The major cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) share the same cultural roots, but each has developed a unique cultural and artistic character. Riding on the opportunities that come with the rapid growth of the GBA, the APO and the Hong Kong Designers Association have worked together to organise the “Art >< Creativity” Exhibition Series in the Greater Bay Area in 2021. The series features six art exhibitions with online artworks to be held in four cities in the GBA – Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan, and Dongguan- showcasing the works of 13 Hong Kong artists and designers, as well as a Shenzhen media artist.
The series aims to bring artists and designers together as creative partners so that through communicating concepts, experiences and expressions, should creative minds be inspired and innovative ideas be generated. This exhibition series are presented by The Art Promotion Office, co-organized with the Hong Kong Designers Association and project partner Shenzhen Fringe Art Centre.
Secret Adventures to the Depths of the Brain
Why do artists and designers often feel “burnt out”? It happens when they rack their brains, but are still in the dark, searching; when they make painstaking efforts to prepare presentations, which are then rejected by their clients; when their designs are scrapped and they need to start from scratch; or when the inspiration light bulb lights up, and they need to chase the idea for days on end. For people in the creative industry, such brainstorms are often like a roller-coaster ride. This exhibition – in the form of a travel diary – transports the visitor into the fantastical world co-imagined by artist Jane Lee and designer Eddy Hui. The first space shows a dreamlike paradise, where Lee expresses her longing for a wonderful world condensed in a colourful apple house, a pumpkin carriage, mushroom-shaped clouds, and water-drop figures. The second is an urban landscape created by Hui, providing the audience with a peek at the dazzle of a prosperous city and its rapid growth through a hidden art installation. The third space displays a collaborative work, which was once rejected by clients, but displays an “outstanding” landscape of a city that the creators adore. In this black-and-white, futuristic urban landscape, visitors can sense the loneliness in the bustling city.