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November 8, 2007

(He)art Attack

You’ve shopped to the point that your left arm has gone numb from carrying packages and looking over your receipts at the end of the day leaves you short of breath. You’ve partied to the point that your pulse beats in sync with the DJ and you think that after 2am it’s normal to see the world rotating around you at dizzying speeds… It sounds like you could be on the verge of a (he)art attack. Your prescription: a dose of genuine art, which is sure to have you feeling re-balanced in no time. Remember: prevention is better than cure!

Shaolin: Temple of Zen
Everybody loves Kung Fu fighting? Well we know one person that does… American born photographer Justin Guariglia, has captured this centuries old art form in a photographic documentation of China’s 1500-year-old Shaolin Temple entitled Shaolin: Temple of Zen. Meet this unique photographer in person, hear stories of his decade long journey into Chinese culture and get a signed copy of the book in a series of events at galleries around town throughout November. Click here for further details on the event series, or check out the exhibit at Amelia Johnson Contemporary (through December 2, 10 Shin Hing St., Central, 2548 2286).

Reflections
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?  Find out what England’s leading watercolourist David Paskett saw as he traveled through Hong Kong and China by visiting Reflections at Picture This Gallery, (through November 10, Suite 603B, 9 Queen’s Road, Central, 2525 2820, http://www.picturethiscollection.com). The exhibition features more than 20 of David Paskett’s meticulous and atmospheric watercolour paintings taking us from a colourful tram in Causeway Bay to a muddy fishing village in Wuzhou, with incredible vibrancy, clarity and detail.

Safari Snapshots
After eight safaris, Shy Perez-Sala, Director of Asia to Africa Safaris and her husband Jay know there are some spots that shouldn’t be covered up! They are exhibiting the best of their safari and wildlife snapshots through November 10, at the 2nd floor fotogalerie at the HK Fringe Club. All photos will be available for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to two charities in Africa – Children in the Wilderness and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

DevaShard

Whether you’re the hero or the villain, you can take a sneak peak at Hong Kong’s first ever locally made comic book DevaShard. The brainchild of local creative agency Fluid, this modern day comic is due to launch in January, but interested fans can preview the stunning artwork and surreal characters at The Attic through November 20 (2/F 143-145 Bonham Road, Sheung Wan, http://www.theattic.hk.) Can’t get enough? You can pre-order issue 1 at http://www.Devashard.com.

Red
If Lust, Caution gave you a taste for all things illicit and explicit, you’ll love RED, an exhibition of intricate paintings of provocative women from acclaimed artist Liu Yuanshou, through November 22 (Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street, Central, 2525 0529, http://www.galeriedumonde.com). Superbly crafted and with flawless surfaces, these are pieces that you won’t be able to take your eyes off.

Mother Earth
Feeling a bit dazed by the concrete jungle we like to call home? Go on a journey with Feng Xuemin who presents a photography exhibit of his motherland. In focus are places such as Jingdezhen (home of China’s porcelain wares), Shaoxing (noted for its wine, creeks and waterways), Changbai Mountains (ginseng country and snow bound mountains), Yunnan (terraced paddy fields on hill slopes and Lijiang), Guizhou (lively colours of China’s minorities) and Tibet (Mount Everest and the mysterious landscape).  It will ignite your imagination and whisk you away to a far-flung land, if only for an evening (Art Beatus Gallery, 35-39 Graham Street, Ground Floor, Central, 2522 1138, through November 23).

Take two doses and call me in the morning!



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