K11 Presents A World in a Well in Hong Kong for First Time Artwork by Chinese contemporary artist Song Dong
From 10 November 2016 to 15 January 2017, K11 will showcase for the first time in Hong Kong the signature artwork A World in a Well by Song Dong, one of the most internationally renowned contemporary artists from China. Inspired by Song Dong’s artwork, a number of international and local artists and designers will jointly present “A WORLD IN A WELL” Exhibition, creating art works with the conceptual exploration of surplus value and encouraging the public to engage in reflections to discover new ways of seeing the world during the bustling and flourishing festive season.
Throughout his art journey over the years, Song Dong has been committed to the idea that “life is art, art is life” when exploring new values in discarded objects, making them a part of life as well as turning art exhibitions into family gathering space. K11 will display his large-scale art installation A World in a Well for the first time in Hong Kong, inviting art lovers to appreciate Song Dong’s life as an artist and offering the public an opportunity for reflection, retrospection and looking ahead as one year transitions into another.
Installed at K11 Atrium, the main structure of the over five-meter tall A World in a Well is created from more than 40 recycled windows and doors. The golden mirrors embedded in the exterior of the artwork signify a luxurious yet mendacious world. When stepping into this magnificent well, the surrounding mirrors constantly reflect the lights overhead to project a gorgeous and infinite visual illusion, presenting a sharp contrast to the reality of a claustrophobic space. This “glamorous emptiness” created by Song Dong is a metaphor for his inner world and the real world. In his eyes, people are narrow-minded like frogs trapped at the bottom of wells, though our wells may differ in size. Leaving one well may yet mean facing a larger one. However, as long as people boldly face their own limitations and challenges, and re-evaluate their sense of self-worth, they may come to a different understanding of the world.
Details about the art works by other international and local artists and designers featured in “A WORLD IN A WELL” Exhibition will be announced in due course. Stay tuned!
K11 “A WORLD IN A WELL” Exhibition
A World in a Well by Song Dong
Date: 10 November 2016 – 15 January 2017
Venue: K11 Atrium