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Launched by SIMON BIRCH : Internationally Acclaimed Hong Kong Artist THE 14th FACTORY : 150,000 sq. ft Hong Kong Art Project in Los Angeles Impacts Global Art Scene

June 17, 2017 Attraction No Comments Email Email
The 14th Factory is Hong Kong’s first LARGEST & HOTTEST art project to make global impact. After international recognition, visits from hundreds of world celebrities and influencers, daily sold out tickets, an extended closing date and around-the-block queues, Hong Kong-born exhibition The 14th Factory continues to make history as Hong Kong’s largest and hottest world art project with over 150,000 square foot of epic multiple-media art experiences.

Reinventing three acres of an empty industrial warehouse and lot on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, yet originating in Hong Kong as the brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Simon Birch and other collaborative creative talents of twenty other artists from around the world. Birch is the first ever Hong Kong artist making such unprecedented international impact on the world’s growing art scene.

Based on his strong belief that humanity has a collective historical experience, The 14th Factory is a monumental, multiple-media, socially engaged art and documentary experience conceived by the Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch. Taking over three acres of an empty industrial warehouse in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, the location has been transformed into a factory where Birch and his collaborators work and manufacture their art, creating an ever-changing immersive environment of 14 interlinked spaces comprised of video, installation, sculpture, paintings and performance created in collaboration with Birch and a global community of twenty interdisciplinary artists from China, Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. In entering The 14th Factory, the visitor is transformed into a central player in a collaboratively fabricated adventure and motion picture that engages and unfolds, uniting individuals to the creative process and to each other. The experience challenges the current political climate by celebrating creative diversity, unity and the act of overcoming obstacles and challenges as a global society – all pieces of art that culminate into an arts and culture experience the world is lining up to enter. 

“Borders and borderlessness– it’s an uncomfortable way of living” says Simon Birch, who over the last twenty years in both his Hong Kong studio and abroad, has produced incredibly substantive bodies of work that explore the theme of connection and dislocation across scales. From large-scale, yet intimate oil paintings, to multiple-media installation pieces and interactive architectural spaces that viewers can enter, Birch’s artistic vision demonstrates his protagonists appearing torn between attraction and repulsion as they fly or fall, their bodies twisting in a gravitational vortex. These shifting symmetries of power and vulnerability are particularly evident in The 14th Factory.

Gaining global recognition from superstars like Usher and Sam Smith, celebrities like Jared Leto, and influencers like Chiara Ferragni, The 14th Factory continues to be visited daily by renown figures both inside and out of the arts and culture industry. Within the art community, first-class leaders of the industry including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), and more refer to the exhibition as an unstoppable force. Even cultural institutions like The Walt Disney Company, and Hollywood filmmakers are looking to their 14th Factory visits for inspiration. Outside of the industry, government leaders like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and more are sharing the importance of the exhibition to the greater arts and culture community.

In The 14th Factory, the audience comes face-to-face with not only Birch’s life story, but more importantly, a relatable, connected Hong Kong cultural experience that the world is now looking to. The story that each Hong Kong local or expat can relate to in their own way. Birch connects a personal lifeworld – a journey from self-confessed ‘hooligan’ to self-taught artist – with a global story of entanglement scored to the brutal rhythms of capital expansion and contraction, making collaborative art that breaks down borders even as it recognizes the tug of tribal belonging. The 14th Factory will continue to impact the world with its Hong Kong origins that demand to be listened to, even long after the show closes.

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