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“Angel Vergara: Acts & Paintings, Hong Kong” on View Through March 16, 2024, at Axel Vervoordt Hong Kong

Credit: Axel Vervoordt

Axel Vervoordt Hong Kong presents “Acts & Paintings, Hong Kong,” a solo exhibition by Belgian painter Angel Vergara (b. 1958), on view through March 16.

For Vergara, painting is not a static activity. Vergara steps out from within the closed walls of his studio and mingles with the outside world: he paints outdoors, covered in white cloth, and calls himself a “Straatman”- a man in the street. The first time he showed “Straatman” was at the Venice Biennale in 1988. Not an official participating artist, he stayed and painted in front of the Belgian pavilion, covered in a white cloth.

The white cloth makes it almost impossible for the artist inside to see what is happening around him. The artist says that by blocking out his physical senses, his mental senses are heightened and he can discover more of the invisible. He reflects the gaze of passersby and the movements that pass by him in his abstract paintings.

For this exhibition in Hong Kong, Vergara worked as a “man on the street” in Hong Kong’s suburbs and city center. In Belgium, he drew images of Hong Kong beforehand based on his notions, and when he arrived in Hong Kong, he transformed them as he was present in a real place. The artist compares this transformation to the coloration of a chameleon, which changes its color according to the external environment. Through his intuitive brushstrokes, he captures the constant changes in the environment and seeks to create works that change along with the surroundings.

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