HOPE & GLORY: A Conceptual Circus Conceived by Simon Birch
A Guided Tour by SIMON BIRCH, Artist and VALERIE DORAN, Curator
Hope and Glory is the most ambitious multi-media art project undertaken in Hong Kong. The unprecedented scale of the show, which fills the 20,000-sq.-ft. ArtisTree exhibition space in Taikoo East, challenges established paradigms in art presentation and construction. UK-born artist Simon Birch takes the audience on a fascinating and immersive adventure through a metaphorical world—a conceptual circus—created by him. A series of interlinked multi-media installations transform the vast space into a mythological labyrinth, where cultural and personal histories merge, provoking the audience to consider their own relationship with the past, present and future.
Birch began painting at a very early age with no formal training until he received his MFA at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. A resident of Hong Kong since 1997, he has pursued a versatile career that includes installation, film, design, music, and sport. However, the bulk of his work is still figurative, predominantly large oil paintings. He will be joined by Valerie Doran, a critic, curator, and translator specializing in contemporary Asian art with a special interest in cross-cultural currents and comparative art theory. She is a contributing editor to Orientation magazine.