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Duddell’s Unveils Autumn Exhibition With Contemporary Beijing Artist Song Dong

September 26, 2015 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

image002On 7 October, cultural and social destination Duddell’s will showcase its very own edible city hand-crafted by Beijing-based artist Song Dong. Duddell’s is to host Song Dong: Sketch from the leading contemporary conceptual artist in Hong Kong from 7 October 2015 – 10 January 2016.

Song Dong: Sketch is one exhibition spread across two of Hong Kong’s central art venues: art institution Duddell’s and Pace Gallery. Song Dong: Sketch at Duddell’s will pay homage to Song Dong’s early works with photography and videos of his globally renowned installations, Eating the City, Edible Penjing, as well as ceramic sculptures. A collection of Song Dong’s more recent pieces, including Sauce Painting, will be exhibited at Pace gallery from 7 October – 7 November 2015. With the common theme of food, exhibition attendees are invited to experience the use of food items in art, and as art, as they have never before. Inspired by iconography and ideals of Buddhism, Song Dong uses edible ingredients as his chosen medium of art and allows his viewers to consume and contemplate his art as a spiritual process.

Beginning their discovery of Song Dong’s artwork at Duddell’s, guests can view photos and videos from Eating the City, a series of miniature edible cities which he built in multiple cosmopolitan locations around the world including Beijing, Shanghai, Barcelona and London. Videos of the public devouring his miniature cities made from biscuits and sweets document the process of the public not only viewing but consuming his art, representing themes of destruction and hedonistic consumption. After a taste of Song’s earlier works at Duddell’s, continue the art food trail to Pace to view Song Dong’s more recent works, Sauce Painting, a series that uses seasoning from different parts of the world as paint to create an abstract visual representation.

A significant figure in the progression of Chinese conceptual art, Song’s work ranges from sculpture and photography to performance and video with his works conveying themes of impermanence of change and transience of human endeavour. Through Song Dong: Sketch, Duddell’s bring the pertinent subject of consumption and destruction to the art conversation in Hong Kong. Song’s work highlights the reality of relentless expansion, progressive demolishment and the permanent impact of humanity’s greed for more.

Song Dong is an advocate of exhibition spaces becoming part of the artwork he creates, and he describes Duddell’s as a unique venue. “As a restaurant, Duddell’s is a social meeting place, a space for experiencing life, yet through its art exhibitions it becomes a space for thinking, provoking ideas and contemplating life’s realities. The ‘space’ of Duddell’s is an indispensable part of the exhibition with the whole exhibition area becoming a work of art. My concept is to turn the space into a sketch: a sketch of my previous works, a sketch of the mind and a sketch of life,” says Song.

“Duddell’s is thrilled to be hosting Song Dong: Sketch in Hong Kong,” says Shormi Ahmed, Art Project Manager at Duddell’s. “Our Art Committee are proud to be bringing further thought-provoking contemporary art to the city. Song brings important subject matters of gentrification and rapid urban development to the global art conversation, topics which are highly relevant to Hong Kong where we have recently seen the city council taking greater steps to preserve the city’s older buildings and open space.”

Committed to celebrating work from both emerging and established artists in Asia, Duddell’s features year-round art programmes curated by respected forces in the international art community. Past curators who have exhibited at Duddell’s include Amelie von Wedel, Ai Weiwei, Gregor Muir, Danh Vo and Philip Tinari. Duddell’s Art Programme is overseen by the Art Committee, which is led by cultural leaders Yana Peel, William Zhao, Chantal Wong and Alan Lo.

Duddell’s world class Art Programme is currently displaying Here is Where We Meet’, an exhibition curated by Vivian Poon, Research and Programmes Coordinator at the Hong Kong-based Asia Art Archive. The exhibition, currently on the fourth floor and running until 5 October, considers the link between tradition, individual and place and examines how ‘tradition’ manifests in the works and thought process of local artists.

The third floor of Duddell’s is home to Chinese ink paintings from the M K Lau Collection, giving diners a unique opportunity to experience Chinese paintings differently. On display until the end of the year is Mesmerized by Ink: The Art of Two Hong Kong Masters, co-curated by Catherine Maudsley, showcasing two very individual and influential ink artists, Ding Yanyong and Lui Shou-kwan.

Next year, Duddell’s will be collaborating with Dallas Museum of Art for its March 2016 exhibition. Year-round, there is a great deal to digest at Duddell’s.

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Song Dong Edible City(CityA)

Photo 75 cm x 50.61 cm

with frame:81 cm x 56 .61cm x 6cm

© Song Dong, courtesy of Pace Hong Kong and Duddell’s

Song Dong Edible City(Beijing edible city) Photo 143.1 cm x 70 cm

with frame:149.1 cm x 76 cm x 6cm

© Song Dong, courtesy of Pace Hong Kong and Duddell’s

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Song Dong Edible City(City001)

Photo 60 cm x 80 cm

with frame:66 cm x 86 cm x 6cm

© Song Dong, courtesy of Pace Hong Kong and Duddell’s

Song Dong Edible City(City004)

Photo 60 cm x 90 cm

with frame:66 cm x 96 cm x 6cm

© Song Dong, courtesy of Pace Hong Kong and Duddell’s

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Song Dong Edible Pen Jing(1)

Photo 85.86cm x 60cm

with frame:240cm x 79.5cm x 8 cm

© Song Dong, courtesy of Pace Hong Kong and Duddell’s

Song Dong Edible Pen Jing(4)

Photo 85.86cm x 60cm

with frame :240cm x 79.5cm x 8 cm

© Song Dong, courtesy of Pace Hong Kong and Duddell’s

 unnamed (3)  unnamed (4)
Song Dong Pen Jing -Fish Head Ceramic

120cm x 40cm x 40cm

© Song Dong, courtesy of Pace Hong Kong and Duddell’s

Song Dong Pen Jing – Chinese Cabbage Ceramic

120cm x 40cm x 40cm

© Song Dong, courtesy of Pace Hong Kong and Duddell’s

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