The original story of Suzie Wong (1957) was about a British artist living in a Wan Chai hotel used by prostitutes. Inhabiting a world where Sex Ed was low on the agenda, he falls in love with the delectable Suzie and this exhibition re-creates their liaison through 15 paintings. It’s appealing to see an international exhibition that’s so Hong Kong centric and we reckon the art will fetch a fair penny. If only Suzie had thought to pick up a paintbrush.
Intriguingly, the most striking part of the exhibition isn’t actually the paintings but the storyboard surrounding them. Although the 15 major pieces hang proudly on the walls, beneath them are hundreds of slides which tell the story in the form of a graphic novel. Fantauzzo has then elevated 15 of those slides by blowing up into large paintings, adding depth and narrative to the exhibition. With original Batman & Superman comics fetching over US$1 million these days, it’s enough to make you stop laughing at the 50 year old men on the MTR reading comics on their iPads.
We’ve got it all Wong.
Until Oct 29
10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Central