Thursday, October 13, 2011
JANUARY 4TH : An Inaugural Design Exhibition in Hong Kong by André Dubreuil, Patrice Butler and Danful Yang
Fabrique en Chine-House Wife Loves it
Appropriation-Inspired by Jeff Koons
2007 Replica bags/fabric upholstery with elmwood frame
Mahjong Dining Table
2011 Hand-painted elmwood
21st Century ROCKoKO:buccibag
Hong Kong - Pearl Lam Design is proud to present January 4th, a group design show that will be on view for the first time at the Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Art Centre, October 13-41, 2011. The exhibition will showcase a diverse mix of limited edition designs by three renowned international artists AndréDubreuil, Patrice Butler, and Danful Yang.
Similar to traditional tales in which fate brings people together, all three featured designers were born on January 4th in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘80s. This exhibition uses their birthday as a starting point to explore cross-cultural design through these designers’ aesthetic confluences and differences, which are representative of their different generations and nationalities.
Pearl Lam draws together these diverse designers through a shared fascination with traditional Chinese craftsmanship, materials and imagery, which challenges the Western conception of Industrial design. The three designers incorporate their contemporary prospective with traditional Chinese handmade craftsmanship.
French designer André Dubreuil is a leading figure in the contemporary decorative arts world. Dubreuil’s “decorative artwork” can be found in the permanent collections of some of the most important museums, including the Louvre, The Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Vitra Museum. For this exhibition he will present his Fabrique en Chine by Dike Shoes (2010). With this handmade porcelain piece, he aims to illustrate that the Chinese can make beautifully crafted objects, overcoming the European misconception that everything in China is poorly constructed.
Patrice Butler is a British-trained architect, who first came to Asia in 1993. Butler’s aim is to create a polyvalent-design, which originates from high tech graphics and is transformed into Futurist “Chinoiserie”. He creates a new decorative language, which incorporates the multi-cultured complexity of a contradictory modern world.Butler’s Nixon and Kissinger chairs are fun cashmere, vinyl and polyester re- interpretations of office furniture of the early 1970s.
Chinese designer Danful Yang’s playful works combine objects and materials in unexpected ways. She uses both traditional Chinese art and craft techniques, as well as, modern Western materials. This reflects her own cross-cultural experiences in cosmopolitan Shanghai and abroad. culture. Her Fake series is a bombardment of visual stimuli, turning imitation into originality and reflecting the onslaught of a globalized consumer Commissioned especially for the exhibition, Yang’s new work Meh Meh Yang aims to remind people of ideals, highlighting the need for “heroic dreams” in our busy lives. Yang says, “Dreams, like diamonds, should not fade with a busy life, but become brighter....”
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 6-8pm
Exhibition on show from October 14-31, 2011
HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, The Pao Galleries
4/F, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
General Hours: October 14- 30, 10-8pm ; October 31, 10-3pm