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J Plus Hotel by YOO Presents “Phantasmagoria” by Australian Illustrator Chloe Bennett

January 25, 2017 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

J Plus Hotel by YOO, Hong Kong’s first boutique hotel known for its passion for art initiatives, will be presenting Australian illustrator Chloe Bennett’s “Phantasmagoria” exhibition in Hong Kong, attracting the city’s art lovers, and visiting collectors in Spring 2017. This presentation follows a successful record of previous art shows at the art-centric hotel, which has been a destination for art appreciators from all over Hong Kong and visitors from the world. Timed to the anticipated annual art festival of Art Basel, Chloe Bennett’s “Phantasmagoria” will launch on 9th March, and available for public viewing until the 8 July 2017.

J Plus Hotel by YOO x Chloe Bennett will be showcasing a collection of pop-art visual artifacts in the “Phantasmagoria” exhibition, exploring the glorification of mundane, pedestrian objects. Serving as a teaser to the exhibition, guests will be greeted with three bold artworks in the lobby, which invites observers to peel back and explore the hidden meaning of seemingly innocuous objects.

J Plus Hotel by YOO, Hong Kong’s first boutique hotel known for its passion for art initiatives, will be presenting Australian illustrator Chloe Bennett’s “Phantasmagoria” exhibition in Hong Kong, attracting the city’s art lovers, and visiting collectors in Spring 2017.

“I am very excited about the collection selected for the YeahYeahChloe and J Plus collaboration. It is a very playful collection of works which I have had a lot of enjoyment creating. It uses my signature flat aesthetic colours paired with clean lines to create a bizarre collection of images which I hope will intrigue and captivate the Hong Kong audience,” shares the up-and-coming artist, Chloe Bennett.

Using vivid background colours, and a palette of bright pastels, “Gems” showcase colourful gems in a pill blister pack, showcasing the society’s addiction to materialism, while “Legs” playfully portray a body literally falling head over heels into the television with legs sticking out as the antennae.  Meanwhile, “Sleepytime Tea” features two seemingly innocent teabags, in which the contents are little blue and white pills, an uncanny observation into society’s reliance on quick fixes. 

The main exhibition will feature 5 of Chloe Bennet’s aerosol on canvas works, three of which are inspired by Eastern food. The specially commissioned “Brain Food” is a clever play on Cantonese staple of dim sum, where two bright hued brains and a dish of soy sauce are presented in a bamboo steamer basket, while a pair of chopsticks rest atop the edge of the basket. Ramen noodles are entangled on a pair of legs acting as chopsticks, in the hot pink based “Noodles”.  A delightful selection of sushi is presented with a leg as part of the roll in “Sushi”.

The main exhibition will feature 5 of Chloe Bennet’s aerosol on canvas works, three of which are inspired by Eastern food, including “Brain Food” (left) and “Noodles” (right).

“I was asked to create a piece based around the idea of Hong Kong.  ‘Brain food’ originates from my love of discovering new cuisines. I like the idea that something one may consider completely mundane or part of the everyday is somewhat of a discovery for another. This piece is acts as a playful representation of the space between the everyday and that sense of discovery,” Ms. Bennett shares. 

An additional two keeps with the theme of mundane with everyday items. “Sticky Tongue” shows a roll of scotch tape made of a pink tongue, and “Trashcan Coffee” which shows a cup of coffee served in a metal trash can.

Opposite the main exhibition a trio of bold coloured art works stretch the length of the pillar, featuring a variety fruits as focal point. The series consists of “Peach Ass”, “Pear Ass”, and “Cheery Ass”, all of which show a pair of legs drop down from life sized fruits.

The lobby pillars are decorated with “Dynamite Girl”, pink 206mm x 813mm pink aerosol on canvas with repeated prints of legs with a dynamite torso. A pair of legs with scissor handles stretch across three canvasses in “Scissor Legs.” Lastly, “Lighter” is a single elongated canvas showcasing a mint green lighter against a pink background.

“Following the success of our many creative exhibitions in the past few seasons with like-minded local and overseas talent such as Fin Dac and Fansack, J Plus Hotel by YOO is pleased to collaborate with Chloe Bennett, whose works are young, playful, affordable, and aligns with the J Plus DNA,” shares Ms Vivian Chau. “We trust that our guests will be as captivated by “Phantasmagoria” as we are.”

Opposite the main exhibition a trio of bold coloured art works stretch the length of the pillar, featuring a variety fruits as focal point. The series consists of “Peach Ass”, “Pear Ass”, and “Cheery Ass”, all of which show a pair of legs drop down from life sized fruits.

All artworks are available for sale, the team at J Plus Hotel by YOO facilitating the shipment.  A pop-up store will be launched concurrently for admirers to purchase more of Chloe’s products.

Hailing from Queensland, Australia, Chloe Bennett is a breakout, promising young artist who has created a name and niche for herself with her unique digital drawings, with a signature pop-art flare. Chloe’s art commentates on the world around her, making careful observations and explorations of her surroundings. Through the lens of Chloe, every day mundane aspects of life is personified into playful characters that satirizes and critiques our consumption patterns and modern day lifestyles.

“Phantasmagoria” b J Plus Hotel by YOO x Chloe Bennett marks the artist’s first exhibition in Hong Kong. The exhibition will be available for public viewing at the hotel from 9 March to 8 July 2017.

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