Audemars Piguet unveils art commission in Hong Kong

CELEBRATING their fifth commission by Hong Kong-based artist Phoebe Hui, Audemars Piguet Contemporary unveils her work in the Duplex Studio at Tai Kwun in April.

Finishing at the Art Basel, the large scale installation titled The Moon is Leaving Us collaborates with curator Ying Kwok and Audrey Teichmann.

Delving into realm of both historic and contemporary perspectives of the moon in order to re-examine the narrative between art and science.

Selena – The Moon is Leaving Us

Reflecting on her trip to the Audemars Piguet headquarters in 2019 in Le Brassus, Hui experienced a full moon that lit up her evening walk around the area.

It was from seeing the reflections and light bounce off the ski slopes that the artist decided to use the moon and the complexities around this star as inspiration for the piece.

Selenite – The Moon is Leaving Us
Selenite – The Moon is Leaving Us
Selenite – The Moon is Leaving Us

With this idea in mind, Hui researched into the celestial body where she found information regarding the rate at which the moon is moving away from earth – the equivalent speed of how quickly our fingernails grow.

The impact of this time and length is not something anyone notices, not even over a lifetime, so the installation reflects this by consisting of two large artworks across multiple rooms: Selenite and Selena.

Selena – The Moon is Leaving Us
Selena – The Moon is Leaving Us
Selena – The Moon is Leaving Us

Selenite is a mechanical kinetic robot that is the only source of light in the room. With 38 arms and each showing a section of the moon, stretching from ancient sketches to visuals collected by NASA.

The disjointedness of the sculpture is meant to reflect the misinformation of society, how we gather from a multitude of sources. Selena, on the other hand, is a machine programmed by Hui which creates unique drawings of the two sides of the moon, the visible and invisible side.

by Imogen Clark

The show is on from April 25 until 23 May 23, 2021, by appointment only.

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