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A Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing online magazine. Published on Fridays.
A handful of love stories
from DUET series, 2020
陽光在暗室有如探進來的黑影 (Google tr. Sunlight in the darkroom is like a dark shadow coming in)
耳語漣漪，遠方是流水垂掛的瀑布 (Google tr. Whispering ripples, other end is a waterfall)
如何去翻譯一棵樹的盤根 (Google tr. How to translate the root of a tree)
我曾經許你一座萭株的玫瑰園 (Google tr. I once promised you a rose garden)
聆聽與書寫 (Google tr. Listening and writing)
一些寫在石上的鳥語 (Google tr. Some bird words written on the stone)
舞啊舞！舞回1856當年的舞步 (Google tr. Dance Oh dance! Dance back to 1856)
旋轉吧！轉出你從前的夢想 (Google tr. Spin it! Spinning out your old dreams)
一個穿著紅衣的男孩回來探看自己的城市 (Google tr. A boy in red came back to visit his city)
攀過這髙聳的廣廈你又見沿崖 (Google tr. Behind this high-rise tower is the cliff)
Among the pioneers of graphic designers in Hong Kong, Lilian Tang is noted for her design in branding and identity. We worked a lot with her in the nineties and have become good friends. In one assignment she had to produce a company brochure for her client, a paper distribution company known as Polytrade Corporation. She had the idea and opportunity to create in a big format publication - 22 x 15.5 inch in size, printed in thick, recycle fancy paper, supplied by the company.
Three artists - Holly Lee, Lee Ka-sing and Tommy Li were assigned to contribute each a piece of work, freely in their working style, according to a given theme.
The main theme of this brochure was "Ecology". Ka-sing talked of recycling, but more in a philosophical way. Holly worked on the theme of Vision- our world in an eye, with Polaroid transfers in nine sections forming one image. Tommy touched upon “global warming”. His piece, with the instructions, can be cut-and-fold into a three dimentional object as a globe, but with a hole on the South Pole.
The binding of this brochure was in a way, when cut loose the three paper bands, could be opened up as three posters. Each poster measures 22 x 31 inch. What’s more interesting is the printing on the paper bands:
Paper is the binding force of civilization and community.
Paper ties nations together. To unravel its mysteries,
and to create four unique posters, simply unite this folio.
Lee Ka-sing "FOUR STANZAS OF A POEM"
Offset print, 22"x31", recycle paper, 40 editions
(from extra print-run of the same brochure, plain on verso)
Holly Lee, the original art piece of "Eye, nine sections", 1993
Polaroid transfer, paper size 15" x 18", image size 9.5" x 12"
Sushi Grass in Paradise (A story)
written by Holly Lee
with photographs by Lee Ka-sing
(47) The Museum of Wandering
“Couldn’t be more true about our consuming culture,” Mrs. Bento agreed, “I don’t see myself not buying anything with every single trip out, there’s always something I want to get, always a bag or two to carry back. Obviously Fotografiska wants to combine luxurious dinning with the gratification of splendid art viewing. It wants to make one hungry not just for first-class art but more so for top of the line cuisine.”
“And there is another Fotografiska opening in London soon…in Whitechapel, date to be announced, said here in this post.” Wandy fixed her eyes on the IPad screen, “it covers 89,000 square feet, with seven exhibition spaces, a cinema, two restaurants, a cafe and a bar. Sounds like running a multi-functional complex, a mini mall where people go not just for culture and art, but also for entertainment. Also very clever to strategically place a photo museum within ‘a mall’ in order to attract more audience.”
“The ‘legitimate’ marriage of fine art and commerce came pretty late in the West.” said Yosh, “I remember during the seventies, the Parco Museum was situated inside the Parco Department Store building, and since 2003, Mori Art Museum has been sitting on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower. These are the great museums inside commercial buildings. There are similar art galleries and centres embedded inside commercial buildings in New York too, in a smaller scale.”
“Well, I’d say art in the contemporary world is overindulged in packaging. It might be the first step if the artist wants to be successful. It is not surprising that photo museums can run like a business, in partnership with world-class restaurants, to be popular, to be in part of the hot social hub.” mused Mr. Bento.
“I do miss the old ways, when artists produced work out of the necessity of expression first, whatever gained was secondary. So much magnificent art produced under lives of bare bone poverty.” Bill gave a small sigh.
“Remember those days when we had exhibitions George?” asked Mr. Bento, “we simply don’t believe anyone would buy our photographs. Instead we just gave away to friends who showed real appreciation. It felt honoured, and was never about money. Now wait, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that I reject to put a price on the work, and not appreciating the act of buying. But fundamentally, money was and should, never be the true intention of producing any good and honest art.”
Up to this point Mr. Bento sensed the discussion deviated again. Why were they talking about the marketing, strategy and making of art? It hinted faintly that the HOSOP team was a little lost. They seemed unable to figure out what kind of photo museum they want to build. The House of Something on Photography sounds increasingly vain and vague. What was that something on photography? As the day drew to a close, a thick mist started to build up outside, and Bill got a bit anxious to drive home. The trip would be more difficult when the day got darker, so he excused himself from the meeting. George and Wandy were just a few minutes walk to their apartment. Yosh always walked home to the Junction, which required a good forty-five minutes exercise. But the wind outside was biting, and he decided to take a bus on Dufferin Street.
"Sushi Grass in Paradise" is an on-going story. To read the full length version with previous chapters, please visit- https://oceanpounds.com/blogs/sushi-grass-in-paradise
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