Of All Things Cute is the joint exhibition composed of three well-known Hong Kong artists, Chow Chun Fai, Joey Leung Ka Yin and Rosanna Li, and Japanese artist Daisuke Teshima.
The cuteness in art becomes more complicated and multi-faceted.Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” and Yoshitomo Nara’s dark portraits of children and animals both hit new highs.Artists use the instant visual appeal of cute themes to deliver a message that is more avant-garde than their medium.
In the exhibition, four East Asian artists use the spontaneous charm of the objects they portray to draw their own views on gender, politics, or human conditions. Rosanna Li and Joey Leung used ceramics and ink as the media to show cartoon-like female images, while Daisuke Teshima’s wood-carved heads made vivid comments on the interaction between people. Chow Chun Fai chose an iconic red taxi to promote a cute toy with symbolic significance, exploring cuteness in the political context.