American artist Joel Shapiro’s large sculpture Untitled (1992) exhibits the signature sense of movement in Shapiro’s works, which, through the arrangement of simplified elements, are powerfully suggestive of active human forms that engage viewers’ physical and psychological relationships with space. Subverting a distinction between abstraction and representation, the artist reconsiders the modern figurative tradition, creating abstract geometric sculpture that appears to reach, balance, and dance. His work as a whole can be seen as an ongoing succession of movements in which each individual work represents one significant action.
Joel Shapiro, Untitled, 1992, bronze, 10' 7-3/4" x 6' 6-3/4" x 2' 3" © 2020 Joel Shapiro / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, courtesy Pace Gallery
Joel Shapiro (b. 1941, New York) is an artist of international prominence. He has executed more than thirty commissions and publicly sited sculptures in major Asian, European and North American cities and has been the subject of more than 160 solo exhibitions and retrospectives internationally. In his recent investigations of the expressive possibility of form and color in space, the artist suspends painted wooden elements from the ceiling, wall, and floor, exploring the projection of thought into space without the constraint of architecture. In 2011, the artist energized the monumental forty-three foot-tall gallery at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany with fifteen vibrantly painted wooden elements.
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The “Little Nature Ambassador Programme” is curated by Nature Discovery Park in partnership with The Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong – founded by United Nations Peace Ambassador, Dr. Jane Goodall. The Programme is also supported by local social organizations Beyond Vision Projects, AESIR and SLCO Community Resources Limited.
Each participant will be able to receive:
• An e-Certificate of Achievement signed by Nature Discovery Park and The Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong upon completion of all modules.
• Four online modules - covering Earth, Sea and Sky natural elements, Hong Kong’s Biodiversity, Lifecycle of Plants, Sustainable Living Tips and Recycling Concepts to encourage children to adopt Eco-friendly daily habits.
• One Take-home learning kit – Nature Discovery Park Storybook, Tactile learning sheets with Braille and augmented reality-enabled sign bilingual vocabulary learning package.
This programme aims to nurture a new generation of sustainability changemakers. Through the multi-sensory learning kit, children will discover the mysteries of nature and be motivated to care about the environment. The programme also aims to promote social inclusion and Creating Shared Value (CSV).
Age : 4 to 8 years old
Online Eco-leadership Programme
Do you know how many insect species live in Hong Kong? 10,000, 20,000 or 30,000? No one knows the exact number, but for sure, they exceed any other groups of animals or plants in terms of diversity. Another certainty is the paramount role that insects play in the functioning and health of ecosystems, even if these roles are often underappreciated or even misunderstood by most people.
Nature Discovery Park and the School of Biological Sciences of The University of Hong Kong co-developed the online eco-leadership programme, which aims to introduce the ecological importance of biodiversity and participants will learn about the direct resources insects provide to human, as well as the influence they have in science and art.
Date: Self-paced with all modules to be completed by 30 Sep 2020
Part 1: Little insects keep the world moving.
Part 2: Service-oriented little insects – why not!
Part 1: Love art, love science = love insects! Insects benefit various aspects in our lives.
Part 2: How are insects collected responsibly? Are they everywhere?
Part 1: Learn insect-inspired “morse code” and share scientific facts confidently!
Part 2: Insects have superhero capabilities too, what would they be?
Time: 12:00nn – 6:00pm every day
Fee: HK$200 includes 1 piece of 30x30cm canvas, 1 set of paint brushes, 1 set of acrylic colours, 1 palette & 1 apron
Package is available for purchase and pick-up at Koncierge on G/F, B1 or B2, or KLUB 11 Koncierge on 4F
Touching on society’s obsession with youth and beauty, Jesper Just’s film Servitudes explores the tension between femininity and autonomy amidst larger capitalistic and commodifying structures.
A young woman, played by Dree Hemingway, sits alone in an office eating a raw ear of corn. Her hands are secured by Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) devices, which both aid and hinder her ability to eat. A symbolic nod to the disparity between one's identity and one’s socially constructed image, the woman’s interactions with the audience waver between flirtation and apathy, exposing the compromising representations by which the female gender is portrayed.
As Just explains, “Servitudes is not an individual but a construct, the embodiment of a social mechanism. She cannot criticise a system whose existence inherently begets her existence. This tension is expressed in her actions—as she eats the corn, her hands are restrained. Even the corn itself relates back to the social system—a world of GMOs and capital gain. She too is modified, manipulated, a pawn in a power play that is both hidden and transparent.”
Servitudes premiered at Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2015. It was also shown on the screens of Times Square in New York, and is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Actress: Dree Hemingway
Music: Frédéric Chopin, Prelude Op. 28 No. 17 in A Flat Major
Jesper Just (b. 1974, Denmark) has shown extensively around the world, representing Denmark at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in notable institutions including Museo Anahuacalli (Mexico City), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), West Den Haag (The Hague), Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead), ARoS (Aarhus), and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul) as well as at Performa 15, a biennial of visual arts performance, in Times Square (New York).
Just’s work can be found in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Modern (London), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Helsinki), Musée d’Art Moderne (Luxembourg), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), the Danish National Gallery (Copenhagen), Arken Museum (Ishøj), ARoS (Aarhus), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk), and Heart Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (Herning), among many others.
Servitudes (film still), 2015
Courtesy the artist and Perrotin
Please visit www.perrotin.com for more information on its gallery space on 8/F of K11 ATELIER.