A day with… an Artist
Artist, FOST Gallery
Sookoon Ang graduated with an Honors Degree from the School of Visual Arts, New York. She exhibited in numerous international and local exhibitions and has participated in many coveted artist residencies, including the prestigious Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and the International
Studio & Curatorial Program, New York. She was also an invited artist at the Beijing International Art Biennale in 2008 and 2010. Her works have featured at Art Stage 2013, the Singapore Biennale 2013 as well as the Night Festival 2013.
What is your typical art fair routine? What is the first thing you do when you enter the hall?
I’d alternatively hang out in my gallery’s booth and revisit artworks I enjoy. First thing I do is to say hello to my gallerist, Stephanie Fong.
Any particular artists or galleries you are looking forward to see?
The work of Chinese artist, He An, which is exhibited in both Galerie Daniel Templon and Tang Contemporary is so good. He creates phrases in Chinese that are composed of stolen neon signs. It is conceptual and imbued with pathos at the same time. The broken plexiglass and scratched-up metal of the neon signs have a poignant effect on me. Even his name, He An in Chinese is poetic. It sounds like “River Bank”. (This is not a paid endorsement like most things on the internet. This is true love.)
It can be daunting or overwhelming to see so much art, give us your top 3 tips - how to tackle an art fair.
I always do a quick walk through of the fair and then go back to examine the particular works that caught my interest, keep chats with acquaintances to the minimum and zone out the crowd.
What do you like or dislike most about art fairs?
It’s fun to see a great variety of artwork. There’s nothing much I dislike about art fairs. It is what it is. And when I have enough of looking, I’d go home.
Favourite bar or restaurant after a hard day’s work visiting the fair and galleries?
Drinking out doesn’t interest me. I rather be in my tshirt in front of the telly. Or just walk the streets of Hong Kong at night. It’s reminiscent of Blade Runner, one of my favorite films. I’d eat any roast duck on rice between the fair and my lodgings.
During this time in HK, what are the must-see art; any special events or exhibitions we shouldn’t miss?
My work at Fost Gallery’s booth definitely, and He An’s work.
Sookoon Ang’s sculpture ‘Your Storm is Warm Waters’ will make its debut at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014. It is the first time Sookoon is working in cast aluminum. The phrase is taken from one of her own poems.
Art Basel Hong Kong takes place from 15 – 18 May 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Booth 1C14.
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