Art Basel Hong Kong announces Encounters - Art Collector

Dane Mitchell, Fourfold Threshold, 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland, and RaebervonStenglin, Zurich.

Art Basel Hong Kong has announced this year’s edition of Encounters, which will present 20 ambitious and large-scale projects by artists from across Asia and beyond.

Curated for the first time by Alexie Glass-Kantor, executive director of Artspace in Sydney, this year’s edition presents 20 artworks from artists from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, United Kingdom and the United States.

In her first curation of the sector, Glass-Kantor focuses on ‘landscape urbanism’, which looks “…at the spaces within cities in which to pause, inhale and reflect before returning to the dynamics of urban activity”, and sees the Art Basel Hong Kong show in many ways a city within a city that channels the energy of the international market place.

“…Many works alter or revisit our view of the world, representing it not
as we 'know' it to be, but rather as we innately sense or imagine it
to be”.

One of the Encounters highlights is from Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney, who will present Square Cloud Compound by artist Mikala Dwyer. Dwyer’s installations are often mysterious, with weird shifts in scale, mismatched objects and precarious construction.

Another collaboration, Hopkinson Mossman from Auckland and RaebervonStenglin from Zurich, will show a new work by New Zealand artist Dane Mitchell. Fourfold Threshold is a large floor-based sculpture accompanied by four banner-like ink jet prints on silk of the artist's hand in different poses, depicting hand gestures that according to various mystical belief systems are thought to, with practice, activate certain magical powers.

Emily Cones-Browne

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