Bum deal for art lovers who attended French artist's pre-exhibition stunt

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 July, 2009, 12:00am

It seems Zevs will be in Hong Kong for a bit longer. The court case hanging over the French artist - arrested for painting a bleeding Chanel logo on Chater House last week, for which he has already pleaded guilty - has been adjourned until next month. Since his passport is being held, a project in New York will have to be cancelled.

Anyway, the sudden infamy of Zevs - real name Christophe Schwarz - brought a full house to both his exhibition opening on Thursday at Art Statements Gallery and a pre-opening performance on Wednesday at the Kee Club, which already had its own buzz because it was known he planned to create a dripping logo on a naked model.

However, you know the adage about watching paint dry? After a long delay, a model sat down and bared her back as Zevs dripped white paint on her with a syringe. Honestly, it was anti-climatic. Plus, you had to be at the front to witness any of the performance. Those at the back heard and saw nada.

Maybe Chanel can rebroadcast it on their Central store's big screen? Don't all these big brands see themselves as art patrons anyway?