Future Industries: recent exhibitions (2010 – 2011)
Future Industries curated three major art exhibitions in Spring-Summer 2011, two in Hong Kong and one in Beijing. Through these projects, Future Industries has begun to develop a new model of the art gallery by creating temporary and dramatic new spaces for artists to show their work. Displayed at the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences was a dual exhibition by two Hong Kong based artists, Simon Birch and Prodip. In the main museum building, which was converted into a ‘white cube’ gallery space, was ‘Laughing with a Mouthful of Blood’, where Simon Birch returned to oil and canvas, exhibiting a series of large-scale figurative paintings. The museum annex within the gardens of the museum was restored to showcase a series of paintings by Prodip, largely inspired by UFO phenomena. In this joint exhibition, Future Industries used two distinct areas of the same space to present the work of the two artists, enabling visitors to experience both Birch’s and Prodip’s exhibitions alongside each other, as part of Future Industries work to represent and exhibit contemporary artists in the Asia region.
Further afield in mainland China, Future Industries also curated a Beijing-based project, exhibiting the large-scale multimedia installation, ‘Hope and Glory; A Conceptual Circus by Simon Birch’. This critically acclaimed exhibition originally opened at the ArtisTree, Taikoo Place in Hong Kong in April 2010 and has since been relocated and reassembled in Beijing, at G-Dot Art Space in the Song Zhuang Eastern Art District, with a new direction and emphasis. The ‘circus’ consists of a series of films, sculptures, paintings and structural environments, taking the audience on a fascinating and immersing adventure through a metaphorical world created by the artist, Simon Birch. Just as the archetypal circus brought together spectacular “sideshows” from all over the world to create a multi-sensory allegory of foreign adventure, in ‘Hope and Glory; A Conceptual Circus by Simon Birch,’ Birch brought together artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, actors, gaming wizards, and architects, from Hong Kong and abroad to create his incredible spectacle.
Future Industries is currently developing future projects with its artists in London, Los Angeles, Beijing, and Hong Kong for 2011-2012.