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A Trove of Small Treasures

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Opening / Event Date:
16 December, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
31 January, 2015
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Karin Weber Gallery is delighted to announce its special Christmas and New Year group show, ‘A Trove of Small Treasures,’ a vibrant collection of smaller works by key gallery artists.

Artists have often used smaller sized works to showcase their particular talents and exceptional craftsmanship. From miniature illuminated prayer books in seventeenth century Europe to objects crafted from precious jade, lacquer, wood or porcelain in the Chinese Ming and Qing dynasties, small suggests special. As a wealth of materials, skill and labour is condensed into a limited space, something powerful is created in the process – small really is beautiful.

‘A Trove of Small Treasures’ at Karin Weber Gallery brings together diminutive but perfectly executed works, each and every piece testament to the talents of its creator. Several of the artists have created small pieces specifically for this show, employing media that range from painting to photography, sculpture to installation. The exhibition also illustrates the extent to which skill and craftsmanship transcend geographical boundaries and age. Participating artists come from all over the world, ranging from Hong Kong to Germany, China and the USA, and are at different stages in their respective careers – some just starting out, some highly established and authorities in their chosen field. Collectively, they demonstrate the role for small works in each artist’s portfolio, and the versatility of this size in demonstrating ‘best in class’ talent across a multitude of themes and formats.

About the Artists:

Brainrental – founded by Chu Cheung, Kevin Leung and Roger Mak, all graduates of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in 2010, Brainrental is a collective that “helps curiosity and a little bit of wonder for all to ponder.” In March 2014, they were part of the ‘Young Talent Hong Kong’ show as part of the Affordable Art Fair HK. Other recent exhibitions include group shows in Hong Kong and London.

Tina Buchholtz – German-born Tina Buchholtz lives and works in her hometown Berlin. Her intricately layered acrylic pieces are held in private and public collections in Germany, Hong Kong and all over the world, most notably in the collection of the German Parliament. Tina has just closed a major solo show, ‘Reservat’, at the Kunsthaus ‘Sans Titre’ in Potsdam/ Berlin.

Vincent Ip Wan Sang – A recent graduate of the City University of Hong Kong, Vincent makes his gallery debut with his ‘Treetop’ Photography series, a contemporary take on traditional Chinese landscape painting. He is also gaining recognition as a filmmaker, with numerous commercials and two film prizes (Taiwan, Golden Sugarcane Film Festival 2013, 2014) on his impressive CV.

Fay Ku – born in Taiwan, Fay Ku lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her quirky ink paintings explore the role of the female, often set in a mythological context. Fay has shown extensively across the USA, as well as London and Paris. Her most current solo show is with the Baum Gallery at the University of Central Arkansas.

Carmen Ng – a graduate of HK Baptist University, Carmen focuses on illustrations with a fantastical, dreamlike twist and regularly shows with Karin Weber Gallery. Although at an early stage in her career, Carmen has already won an impressive range of art and design awards, including the 2012 Best Illustration (Unpublished) Awards, Second Greater China Illustration Awards.

Willi Siber  – German sculptor Willi Siber fuses inspiration and techniques from his father’s carpentry workshop with industrial materials such as steel, resin and car body paint to create vibrant sculptures and installations. His works are held in private and public collections throughout Germany and Switzerland, with a growing collector base in Hong Kong. Willi has just closed a solo show with Galerie Carla Rengli in Zug, Switzerland and is showing new works at Galerie Lorenz in Frankfurt.

Xue Mo – originally from Inner Mongolia and now resident in Canada, Xue portrays her Mongol countrywomen in European Renaissance style. She has shown several times with Karin Weber in Hong Kong, alongside exhibitions in Canada and Australia.

Wang Xiaoluo – graduate of Renmin University, Wang (born 1981), currently lives and works in Beijing. Her work has been exhibited in numerous Chinese ink and painting shows including the third Chengdu Biennale in 2007.  She has been a winner in China Literature and Art Foundation’s and China Artists Association’s awards. Her works are in the collection of China Literature and Art Foundation and Yu Shun Art Museum.  We are proud to present Wang’s work for the second time.


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