Antwerp-based Axel Vervoordt Gallery is expanding....known for an exploration of artistic dialogue between East and West, Vervoordt has appropriately opened the doors of a second gallery space in Hong Kong to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong in May 2014. The inaugural exhibition is a showstopper - internationally reknown artist El Anatsui has produced three new specially commissioned works. According to the exhibition press release:
El Anatsui (Ghana, b. 1944) grew up in a period typified by the search for social and personal identity, a central theme in his art. He investigates the erosion, survival and transmission of tradition. Most of Anatsui’s sculptures are made out of materials once designed for another purpose. His early works were built out of broken pottery or old wooden logs, which he cut up using a chainsaw. In the past ten years, Anatsui has focused on large tapestry-like metal sculptures made out of thousands of colourful liquor caps. Using found objects, he reworks and rearranges materials and transforms them into something new, while conserving the item’s history.
Read more about Vervoordt's Gallery as an extension of the Axel Vervoordt Company here.211