Underwater orchestra, "AquaSonic", artists Wong Tong & Fong Chung-Ray, studio performance: pianist Luca Sestak
Later in the show, we look at two artists who take decidedly experimental approaches to their art: the Taiwanese abstract painter Fong Chung-Ray and German pianist Luca Sestak. First though, we’re beginning with a Danish music group, “Between Music” whose desire to experiment takes them to unusual depths. And very wet ones. As they’ve discovered, even singing takes on new challenges when you are doing it underwater. And many of the instruments on which the group plays have had to be custom made, including the underwater organ, the crystallophone, the rotacorda and an adapted violin.
While we’re on the subject of unique musical instruments, Hong Kong artist Wong Tong not only paints, but also makes his own instruments, including tongue drums and ukuleles. At Sin Sin Fine Art until the end of this month, the exhibition “Hidden Gaze” includes paintings, installations, and musical instruments, inspired – he says – by the To Kwa Wan community in which he works.
Painter Fong Chung-Ray was a leading member of the Fifth Moon Group, a group of artists at the forefront of the modern art movement in Taiwan in the 1960s.
Over the past six decades, Fong has not only experimented with ink and abstract expressionism, he has also developed a technique of applying acrylic onto plastic sheets to transfer images to paper. On show at Galerie du Monde until this Saturday in the exhibition “Enlightenment: 1998-2018” are 15 works made over the past twenty years, some of which have never before been seen in public.
23-year old pianist Luca Sestak likes to explore new territories with the piano. He says he prefers blues, boogie woogie and jazz to the classical repertoire. He also composes his own music. His YouTube videos of his energetic and fast performances, and his re-arrangements of popular songs, have attracted millions of views. Last month, he visited Hong Kong for a concert, and he came to our studio to talk to Billy Lee.