Chau’s work complements our atrium very well, he truly understands how to communicate unique messages through architectural and artistic simplicity in a way that's beautifully and carefully executed,” said Peter Wynne, area general manager of Swire Hotels.
Beijing, China (PRWEB) April 11, 2014
The Opposite House is pleased to present “Mountain Vastness” (WHITE series), a series of charcoal drawings and large scale sculptures by Hong Kong artist Charles Chau. Following the success of “Mountain Vastness” (BLACK series), showcased in Hong Kong and Vancouver in 2013, this series of works will feature at the House from April 10 to June 30, 2014.
The exhibition features Chau’s “Breathing Mountain”: a sculptural piece which embodies and celebrates the evolution and formation of earth. The piece applauds the beauty of mountains, clouds and blesses the sanctity of life. The piece is otherwise recognized by its Chinese title: "三三" ("numeric" three three) – symbolizing the idea of “infinity”, as Chau’s work seeks to juxtapose the history of our earth, spanning billions of years, with the timeline of human existence.
"In this new set of works, I hope I have created a modest body of work of intensity and gravity. I have aimed to convey the solidity and space of the mountain range: the massiveness of peaks that thrust up from the earth’s crust and the welcome emergence of creeks and streams; the space between, wherein we see the horizon," Chau commented. The installation is completed by a series of charcoal drawings – “Beyond”, “Transcend”, and “Reflect” - which present a range of different perspectives on the “Breathing Mountain’s” form and topography.
Viewed as a single, cohesive piece, Chau’s work represents a unique symbiotic reading of “Mountain Vastness” through the use of wood panel, ABS, mixed materials, coated paint and LED lighting. Ultimately, Chau’s creation of phenomenological landscapes through graphite rendering and sculptural voids take on an unusual scale that realize a physical relationship with the viewer.
“Chau’s work complements our atrium very well – he truly understands how to communicate unique messages through architectural and artistic simplicity in a way that is beautifully and carefully executed,” said Peter Wynne, area general manager of Swire Hotels.
A media veteran and former executive, Chau worked previously as a strategy consultant with McKinsey, and was the Managing Director/EVP for MTV North Asia, a global TV network of Viacom Inc. Since 2006, the artist has reunited with his first love of art and architecture, having studied painting, arts history and philosophy in his early years. For the past 8 years, he has been actively engaged in art creative, revitalization of historic buildings, and other strategy-related projects.
About The Opposite House
The Opposite House is located in Taikoo Li Sanlitun — a vibrant new open-plan shopping, dining and entertainment destination developed by Swire Properties. The hotel’s 99 guest studios include 9 spacious suites and a penthouse duplex with a 240 sqm roof terrace. More than half of all the studios are over 70 sqm and all are strikingly simple with natural wooden floors and subtle touches of Chinese décor.
About Swire Hotels
Swire Hotels has been created to manage intriguing urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United Kingdom, providing a characterful experience for travelers who seek individuality, style and personalized service.
The Opposite House, Beijing, opened in 2008 and was followed by The Upper House, above Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in October 2009. The Temple House will open in Q4, 2014 in Chengdu.
Swire Hotels opened a 345-room lifestyle hotel called EAST, Hong Kong in Hong Kong’s Island East, on January 2010. EAST, Beijing with 369 rooms, located within INDIGO in Jiangtai, opened in September 2012. EAST, Miami, offering 263 rooms and 89 serviced apartments, will open in Brickell City Centre in Q4 2015.
Swire Hotels has launched a new collection of locally inspired and stylish hotels in the heart of great British towns and cities called Chapter Hotels. The first hotel in the collection, The Montpellier Chapter, Cheltenham opened in 2010. The second hotel, The Magdalen Chapter, Exeter opened in June 2012.
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