these things. Those are the thoughts provoked by The Sum of all Evil (2012-13), the diorama installation of the British brothers, Jake and Dinos Chapman, now showing at the White Cube through August 31.
Inspired by Goya and heralding him as the first emerging modern artist to explore the human psyche, the Chapmans have composed Hell landscapes populated by Nazi soldiers mingling with the characters from the McDonald’s fast-food chain engaging in horrifying acts of violence, surrounded by piles of decapitated bodies, while being watched over by a God-like figure depicted as a male nude from the waist down wearing green Nikes.
While the scenery doesn’t seem aimed at endorsing violence or horror, it puts you face-to-face with the artists’ darkest (I hope) views, and makes you wonder whether the works are exalting evil, or perverting the viewer. Either way, it’s moving. Besides the Hell installation, the exhibition includes four smaller dioramas reflecting some of the same themes as The Sum of all Evil. The exhibition is a reminder that all that is beautiful is not also good.
About Molly Lukins Burke
Molly brings her love of the artistic and the eclectic to Hong Kong from New York City, where she was born and raised. On a professional level, Molly has a Master’s in Art History and has worked at auction houses (Sotheby’s and Christie’s) and art galleries in New York. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2012, Molly was working on the team drafting the Catalogue Raisonné for Jasper Johns, one of America’s most celebrated artists. Personally, Molly is thrilled to have landed in Asia’s cultural capital with her husband and two children, and is excited to explore all that Hong Kong has to offer in local and international art.
The Sum of all Evil runs from May 22- Aug 31 at the White Cube, 50 Connaught Road, Central.
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