Hong Kong’s first boutique hotel J Plus Hotel by YOO officially unveiled a new pop art exhibition titled “Rupa” by Chinese urban contemporary artist Fansack to much acclaim and success in late September. Complementing 17 curated art pieces exhibiting in the Hotel’s dedicated art space Art@JPlus from 22 September to 31 December 2016, the launch also saw the unveiling of two stunning murals crafted by Fansack on the exterior of the hotel, adding a vibrant new look to the boutique property.
Fansack’s well-known and loved Oriental inspired art brings to life the subject of Eastern philosophies through delightful colours that juxtapose the serenity of what his art conveys, bringing a modernism and urban edge to each of his pieces. Cohering with J Plus’ design and cultural aesthetic, he complements the hotel space with his inspiring art, which brings to the forefront the question of reality, existence, and human nature; while inviting guests to further delve into the transcendental realm of “Rupa” through varying colour shades and unconventional postures of Zen.
As an artist known for his exhilarating installations, Fansack turns Chill@JPlus, the open-air terrace located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel into his very own canvas, gracing the walls with two stunning displays of his artistry, including the aptly named “Hong Kong Dream”.
“Hong Kong Dream”, inspired by the iconic personalities of Hong Kong, the bold statement piece features Mr Tsang Tsou Choi, MC Yan and the Lantau Big Buddha in shades of fuchsia, orange, and red emulating the orb of the sun. Each character represents the mark they have made in Hong Kong’s pop culture, such as Mr Tsang, more informally known as “King of Kowloon”, a celebrated graffiti artist who became a mainstay in Hong Kong’s art culture after claiming Kowloon through art for 50 years, based on the “fact” that the city “belonged” to his grandfather.
MC Yan, is referred to as the Hong Kong godfather of Hip Hop, having influenced the culture of hip hop through music, fashion, and art in the city. He was deemed the first graffiti artist by TIME magazine. The Tian Tan Big Buddha symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature – a foundation of Fansack’s art. Situated on two corner walls on the exterior of the hotel, “Hong Kong Dream” is designed to be enjoyed horizontally as a whole by guests.
Complementing the unique exterior wall is “Wisdom Tree”. In line with Fansack’s central figure of an ape, this exterior wall mural celebrates Fansack’s meditative ape, draped in a frock to enhance the mystery of the character. A little tree is planted atop the ape’s head, which represents wisdom. A glowing red in colour, the vibrant mural symbolises the way Buddha calmly observes the city, amidst the buzz and hustle of Causeway Bay.
Within the hotel property, Fansack presents his first solo exhibition with 17 curated pieces for the hotel, including three specially commissioned pieces, “Ape Karma” in Red, “Ape Karma” in Blue, and “See No Ego”. These three pieces see the meditating ape of “Wisdom Tree” as its central character, and call to question the many ways in which “Rupa” can be manifested in Buddhist teachings.
“We are delighted by the excitement and buzz we have received on our partnership with Fansack,” shares Ms Vivian Chau, General Manager, J Plus Hotel by YOO. “We love it when artists like Fansack can go one step beyond the normal exhibition, and incorporate our hotel into being part of the exhibition.”
While this marks Fansack’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, the artist’s celebrated career began in 2003 with street murals in his hometown of Chengdu. His artistic talents were refined in his second home, France, where he began making a name for himself as a creator of eye-catching murals through various colours and images in stable yet vigorous atmospheres in public places. Best known for “the blues” he has created memorable pieces for solo and group exhibitions in Asia and Europe which showcases his skills of managing nuances and shades of blue as a subject for his works. His focus on Eastern philosophy through much of his art has earned him much recognition as an artist who fosters soothing and tolerant characteristics.
Art lovers can enjoy “Rupa” by Fansack at J Plus Hotel by YOO from now on till 31 December 2016.