Hong Kong-based illustrator and graphic designer Lun Wong (aka 1KStyles) presents his first solo exhibition – ‘POP ATTACK!’ The opening reception will take place at M1NT on the 29th of October 2009 (date changed!) with complimentary cocktails from Snow Queen Vodka, canapés and a charity auction in aid of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund.
The ‘Pop Attack’ exhibition is Lun’s modern urban take on the icons that have shaped popular culture. From the glamour and grace of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn to the hard hitting images of Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson, each figure is as instantly recognisable and era-defining as the next. “They transcend the mainstream and the underground,” says Lun. “However cool you are, they set the standards and made it what it is today.”
The nine pieces on display will remain as M1NT’s decor for three months. They have been selected to showcase Wong’s fun, unpretentious and bold street-art style, influenced by his love of cartoons, comic books, manga, martial arts movies and computer games.
About the artist
Born in South-East London, Lun’s passion for drawing began at an early age, and continued through to his formal training at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art and Design and the University of Portsmouth.
His immersion in London’s street-art movement and urban culture gives a raw edge to his striking illustrations, and the graffiti style permeates every image on display at the exhibition. The combination of personal influences and pop culture legends has resulted in a collection of work that is truly captivating. Its ability to merge contemporary street-art, hand drawn sketching, vector-based digital design and the best of the 20th century has created something strikingly 21st century in attitude and appearance.
To date, Wong’s client list has included BBC International, Ed Hardy, Christian Audigier, Kronenbourg 1664, Pacific Coffee and Asia City Publishing. Lun’s work also caught the attention of Travis Barker, the drummer of US punk rock group Blink 182. Barker adopted Wong’s gallery-style portrait for his official Facebook, Twitter and MySpace profiles, after seeing the image in his clothing company Famous Stars and Straps.
Lun’s influences include Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni, comic artists Humberto Ramos and Joe Madureia, manga artists Akira Toriyama, Tatsuyuki Tanaka and Takashi Okazaki, illustrators Gezfry and Hydro 74, and the Ilovedust group.
About The Sponsors
‘Pop Attack!’ is also sponsored by Brouhaha Magazine, an upcoming monthly pop culture magazine. The collaboration with Wong's exhibition is the perfect introduction for the magazine, which covers contemporary popular culture in Hong Kong. The Brouhaha website launches on the same night, and the first issue will be released in January 2010.
Brouhaha is a new Hong Kong magazine focusing on social issues taken from a popular culture, street-level standpoint. Bringing a contemporary international design and style in the vein of Esquire and Vice Magazine to Hong Kong, Brouhaha magazine combines the best in mainstream and underground movements with the latest and greatest creative voices in music, art and fashion.
Headed by a young team of industry professionals, Brouhaha magazine is not only a guide for its 18-45 age group demographic, but also a voice. The magazine’s slogan is ‘Make Some Noise’, highlighting its reactive and outspoken attitude towards topics concerning Hong Kong and its neighboring regions. Launching in 2010 and running concurrent with its active website and event management, Brouhaha magazine is the fresh look for the new decade.
The Brouhaha website (www.brouhaha.com.hk) launches on the same night, and the first physical issue will be released in January 2010.
PHILIP GEORGE SALON
Special thanks is given to The Philip George Salon who funded this event.
The Philip George Salon, and the team of qualified stylists are passionate about helping clients look their very best. It is this dedication that has earned the salon a loyal following over its almost 27 years in business — and a deserved reputation for caring professionalism.
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HONG KONG CANCER FUND
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