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September 15, 2013

‘Sneakerotics’ at Edouard Malingue Gallery

“Sneakerotics: Further materials for a theory of the young-girl”

The exhibition “Sneakerotics” proposes a position with regard to the parallel life of the California dream in Hong Kong: fitness, as an aesthetic category, becomes a site of investigation for the circulation of imagery and desire. California is, in Asia, best represented by specific visual cultures like the gym and the parking lot. Both are runways for the display of bodies, perhaps not unlike the gallery space of Central Hong Kong. Projects in this exhibition often touch on the connection between fitness and sexuality, and on how this culturally specific relationship might be warped and reconfigured through artistic practice.

Clarissa Tossin. Converse  2009. Fabric, rivets, shoes laces.

Clarissa Tossin. Converse
2009. Fabric, rivets, shoes laces.

The exhibition curator, Robin Peckham, explained to us the inspiration behind this collection.  He is an independent curator, editor, and art advisor currently based in Hong Kong. Current research interests lie in post-internet object cultures, casualist abstraction, and accelerationism. For this collection, he did a lot of research of other artists who did art related to fitness in California. The exhibition includes pieces from 12 artists and 1 video installation artist.  There’s a contrast in all the pieces but in the end they all nicely fit together as a coherent collection.  The video installation piece incorporates a live ‘workout’ performance by an artist.  This is perhaps the first time I’ve seen this type of interactive performance with the rest of the art pieces.

Curator Robin Peckham providing an introduction to the exhibition.

Curator Robin Peckham providing an introduction to the exhibition.

Specific projects in the exhibition approach the digital mapping of the body, Sketchers, stock imagery, neon, life after Hollywood, best practices in cosmetics before and after the workout, exhaustion and materiality, slang, youth and femininity in the consumerist matrix of late capitalism, hydration strategies, exercise soundtracks, Usain Bolt, and heavy lifting. With contributions from Body by Body, Petra Cortright, Sterling Crispin, Lauren Elder, Jeremy Everett, Gentleman Scholar, Niko Karamyan and Tierney Finster, Spencer Longo, Nguzunguzu, Anna Rosen, Maha Saab, Vincent Szarek, Tiqqun, and Clarissa Tossin.

Lauren Elder, Manual and Fitness Guide 2013. Mirrored acrylic, pine wood

Lauren Elder, Manual and Fitness Guide 2013. Mirrored acrylic, pine wood

Live workout performance with the video installation.

Live workout performance with the video installation.

Exhibition Dates: August 28th – September 30th 2013
Venue: Edouard Malingue Gallery, 1F, 8 Queen’s Road Central (10am – 7pm, Mon – Sat)
Website: www.edouardmalingue.com

Photos by Joyce Yung



About the Author

Joyce Yung
Joyce founded Random Art Workshop in 2009 to expand upon her passion for photography, art and to build a community of like-minded individuals that can come together to share their creative insights. The past several years has seen her involve her career in professional photography (www.joyceyung.com) and championing everyday arts. With an affinity for discovering new avenues to give the rest of Hong Kong their dose of the unexpected and imaginative, RAW Magazine is her brainchild. She finds inspiration in traveling, loves the water, and is particularly fond of all things spiral.




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