Reading the bio of James Lavelle is like taking a trip through the cultural movements that have shaped the past thirty years. Most well known as the founder of the visionary record label Mo’ Wax and as a member of the super-group U.N.K.L.E., he’s always been a champion of the arts with an uncanny ability to spot talent.
Frequently a step or two ahead, James Lavelle has never seen music as a stand-alone art, divorced from the culture that surrounds it. His Mo’ Wax label was famous not only for its pioneering sounds, but also for its lavish accompanying artwork.
So it comes as no shock that James Lavelle would make an excellent curator for an exhibition that runs the gamut from installations and paintings, to fashion, music, sculpture and film. Get ready Hong Kong!
“Daydreaming with…” opening in Hong Kong on Friday, May 4th, is a curatorial collaboration between Lavelle and artist Simon Birch, set in the 20,000 square foot ArtisTree space in Quarry Bay.
The two have brought together regional talents as well as international figures who have created artwork as a response to, or in dialog with music by UNKLE.
The artists participating in “Daydreaming with…” include: Cang Xin, Prodip Leung, Huang Rui, Doug Foster, Wing Shya, Futura, Kai and Sunny, Jamie Shovlin, Emma Richardson, Azzi Glasser, Ian Monroe, Li Wei, Polly Borland, Oswaldo Macia, Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton-Jones, 3D, Jayne Dyer, Dan Glasser, Cyrcle, Clarke & Reilly, Shynola, Nathan Coley, Laurent Segretier, John Nolan, Simon Birch, and the Black Dog Film Room featuring Toby Dye, Jonas Akerlund, Sophie Muller, and Factory 15.
In town for the opening, James Lavelle will grace the decks at FLY for a special DJ set on Saturday, May 5th.
Details regarding exhibition hours and dates follow below.
Curated by James Lavelle and Simon Birch
ArtisTree Art Space by Swire Properties
1/F, Cornwall House, Taikoo Place, Island East
22 Westlands Road (Just take a taxi to Island East, go up the escalator, and you’ll find it!)
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Invite only on Friday, May 4th, open to the public from May 5th until June 7th, 2012
Opening times: 10:30am â€“ 7pm, daily
To get there by MTR, take the train to Quarry Bay station, exit A
James Lavelle DJ set
Saturday, May 5th, 2012
24-30, Ice House Street
Central, Hong Kong
Before 11:30, $150 HKD includes one drink
After 11:30, $200 HKD includes one drink