Simon Birch Exhibition Laughing with a Mouth Full of Blood

[18/05/11] 

Simon Birch launches his new exhibition tomorrow, titled ‘Laughing with a Mouth Full of Blood’. It sounds rather macabre but it's sure to be well received. After all, Simon is a bit of a Hong Kong darling: up there with the Star Ferry, Char Siu Fan and moaning about pollution.

It follows his mega multi-media show last year, HOPE & GLORY, which was sort of a sci-fi-cum-rave, artistic theme park. This time Simon returns to oil and canvas with an exploration of the human body through figurative paintings that melt into abstraction.

They should provide a visual, cultural feast, so if your copy of Voltaire's Candide is sitting in your flat underneath an empty bag of Doritos and your friends keep having to explain what IMF Chief's are doing in NY hotel rooms, it's a good place to show them you're not as ill-informed as you seem.

The show runs from May 19 – June 19 in the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences; a fitting space for Simon's corporal subject matter. We like the title and we like the man. The paintings are said to convey (amongst other things) fragility, movement, mindfulness and resilience which would be a push too far for your standard soap opera actor, so we can’t wait to see how he fares.

It'll be fun.


Laughing with a Mouth Full of Blood by Simon Birch
Dates: May 19 – June 19.
Location: Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, 2 Caine Rd, Mid-Levels
Price: Free
Tel: 3760 1713
www.hkmms.org.hk


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