Karin Weber Gallery is excited to announce Second Skin, a group show by six Hong Kong-based artists which examines the complexities inherent in our own wardrobe choices and the wider context of today's fashion world. Historically rooted in the profoundly female practice of dressmaking, fashion has always been a vehicle for individual self-expression and personal statements. In recent decades, the highly evolved fashion industry has attracted more controversy, with sustainability and human rights equally top of mind.
The participating artists engage with individual themes around the subject of fashion, such as conspicuous consumption, identity and body objectification, whilst also highlighting the broader societal issues arising from the machine of mass consumption much of today's fashion appears to have become. In recognition of the ever faster turnaround of seasonal collections, Second Skin will introduce new works into the show at its half way point.
Overconsumption is a topic of interest shared by several artists in this exhibition. Rosanna Li's ceramic figures Shopping Spree and All At $50 – The Myth Of the Garment Industry, highlight the controversy of excessive shopping encouraged by the fashion industry coupled with the harsh labour conditions faced by garment workers.
Street artist Go Hung's In Stuff, an object cast from shopping bags, features the statement 'Dress To Impress.' Go will also create a fitting room in the gallery space, adopting a second hand full length mirror and used magazines for his process.
Mandy Ma explores themes of self identity and cultural roots by transforming woollen hand gloves she wore as a child into an adult version.
Jonathan Thomson's Lost Seduced Abandoned transforms women's underwear into colourful latex in a powerful statement on female bodies and womens' lives. Ceiling hung, flexible sculptures by IV Chan are made of lycra and expanding foam, confronting viewers with their organic, anthropomorphic formations free from societal clothing norms. June Ho's delicate prints draw inspiration from the traditional process of tailoring clothes from paper patterns, bringing viewers full circle to the origins of fashion through the craftsmanship of clothes making. As the fashion industry continues to evolve, increasingly looking to address some of its current challenges, Second Skin provides a creative snapshot of a world in transformation, captured in materials as diverse as its participants.
Press release courtesy Karin Weber Gallery.