A huge number of people were uploading Instagram pictures with the location tag at White Cube lately, and all of these pictures were of themselves in a plain, minimalist space. Obviously, judging by these photos and the types of people posting them, they were not there to admire the Darren Almond: Time and Being exhibition, but rather to take pretty pictures of themselves. I say that with no sarcasm, by the way. And I will be the first to admit that although I love art and architecture, having studied both, sometimes I just feel narcissistic. So I dressed to match the white gallery space (I love it!) and basically forced Jason to be my photographer.
This blog post will be broken down into a few sections. Unlike my previous posts, I’ve decided to take you around Hong Kong with me. Usually I spend my time at home, but this particular day, I visited many interesting hotspots before settling at the Darren Almond: Time and Being exhibition. So without further ado, lets begin!
Outfit of the Day
Lets do the order a little differently and start off with my outfit of the day. Not because I’m particularly favourable of my clothing choices or anything, ahem, haha. I decided on a monochrome colour scheme for reasons I’ve mentioned above (that I am a narcissist). My oversized grey jumper was bought from H&M many years ago. It’s been overstretched so much I’m surprised it hasn’t disintegrated into shreds yet. I paired it with black leggings, again, from H&M and wore my black Nike black Roshe Runs. But the star of the show? My new ALAND baseball cap. I had it on backwards too, like all the cool kids style their caps. Yeah, this is me, totally trying to look swag.
Oh, and by the way: you can totally look younger with a cap. I went to buy the Mark 6 in this outfit and the woman behind the counter asked if I was 18 yet. Yeah, I wish. Sadly I’m turning 23 in April – sad times.
I got my outfit picture taken at PMQ. If you’re even the least bit familiar with Hong Kong, you’d know that the abbreviations stand for Police Married Headquarters, which the building formerly was. It’s an uphill walk from MTR Sheung Wan Station and is a revitalised creative hub for local designers and artists. It’s home to a range of designers selling their own brands of jewellery, fashion and more. And lastly, many events are also held on the central ground floor space.
Since I was a bit thirsty, we made a stop at the juicery Pressed Juices which was on the way back down to the city on Hollywood Road. It was definitely a bit pricey, as with all juicing stops in Hong Kong. I got the especially expensive Greens 1 juice which is a cold-pressed mixture of spinach, cucumber, celery, lettuce, kale and parsley. If I remember correctly, it was HKD$70 when the majority of the other juices were $60. But it was worth the money being a healthy refreshing drink to make my walk back down to the MTR Station slightly more pleasant.
Darren Almond: Time and Being
Time and Being is British artist Darren Almond‘s first exhibition in Hong Kong. The showcase at White Cube gallery in Central features two new series of paintings and sculptures. Almond has been interested in the theme of time and existence since his first live broadcast piece in the 90’s, and Time and Being is an address of his interpretation of temporality.
Spanning two floors of White Cube, the ground floor gallery displays three flip-clock sculptures and multi-panel mirror pieces, both expressing the notion of numbers to represent unification. From finance to science, numbers are used universally and are understood no matter the culture and language. The first floor gallery focuses on new paintings of nocturnal landscapes. Inspired by the night sky during a full-moon photographic shoot and having already looked at the position of stars in his previous pieces, Almond examines the colours of the void space instead through this series of works.
Darren Almond: Time and Being
White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2592 2000
International Women’s Day
It was also the weekend before International Women’s Day and when we got to Causeway Bay, Lancôme was doing a promotion where if you sampled their lipstick, then they’ll donate to charity. And… they’ll also give you pink balloons and roses. It was a nice gesture, and although I wiped the shocking pink lipstick off almost right after (I really don’t like make-up!), I was totally sold by the balloons and rose LOL.
We ended the night with dinner at Elephant Grounds – the last time I was there was back when the Causeway Bay branch was still in its soft opening phase. This time though, I was back at dinner time, so the menu was slightly different (not to mention the menu has naturally gone through a few changes now that it’s officially open). We ordered a Cobb Salad, a Vietnamese Pho with slow-cooked beef short ribs and bean sprouts, and Black Garlic Fries that came with a black garlic mayo sauce.
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