hong kong: somedays somedaze

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a quirky platform for urban art, above second gallery continues to showcase interesting artists from home and abroad. opening fri - sep 5 [7pm-10pm] is somedays somedaze, an exhibition of works by hong kong-based collective parent’s parents and graphic designer kristal melson from singapore. the show is very much inspired by 21st century life and our very [urban] existence that's all too often infused with words and images that pass us by out of sequence like a comic strip without purpose. parent's parents is made up of graffiti, illustration and leather crafting artists who all met in the same design school. keeping their output edgy, the group explores the limitless of chaos, exceptional beauty and modernness. on display are six pieces and six topics.

each painting tells a different story, but all are tied together to form a view on the struggles and hopes of living in this fast-paced century. at the same time they also reference hong kong's peculiar political climate in one piece, and dissect the media's position in society in another. the remaining four pieces grapple with more abstract ideas such as religion, death, money and finally, the revelation of destruction. the artworks are made from multiple layers of hand-cut wood, screen-printed and hand-painted in an intricate collage of imagery. kristal melson's work on the other hand is a mash-up of art and design, using various tools of picture making and an individualistic method of working with various mediums from installations to screen printing. location: 31 eastern street [sai yin pun].

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