One of the most famous living legends of urban art who paved the way for generations of creatives developing their skills in the street, D*Face is having his first ever show in Asia. The exhibition is titled Honestly Dishonest, it’s organized by Coates and Scarry and Above Second and it will run concurrently with Art Basel Hong Kong, although outside of the official programme. The show organizers believe the show to be absolutely worthy of a booth at the Art Basel, while the Hong Kong edition of the world renowned art fair is still growing trying to catch up with its European base.
Honestly Dishonest will feature a new body of work by D*Face, consisting of 18 new original paintings, and it’s opening on May 16, running all the way through July 6, 2014.
More recent work by D*Face has been exploring the abstract and communicative realms of today’s society, while the artist’s fascination by the constantly growing desire for more information is evident. All the tweets, feeds, following, unfollowing, liking and such coexist in a neverending vortex of digital media, while the people almost unconsciously keep clicking away. At times, it appears as if the overfed population will explode because of all the information received, at times all is at peace, but the main question - what happens to all the info we take in? - still remains unanswered. Portions of it is remembered, kept in the conscious memory, revoked at need, while other fragments are either forgotten of forever stored in the unexplored parts of the brain, waiting to be triggered, awakened and used, conjuring in the end an unexpected game of seemingly uncorrelated terms and phrases.
Paintings at the Honestly Dishonest show display D*Face’s intimate game of Exquisite Corpse, rendered through his visions and perceptions of current realities. Each of the works will portray fragments of unconsciously preserved visual or informational memories of the artist. The verbal parts of the paintings were made first, while the visual parts came to the author while he underwent hypnosis. Images are extracted from his subconscious memory with an array of directed hints, then they were recorded helping the artist to conjure up his visually surprising compositions. The entire process was resemblant of a memory game with oneself, trying to recall the most deeply stored pieces of visual data. The result is a body of work still pertinent to D*Face style, seemingly familiar to the audience as a part of the general visual realm, but distant and new in the sense of largely being a product of the artist’s mind. These paintings are honest and dishonest at the same time, allowing for the play on words and images and various interpretations of their truthfulness or falseness.
Above Second is an Urban art gallery in the Western District of Hong Kong Island. The space is directed by May Wong and it is oriented towards exhibition new contemporary expressions, from illustration, graphic design, graffiti, comics to new pop and street art.
Coates and Scarry are the tandem from Bristol started as a blog in 2009, soon grew into a new contemporary art platform, curating, exhibiting and selling artwork worldwide.