Hirst exhibition free of animal carcasses
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Vivian Chen.
Damien Hirst is probably best known for his giant installations of dissected dead animals preserved in formaldehyde. Unfortunately, Fabrik Contemporary Art's new gallery space probably couldn't display them even if they owned any. That's how small their little studio is on the fourth floor of the Yip Fung Building on D'Aguilar Street. But the art dealers do have some other works by Britain's best-selling contemporary artist.
An exhibition from tonight until December 14 of Hirst works includes a series of butterfly etchings and a spot painting. The invitation postcard led some to believe Fabrik also possessed Hirst's diamond skull (below). Alas, it's only a screen print, but still blingingly impressive. 'His works deal with love, life, death and transformation,' Fabrik's Jurgen Abergas said. 'So a dead skull encrusted with jewels is a good representation of that.'
Still, just the artist's name is enough to bring in the VIPs. The group has been hosting preview nights for different clientele and associates from Monday to Wednesday. Among the guests this week was Peter Philips, Princess Anne's son, who now lives in Hong Kong.
The other big news for Fabrik is they have just signed up to represent hip photographer David LaChapelle in Hong Kong. 'We'll be bringing a huge retrospective of his here in 2010.'
Fabrik is at 2-18 D'Aguilar Street.