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Ovolo Hotels brings Art Passion to life with MARS Gallery Art Month Partnership

March 19, 2019 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Hong Kong’s hottest designer hotel collection, Ovolo Hotels, will partner with award-winning Melbourne-based contemporary gallery MARS to curate the most compelling arts programme in town during the city’s renowned Art Week including Art Central and Art Basel in March 2019.

Ovolo Hotels have commissioned ground-breaking painter John Aslanidis to create a bespoke wall-painting for a new curated terrace space at the vegetarian restaurant Veda, which sits in the heart of Hong Kong’s thriving arts district. Since the 1990s, John Aslanidis has been exploring the relationship between sound and vision through painting. His stimulating abstract works have been featured in notable galleries such as the Arts Centre Melbourne and Museum of Art + Design Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College at the University of Florida. Well-known for their expertly curated love of contemporary art, the installation by Aslanidis is sure to be a perfect fit for the pioneering hospitality brand’s latest opening.

The buzzing property will also exhibit Stephen Haley’s latest video work. The incredibly technical piece was composed over more than a year using 3D modelling software, with each scene painstakingly crafted to be a virtual sculpture or simulated film set. Each model was coated with texture, positioned, expertly lit and finally ‘filmed’ by a virtual reality camera. The projection will be on display in Ovolo Central’s lift lobby, giving each and every guest the opportunity to experience a world class piece of art whenever entering or leaving the hotel.

Ovolo Central will also embrace its tongue-in-cheek approach to life with a beyond cheeky video-art installation by Hannah Raisin. The shocking yet light-hearted piece pokes fun at preconceptions of ‘being a lady’ and features a frozen strawberry protruding from the risk-taking artists’ bottom — an installation that is sure to be the talk of the town.

Last but not least, guests will be inspired by a moving pop-up video installation by artist and filmmaker Daniel Agdag and producer Liz Kearney. Lost Property Office is a meticulously hand-crafted stop-motion animated short film. The art deco, post-industrial-inspired world featured in the short was realised by hand in Agdag’s beloved medium of cardboard over a pre-production period of 18 months. The stunning feat will run inside the B.I.G meeting space within the Ovolo Central property.

Ovolo Central will also embrace its tongue-in-cheek approach to life with a cheeky video-art installation by Hannah Raisin. The shocking yet light-hearted piece pokes fun at preconceptions of ‘being a lady’ and features a frozen strawberry protruding from the risk-taking artists’ bottom.

Art is also coming to life within the Ovolo owned restaurants and bars with an art inspired cocktail at Komune priced at $90 and an art inspired dish at TQM.  The Komune art cocktail, Lake of Fire is a rum based cocktail, with a wild combination of Amaretto and fresh passion fruit, garnished with lemongrass and a passion fruit shell on fire. The TQM Grandma’s Memory Art Dessert is priced at $70 and is inspired by Chef Alfonso Portillo’s memories of his childhood and time spent with his grandma from Colima, Mexico. The dish includes guava compote, horchata foam, rainbow meringue, guava sorbet and can be enjoyed daily over Art Month.

Ovolo Founder and CEO Girish Jhunjhnuwala is proud for Ovolo Hotels to be a part of this journey of art in Hong Kong, illustrating the company’s support for both acclaimed artists and emerging artists through events such as The Other Art Fair and The Affordable Art Fair.

“I’m really excited that Ovolo Hotels can inspire our guests through art via our partnership with MARS Gallery. I am thrilled that we have an opportunity to bring very edgy, fun and provocative artwork installations into our hotels and provide our guests and the general public an opportunity to experience something truly unique,” said Jhunjhnuwala.

Ovolo Central’s guests will be inspired by a moving pop-up video installation by artist and filmmaker Daniel Agdag and producer Liz Kearney. Lost Property Office is a meticulously hand-crafted stop-motion animated short film. The art deco, post-industrial-inspired world featured in the short was realised by hand in Agdag’s beloved medium of cardboard over a pre-production period of 18 months.

As a hotel collection that prides itself on difference and a non-cookie cutter approach, Ovolo Hotels continues to disrupt the hospitality industry, fusing shared work-spaces, restaurant dining experiences and effortless accommodation together, providing travellers and guests with an all-inclusive experience like no other. By bringing art to life in their hotels Ovolo continue to provide surprising and inspiring out of the box experiences for their guests and local community.

Ovolo Hotels currently has ten hotels operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Hong Kong.

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