The word art seems to be deemed commonly as fine art, something mysterious and unattainable, like a million-dollar painting on the wall of top-notch galleries, expensive and exclusive.
But the opposite is true. Art is right on the streets, right in front of you, right here. That’s why I love street art, because it’s amiable and less distant – you can touch it and feel it, it’s everywhere and you see it anytime.
Recently I learned about the ‘Hidden Street’ community project by Pearl Lam Galleries and am feeling excited about it. The Galleries, located on 189 Queen’s Road West, is now turned into a vivid place full of street art installations by nine Hong Kong-based street artists including 4get, Anny, Bao, Cath Love, Felipe Wong, Hadrian Lam, Peter Yuill, Sinic, and Uns. These artists have been chosen for the project as their works have strong connections with Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan, the areas that surround the Galleries.
For me, Sai Ping Pun is a perfect place for creating street art. The neighborhood is a great example of instant time travel between the old and new Hong Kong. Once an area where the British military settled upon arrival in early 1800s with mainland Chinese and European immigrants flocking in, now it has transformed into a trendy spot with modern restaurants, boutiques and galleries and of course, a mix of locals and foreigners.
It’s fascinating to see how the artists portrait the streets like how they try to keep their own memories of their Hong Kong, the place they belong to.
From now on until September 11, apart from showcasing the art installations at the Galleries, project also covers a series of events, talks and workshops to allow art lovers to get to know the local Hong Kong culture through the programs.
The Galleries will present talks hosted by local indie band lead singer and illustrator Jan Curious, a youth workshop for ages 10–16, and a movie screenings of On the Road daily from 3pm to 4pm.
Hidden Street Community Project
10 August–11 September, 2015
Monday–Saturday, noon–7pm; Sunday, noon–5pm
Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong SOHO
No. 1, G/F & 1/F, SOHO 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong