Mar
28
to Apr 27

Group Exhibition: "Mediocre."

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Mediocre is presented by Nock Art Foundation and curated by This is NOT a Gallery.

Opening Reception:
March 28th, 2018
18:00-22:00

Exhibition Period:
March 28th - April 27th, 2018
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00

As a collaborative exhibition between the Nock Art Foundation and This is NOT a Gallery, mediocre features works highlighting emerging talent from Hong Kong’s cultural underbelly. Bridging the gap between the Nock Art Foundation’s established audience and the inclusive network of young creatives surrounding This is NOT a Gallery, the show challenges the hierarchical structure of the art and culture scene along with the labels that maintain divisions.

The artists use varying artistic vocabulary to explore the power dynamic associated with labels. The power they represents to us as apposed to the power they bear over us. The show encompasses a broad range of media from painting and photography to audio-visual installation and experimental textile design. Each artist approaches the idea of mediocrity from a unique perspective, offering both deviating interpretations and unifying truths. The work itself, presented in an alternative fashion, encourages the audience to interact with the pieces and consider the implications of the term “mediocre” within the context of art.

Instant gratification has become the norm as a result of modern technology. Our collective attention span has shortened considerably with certain studies suggesting that since the year 2000 the average attention span has dropped to eight seconds. A gold fish, in comparison, has an attention span of nine seconds. In an effort to cater to this shift in our culture, entertainment has conformed to our diminishing standards. The arts are not exempt from this process. Audiences have come to demand fast and easily digestible art, a niche for mediocre art.

By elevating artwork by emerging artists with the resources of the Nock Art Foundation, the myth of mediocrity is challenged. The question of how a shift in focus influences artistic mediums becomes apparent. The exhibition takes aim at the labels we use to define art and methodically breaks them down.

Featuring artwork by:
Ane Alfeiran
Jeff Chow
Michelle Claase
Hugo Diker
Yuki Furusawa
Sophie Horrocks
Philippine Vidart

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Feb
3
to Feb 4

Behind the Scenes: "Captivity" Short Film Production

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Captivity (2018) is an experimental short film (currently in post-production), shot entirely from the victim's subjective point of view. 

The is a story about Stockholm Syndrome, told from the perspective of a female victim held captive somewhere inside a warehouse building.

Written by Michelle Claase, directed by Evangelo Costadimas and produced by BAO BAO FILMS, co-produced by Dorcas Hor with cinematography by Michael Rush.

All images Copyright Bao Bao films © 2018

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May
20
4:00 PM16:00

Artist Talk and Panel Discussion: "Reflections on Trans.Figuration"

 

Reflections on trans.figuration Artist Talk, 4-5PM

The four participating artists of t r a n s . f i g u r a t i o n  share their perspectives on transformation and intervention as an essential part of their bodies of work. The talk is moderated by SCAD Fine Arts BFA alumna Sophie Cyzewski.

Participating Artists: Michelle Claase, Dik Luke, Inga Nelli, Sharu Sikdar

 

Transition Panel Discussion, 5-6PM

Moderated by Vivienne Chow (Critic and Founder of Cultural Journalism Campus) the panel discuss what emerging artists need to establish a career in Hong Kong. 

Panelists: Lauren Every-Wortman (founder of HOCA), John Lui (artist and former Red Gate Residence director), and Andrew Luk (Artist) discuss the landscape of HK art scene and its opportunities for emerging artists. 

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May
18
to May 20

Fine Arts Graduates Exhibition: trans.figuration

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Opening reception Thursday, May 18th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm

The  t r a n s . f i g u r a t i o n  exhibition represents the cumulative point for the work of four fine art graduates as they transition into the art world. The show features Hong Kong based artists Michelle Claase, Dik Luke, Inga Nelli and Sharu Sikdar, who work with a variety of media including painting, mixed media, installation and new media. Through the process of intervention and transformation, the artists reveal the ways in which they interpret the fluctuating waves of life. Although each artist has a distinct approach to artmaking, they all share the common thread of translating their unique perspectives and transient experiences into more tangible, visual forms. The show reflects an intersection of marks, lines and layers, which typifies their evolving artistic identities.


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Oct
27
to Nov 6

Group Exhibition: "Disclosed"

We are pleased to announce Disclosed, a multi-media group exhibition, curated by Michelle Claase, and hosted by Campfire Creative.

The exhibition features work related to language used in both verbal and visual communication. Artist’s deal with themes surrounding language used in both public and private space. Through the artist’s analysis and recontextualization of both written and spoken words, new dialogues and messages are created.

Featuring Artworks By:
Janine Claase
Michelle Claase
Sophie Cyzewski
Pong Tong


Michelle Claase (b.1989, South Africa) is an emerging artist whose recent work deals with text sources which are often disregarded or avoided. The mass amount of information we encounter daily makes it difficult for us to grasp, or to detect authenticity within content. By adjusting the format, and presenting it as art, the work plays on the audience’s expectations and manipulates the viewer into acknowledging information they might usually have chosen to ignore.

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Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

"SEVEN": Fine Art Exhibition

XXX Gallery presents Seven, a fine art exhibition curated by Jonathan Yoerger. The exhibition features seven emerging artists, from seven different countries, all based in Hong Kong.

Featured Artists:
Boroka Panna Kopacz
Chan Yin Sing (Adrian)
Francesca Inciong
Inga Nelli
Ingjerd Ytterdal
Michelle Claase
Ni Qian Hui (Trista)


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Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition: RE-FORMAT

Opening Reception / Thursday, March 17, 2016 7-10PM
Artist Talk / Thursday, March 17, 2016 8PM


We are pleased to announce RE-FORMAT, a group exhibition featuring works by Michelle Claase, Sophie Cyzewski, Jason Kam, Wai Lung Ip, and Yi-Hsin Tzeng. The works exhibited explore each artist's distinctive narratives and experiences in deconstruction and alteration of personal identity within the fluxes of contemporary time and fluid art media. Their works are manifested in alternative painting, magazine paper, digital media, and performances while invoking and challenging the notion of body objectification, value of labor and art, and complex layers of dislocation. Michelle Claase, Sophie Cyzewski, and Jason Kam are current candidates for Painting BFA at SCAD-HK.


Michelle Claase (b.1989, South Africa) has been based in Hong Kong for the past seven years. She often deals with the body as the subject of her work, exploring themes surrounding identity, anonymity, defence mechanisms and entrapment within the human form. Claase's background as a fashion model has contributed to her interest with the body. In her recent work, Claase alters the image of the models from fashion magazines, removing and fragmenting the figures' identities and bodies to transform them like lifeless dolls - mannequins. The figures' disassembled parts are reattached, re-visualized to look like puppets, which evokes the fashion industry's exploitive usage of body images in its branding. 

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Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition: "Raw"

RAW, an independently organized group show held at DreamLikeBubbles in Kennedy Town, features new mixed media work by 9 emerging Hong Kong based artists.

Featured Artists:
Aurore Baron
Michelle Claase
Mandy Kan
Johanna Keim
Tim Lai
Ethan Lo
Marcus Lo
Benny Sin
Inbal Sella
Hanna Yang


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Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk: SCADtalks 2015

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Michelle Claase (B.F.A., painting), Panna Kopacz (B.F.A., interior design), and Corinne Caro (B.F.A., sequential art) will deliver masterful presentations, using various storytelling techniques to discuss their artwork and personal creative goals at SCADtalks 2015.

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