From 18th June to 7th July 2021 we’re collaborating with WOAW gallery to stage WoP, an exhibition of original works on paper, in their new space at 9 Queen’s Road Central in Hong Kong.
While Avant Arte centres on an Instagram community of over 2.4 million followers, authentic offline moments — exhibitions, studio visits and chance meetings — represent the beginnings of many of our collaborations. As these experiences slowly become possible again, the unmatched magic of an in-person art encounter has never been more apparent. Works on paper, in which the artist’s hand is arrestingly present, joyfully tangible, offer the perfect opportunity to reconnect and re-engage.
WoP will be not only our first collaboration with WOAW Gallery but our first exhibition in Asia, inviting a new audience to experience original work from a collection of emerging and established artists. The show also presents an opportunity to cement a longstanding relationship between fellow founders Christian Luiten (Avant Arte) and Kevin Poon (WOAW).
Beyond the brief for original works created in the preceding year, the show’s curation attests a wilful eclecticism — one that speaks to the disparate experiences of artists under lockdown, and the enduring capacity to create that unites them.
Kevin Poon: “I have been a personal fan of Avant Arte for a long time now — especially of what Christian & Curtis have created, not only on the media side but also their synergies with artists as well as their creations — so to be bringing this energy to Hong Kong is a great feeling! Looking forward to doing more together and combining our worlds.”
Christian Luiten: “Ever since Kevin and I met we’ve always talked about doing something together. He has a great eye for art and is such an important influence for younger people to become interested in visual culture. It’s an honour to curate a show for his gallery, and great to be exhibiting in Hong Kong close to so many of our collectors and collaborators. The list of artists who have contributed works is incredible, and I can’t wait to see them all come together in the gallery space!”
WoP includes close to 50 original works on paper from a cohort of 24 artists that sets long-time Avant Arte collaborators alongside a host of established and emerging talents from around the world. Eclectic visual codes and geographies are united by a collective embrace of the compelling immediacy of a work on paper.
Featured artists: Adam Handler, Adriana Oliver, Baldur Helgason, Dominique Fung, Felix Treadwell, Haeji Min, Heather Day, James Jean, Joakim Ojanen, Lord Ohene Okyere-Bour, LY, Mai Ta, Marcus Brutus, Marius Bercea, Matt McCormick, Nigel Howlett, Patrick Jackson, Robert Nava, Roby Dwi Antono, Shannon Bono, Sola Olulode, Stickymonger, Szabolcs Bozo, Tsai-Ling Tseng
The works will be accompanied by a selection of recently released Avant Arte sculpture editions from Alake Shilling, Hebru Brantley, James Jean and Joakim Ojanen.
9 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Open Reception: Friday 18th June, 17:00 – 19:00
Exhibition: Friday 18th June – Wednesday 7th July