5th December 2019 – (Hong Kong) From 7th – 10th December, Phillips will support the Sovereign Art Foundation (A charity with a twin focus to recognize and promote the wealth of contemporary art talent in Asia, and bring the proven benefits of expressive arts to disadvantaged children.) and exhibit sculptures from the organisation’s Year of the Pig project in its exhibition space at the St. George’s Building in Central.
Year of the Pig is a public art project and fundraising initiative that brings a citywide line-up of painted pig sculptures to Hong Kong. The pigs represent unique art pieces as interpreted by some of today’s most sought-after local and international contemporary artists, as well as friends from the local arts community, young participants of Sovereign Art Foundation’s local charity initiative – the Make the Better programme – and members of the Hong Kong public. Over the past few months, the pigs have been displayed in various locations around the city, including shopping malls, restaurants and an airport lounge.
Now some of the pigs are united in this exhibition. All sculptures are for sale and proceeds will go, without deduction, to the Make It Better programme, which supports children from low-income families and with special educational needs by offering them empowering learning activities reinforced by expressive arts.
“Inspired by the blow moulded piggy bank manufactured in Hong Kong during the 60s and 70s – from the classic red colour in plastic, to the hand painted gold strips and the spray-painted cute eyes. In a time of need, they served as toys as well as money boxes for children. It contains the wishes of thousands of children, reflecting the history, changes of daily life and the value of the city throughout decades. Looking through the rectangular lens on the piggy bank artwork, one can see a kaleidoscopic scene of the current surroundings and oneself, the hopes contained inside the piggy bank, now and then.”
Angela Yuen graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2014. She went to Linfiled College in the U.S. for an exchange program in 2013 to develop her installation art and received the Dean’s List Honours. In 2016, she had her artist in residency at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing. Angela Yuen’s art practise focuses on urban culture; she looks to explore the correlation between urban development and city value via installation and photography.
“In this artwork, it’s wrapped by colours and patterns of sweets and candies, which show what I expected for happening in year of pig to me. I was born in year of pig and my newborn baby will also born in this year. It will be a sweet and memorable year to me.”
Vanessa Wong is a practicing artist born and raised in Hong Kong. Through her work, Wong explores the relationship between human desires and objects under the mechanism of consumerism. Wong’s watercolour and oil paintings integrate pop culture elements and powerful human desire centred around the contemporary world we live in. Wong received her Fine Arts Degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2012 and had also earned a Diploma in Commercial Design from the Chingying Institute of Visual Art in 2004, majoring the Graphic Design. Her works have been shown in Affordable Art Fair, Art Central, Urban Bakery Art Exhibition, Hong Kong Contemporary Art Exhibition, Hong Kong Cancer Fund Charity Auction and Pao Galleries.
To view and bid on the pigs, visit www.safpigs.com
Public Exhibition: 7th – 10th December, 11am – 6pm
Location: Phillips Hong Kong Gallery, 14/F, St George’s Building, 2 Ice House Street Central, Hong Kong