Friday night I stopped by the opening of Partouze, a collaboration show between Taiwanese graffiti artist REACH, and Yasumasa Yonehara (aka Yone,) a Japanese photographer.
The exhibition is making its way around the region, with Shanghai hosting it last month, and Taipei following after Hong Kong.
Knowing little about the artists I was curious to see their work.
Arriving at the gallery space I made my first pass through the exhibition. Yone’s photos are confined to one subject: girls. If you can imagine a contemporary take on the pin-up girl, his photos are something like a Japanese equivalent.
The images were printed onto canvas and then modified or embellished by REACH’s touch. In most cases, he added patterns and small graffiti iconography, rather than letters.[photopress:REACH_graffiti_Yone_partouz.jpg,full,pp_image]
To me, the photos printed on canvas appeared a bit washed-out. The vibrancy was sort of muted. In another section of the show, Yone created a mosaic of his images on Zippo lighters, which was a cool idea, but again, the resolution and colors seemed a little dull.
The two artists did a good job working together with neither overpowering the other in the works.[photopress:Partouze_Hong_Kong_exhibit_.jpg,full,pp_image] REACH (left) and Yone (right)
The pair are also known to combine forces to create work live. The next day featured a session where REACH wrote graffiti on models, while Yone photographed them. You can see the two at work in the video below:
After a brief introduction about their work, the artists mingled in the crowd and signed books.[photopress:Partouze_show_art_photos_Re.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Yone_Reach_Partouze_Hong_ar.jpg,full,pp_image]
A new arts center?
The exhibition brought me someplace new – the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kip Mei. Though I’ve walked nearby, I’ve never visited the center, or even heard of it before.[photopress:Jockey_club_creative_arts_c.jpg,full,pp_image]
It turns out, it’s a new institution set up in 2008 to provide affordable space for artists and arts organizations. Getting there isn’t difficult. The Arts Centre is a few long, (desolate) blocks from the MTR station (Green Line).
Take exit A out of the Shek Kip Mei station and follow Woh Chai Street down the hill until you hit Pak Tin Street. From there, take a right, and the Arts Centre is just a short distance away. Be on the look-out for the building name. It’s sort of non-descript and doesn’t have the typical presence of an Arts Centre from the outside. (Since it is in fact a converted factory building!)
The show closes after June 4th. Visit the Arts Centre’s website for more information.
You can see examples of Yone and REACH’s work on their blogs.
Partouze: Yone x Reach exhibition
Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre
30 Pak Tin Street
Shek Kip Mei
Kowloon, Hong Kong