Art@Site Kaws Clean Slate



Clean Slate

City Harbour (temporary)
In 2010, Harbour City along with curator AllRightsReserved invited renowned New York artist KAWS to present his first exhibition in Greater China, "KAWS: Passing Through", at Harbour City. The exhibition was supported by many fans and celebrities, triggering an enthusiastic public response in Hong Kong. Thus, "KAWS: Passing Through" began a world tour, which took the massive sculpture to six cities in the United States and also Paris.
Brooklyn-based, KAWS is a world-renowned artist who exhibits in museums and galleries internationally. KAWS' art stands within the historical continuum that began with Pop Art, straddling the line between fine art and global commerce. From his 5-meter tall sculpture COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH) to his recent 7-meter tall sculpture CLEAN SLATE, his artworks are immediately recognizable as he transforms iconic pop culture characters into thought-provoking works of art. His work possesses a sophisticated humor while utilizing a refined graphic language that revitalizes figuration with big, bold gestures and keen, playful intricacy. By producing fine art via thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands, KAWS moves beyond the sphere of the exclusive art market to occupy a more complex, global market. KAWS was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Besides Harbour City in Hong Kong, KAWS has held solo exhibitions at venues including CAC MALAGA, SPAIN, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Galerie Perrotin, Paris, New York, and Hong Kong; and Mary Boone Gallery, New York.
Right on the heals of a successful opening of his solo in Los Angeles (covered), KAWS has returned for a second engagement at Harbour City in Hong Kong. The star of the event was a new sculptural installation featuring a cluster of his signature companion figures entitled Clean Slate, situated in the Ocean Terminal forecourt where his previous massive Passing Through companion could be seen back in 2010 (covered). Complementing this was the New York-based artist’s imagery all along the corridor leading into the shopping complex as well as a exhibition of his archived prints as well as a look at the new limited edition release he recently announced.