One show, two spaces: Song Dong at Duddell's and Pace Gallery

Edible City
Conceptual Chinese artist Song Dong's new show 'Sketch' is being hosted simultaneously at Hong Kong's bar-restaurant art institution, Duddell's and Pace Gallery. Pictured: Edible City
(Image credit: The artist and Pace Gallery)

Hong Kong is fast becoming a year-round cultural hub with an increasing number of intriguing smaller exhibitions filling gaps between the city’s blockbuster art auctions and fairs. The latest is a remarkable show by the inventive conceptual artist Song Dong (opens in new tab), simultaneously hosted by the Ilse Crawford-designed restaurant-bar-art institution Duddell’s (opens in new tab) and Pace Gallery (opens in new tab).

Born in 1966 in Beijing, and raised during China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution, Song is renowned for his exploration of the ephemeral nature of modern society, often using exhibition spaces as an integral part of the artwork he creates.

Notable earlier works include Waste Not, a poignant installation at the Museum of Modern Art of over 10,000 household items hoarded by his obsessively frugal mother, and Eating the City, where visitors in several international capitals consumed Song’s miniature edible city in an intriguing commentary on hedonistic consumption.

With 'Sketch', Song draws viewers, diners and Duddell’s restaurant staff into a beguiling dialogue with his works by placing blue masking tape around the edges of the walls and staircases, with the art – a series of fish head and vegetable ceramic sculptures, photos and videos from Eating the City, alongside several ‘city’ sculptures comprising thousands of biscuits, baguettes and bagels. The edible work was ‘demolished’ by visitors who consumed it during the exhibition’s opening evening.

‘The tape is a simple object that creates a framework for the entire concept,’ says Song, who refers to himself as the ‘city planner’ when constructing the sculptural pieces. ‘It connects the people inside of it, making them part of the artwork itself. As the tape is also present at Pace, it connects the two exhibitions as one.’

The joint exhibition’s creative symbiosis is further reinforced at the gallery, with Sauce Painting created using international food seasonings as paint.

‘I want the audience to see things in their everyday lives as art,’ explains Song. ‘By having this exhibition at Duddell’s, visitors become part of the whole experience and are encouraged to go beyond their usual dining experience of socialising and eating to recognise food as art and become more mindful toward their daily lives.’

Edible City

Dong's edible city, pictured, was comprised of thousands of biscuits, bagels, and baguettes, and was heartily 'demolished' by visitors on the opening evening. Pictured: Edible City

(Image credit: The artist and Pace Gallery)

Song Dong at Duddell’s and Pace Gallery

The biscuit cities are reminiscent of his earlier work, Eating the City, where visitors were encouraged to eat a variety of capital cities in a commentary on the destructive nature of hedonistic consumption

(Image credit: The artist and Pace Gallery)

Edible City

Dong refers to himself as the 'city planner' when constructing the sculptural pieces, in a further effort to connect everyday experiences with the world of art. Pictured: Edible City

(Image credit: The artist and Pace Gallery)

Edible Pen Jing

The exhibition features several installations, including a series of fish heads (pictured), ceramic vegetables, and photos and videos from Eating the City. Pictured: Edible Pen Jing

(Image credit: The artist and Pace Gallery)

Song Dong at Duddell’s and Pace Gallery

‘I want the audience to see things in their everyday lives as art,’ explains Song

(Image credit: The artist and Pace Gallery)

Song Dong at Duddell’s and Pace Gallery

The joint exhibition’s creative symbiosis is further reinforced at the gallery, with Sauce Painting created using international food seasonings as paint

(Image credit: The artist and Pace Gallery)

INFORMATION

'Sketch' is on view until 10 January at Duddell's (opens in new tab); and until 7 November at Pace Gallery (opens in new tab)

Photography courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery

ADDRESS

Duddell’s
Level 3
Shanghai Tang Mansion
1 Duddell Street
Central, Hong Kong

Pace
15C Entertainment Building
30 Queens Road Central
Central, Hong Kong

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