WE have had acres of cubist, menageries of fauvist and infinite lines of calligraphic. But Hong Kong next week will see an exhibition of art as it has never been categorised before: balsamic.
Abstract work by Georg-Heinrich Wiederman will be on show from Wednesday to Friday at Cafe Deco on the Peak.
The show is called Vinaigrettes, and the gimmick is that the oil paint has been thinned with vinegar. Wiederman's home recipe for artistic French dressing creates another foodie metaphor: all the wiggly liquid lines look as though a cake decorator has gone crazy with a pastry tube.
Wiederman also happens to be the owner of a German vineyard that specialises in vinegar.
THE burning question for many involved in the recent Chinese textile conference at the Omni Hong Kong hotel was whether the phoenix should follow the nine dragons. Not a technical discussion on embroidery patterns this time, but the more pragmatic issue of whether, after a successful three-day session in Kowloon, there should be a second seminar in Arizona next year. If the level of discussion is at the same high standard as this one, it should be something to look out for.
AN Arts Resources and Information Centre fax advertises an unusual course for those of sculptural inclination. The University of the Philippines in Baguio City is hosting a brass-casting conference from September 18-24. You don't need brass-casting experience: just brass, to the sum of US$1,900, which includes accommodation, food and tuition. Tel: Manila 947-4428 or 281-4659.