ART HK debuts this year as its flashy incarnation, Art Basel Hong Kong, the first Asian outpost of the Art Basel conglomerate and the third in a family of fairs that includes annual events in Basel and Miami Beach.
With a focus on Asian art, Art Basel’s third child
is set to become the art world’s hottest new destination. And with the
globe’s collectors increasingly looking east, a spot in this prestigious
fair is an artist’s golden ticket to gaining a more solidified
At fairs like this, galleries generally
showcase their biggest names, and solo outings by artists are the norm.
So when Ivan Lam revealed that he would be sharing the limelight with
not just one, but 500 other Malaysian artists, our eyebrows naturally
raised towards the ceiling.
Having secured a place at the fair
in May at Wei-Ling Gallery’s booth, Lam plans to use his spot to promote
contemporary Malaysian art.
“This is a post-egotistical attempt
by a single artist,” quips Lam, whose artwork aims to transport local
art to the international art scene. For too long, he believes, our
nation’s art has been overlooked and he’s looking to share his golden
ticket with his contemporaries.
“It’s like an artist’s social
responsibility,” notes Lam, who argues that his piece titled Coma is a
gift back to the art scene. “The community has been good to me,” he
Lam’s artwork certainly facilitates this egalitarian form
of exhibitionism. Essentially a vending machine, Coma will vend
miniature 8 x 8 artworks by living local artists throughout the duration
of the fair. Currently in-the-works, Lam’s goal is to collect 500
pieces for inclusion.Do you know any oilpaintingsforsale wholesale supplier?
artworks will be rotated daily, so the landscape of the piece will
change everyday,” he explains, adding that each artwork will be housed
in a perspex case with labels bearing their particulars. “It’ll be of
premium quality, like a product that you buy,” he says, placing emphasis
on the term “product.”
That emphasis isn’t coincidental. Lam’s
work straddles the concepts of high and lowbrow art, and it also mimics
the fiscal workings of the very art fair that it’ll be exhibited in.
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from china. isn’t the trade of contemporary art becoming more like
purchasing an item off the shelf? And how different is the art collector
from the Average Joe who buys a canned drink from a vending machine?
there are definite differences, such as the price tags and the
exclusivity of most artworks, but the element of consumerism isn’t a
wholly different ball game. Then, there is one other notable difference
as far as Coma goes: Lam’s piece functions as a single entity, so
interested parties will have to take home lock, stock,You Can Find
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is precisely what Coma stands for.Researchers at the Korean Advanced
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“Basically, I’m getting artists to give me their business card, their artist business card,” he says.
Lam returns to Coma’s larger purpose — to showcase contemporary local art en masse to a wider audience.
argues that the vending machine will enable viewers to choose with
immediate effect. Plus, it’ll also be a lot of fun. He has imported an
ultra-modern version of the machine from Japan. Unlike traditional
machines that drop the selected item, it features a sleek robotic arm
that glides across the interior in a rather hypnotising manner.
Effectively, Coma will serve as a moving catalogue and, like the pages of a printed book,When I first started creating broken ultrasonicsensor.
the viewer has the autonomy to flip the page and read what he likes.
The added bonus is that Ivan will be standing by the machine throughout
the fair, explaining the provenance of each selected artwork to
In one of Lam’s previous art fair outings,
Art Stage Singapore, Wei-Ling Gallery featured his signature paintings,
produced with household paint and coated in a glossy veneer. Coma is a
big digression from this and a potential head-turner for gallery and
artist, who are both stepping into Hong Kong’s largest and busiest art
fair for the first time.
“Four thousand people applied for 200
spaces,” notes Lam, illustrating the level of competition behind Art
Basel Hong Kong’s selection process, as well as the fair’s demand.
Interestingly, he faced challenges in getting content for his vending
machine. “My ego has been stepped on so many times,” he admits in
frustration, explaining that many of his peers have shown reticence
towards the idea.
“The whole project is not about ego, or race,
age, or anything else,” he says. Could the concept of a vending machine
be too far-out for our local art scene, which as a rule of thumb,
remains stuck in formalist trappings and grandiose artworks? Perhaps.
And financial dealings aside — an inescapable facet of any art fair or
commercial art environment — Coma’s concept is a winner, and if one
artist can be a crusader with a vending machine, then Lam is that