FIRST LOOK | TOMOKAZU MATSUYAMA’S SKY’S THE LIMIT IN HARBOUR CITY, HONG KONG
In Hong Kong, the massive Harbour City shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui doubles as a public art space and is currently playing host to one of Japanese artist & Supertouch buddy Tomokazu Matsuyama‘s most ambitious exhibitions to date. Ambitiously titled Sky’s the Limit, the show is named after the exhibition’s centerpiece, a 6.5 meter-high, stainless steel sculpture (the tallest ever at Harbour City, where KAWS’giant Companion once sat) acting as an homage to the city of Hong Kong, where East and West are blended and coexist.
Brooklyn-based Matsuyama, who also has a dual background, created the sculpture by remixing various subjects from East and West, past and present, and high and low culture. Such inspirations include the 19th century oil painting, “Napoleon Crossing The Alps,” Hokusai’s drawing of a samurai warrior riding a horse, American Playmobil toys, and the Japanese manga, Yu-gi Oh!.
Surrounding the sculpture, Matsuyama has filled the billboards and the entrance gallery area with his kaleidoscopic abstract paintings representing his version of “1,000 Origami Cranes,” a Japanese traditional good luck charm often used as a gift for friends and families. The installation, part of a collaboration between LA-based LeBasse Projects and Harbour City, will be a visual landmark for the next month, greeting the hundred thousand daily visitors to the center for the remainder of the summer.
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