Hong Kong — Tuesday, March 5, 2019 — Oui.Gallery announced the opening of its new space in Central Hong Kong with its initial show, “GONG HEI”. Taking place on International Women’s Day, Friday March 8, Oui.Gallery’s first show in the new space off Wyndham Street features the artwork of Iranian painter Maryam Mobasseri living in Hong Kong, notable street artist painting abstracted characters on canvas, Bao Ho, and Saint Louis-based Korean-American sculptor Rachel Youn whom uses traditional forms with new materials.
“Oui.Gallery is opening our commercial contemporary art space in Central Hong Kong for easy accessibility for Hong Kong residents and for people traveling through. The goal of the space is to help clients and visitors to envision artwork in their home or office space,” said Oui.Gallery Co-founder and Director, Redelle Lee. “Previously, we created art shows for clients and hosted pop-up exhibitions, so our new space, which looks out towards Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage, links into the burgeoning art scene in Central Hong Kong.”
“GONG HEI” is a celebration of 1 year of Oui.Gallery in Hong Kong and Saint Louis, two seemingly opposites, both central in their regions.
“Oui.Gallery Hong Kong increases the capacity for cultural bridge building. The new space reaffirms Oui’s commitment to emerge local artists in Hong Kong and Saint Louis,” said Oui.Gallery Co-founder Jon Phillips. “From the densest city with bar graphs to the sky, to the hollowed out post-industrial smart manufacturing of the emerging midwest, Oui.Gallery presents artifacts from artists from both regions in order to enrich your participation in activating history.”
Public Opening: Fri Mar 8, 2019, 6 – 9 PM, Oui.Gallery Hong Kong, 1009 Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
Maryam Mobasseri (Nooshin Sawyer) was born in 1977, one year before the Islamic revolution of Iran, in Tehran. Her passion for painting was discovered at a very early age. Growing up in Iran during the Iran- Iraq war and being constantly confronted by the ongoing effects of the revolution helped her to find the best way to express her feelings through art. To pursue her lifelong dream to be a painter she quit studying nursing in 1999 and soon after started studying art at Honar University (Art) of Tehran. After completing her master degree in art, she moved to Malaysia and later Hong Kong which exposed her to different cultures. Hong Kong and its diversity has played a very significant role in the development of her artistic style.
Born and based in Hong Kong, Bao is a self-taught artist known for her freestyle murals and illustrations. She started her professional career in 2015. Bao has a distinctive style: monochromic art with tightly packed figures including human bodies, animals, flowers and patterns. Her large-scale mural works are transformed into other forms of art through the collaborations with international brands, and she has travelled and worked on projects in all corners of the globe including Australia, Switzerland, UK, France, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Indonesia, Italy and Czech Republic.
Rachel Youn is an artist working in St. Louis, MO. They use sculpture and new media to poke fun at hierarchal narratives embedded in objects and lifestyles. Sourcing from home furnishing stores and oriental goods peddled on craigslist, their work collapses notions of authenticity and artifice through the lens of identity. They received their BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 and has had solo exhibitions at the Bermuda Project (Ferguson, MO), Erica Popp Studios + Gallery and the Millitzer Gallery (St. Louis, MO). Their work has been included in group exhibitions in St. Louis at the Sheldon Art Galleries, Parapet Real Humans, the Luminary and Flood Plain (St. Louis, MO), Open House (Kansas City, MO) and CICA Museum (Gyeonggi-do, South Korea).
Upcoming group exhibitions include Here/There (Portland, OE), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Los Angeles, CA) and Granite City Art and Design District (Granite City, IL). They are a recipient of the Regional Arts Commission Artist Support Grant and the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship.
Oui.Gallery is an international contemporary art gallery featuring emerging artists and making innovative shows in Hong Kong and Saint Louis.
Oui.Gallery Hong Kong
1009 Yu Yuet Lai Building
43-55 Wyndham St
Central, Hong Kong
Opening, Friday, March 8, 6-9 PM
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