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The Changing Face of Portraiture

A cool show in Hong Kong By Ko Maruyama
The Changing Face of Portraiture is a creative showcase of modern-day portraiture from some of the most talented and influential creative people of the last decade.

The exhibition celebrates the way that portrayal of the human face has developed in recent years and features both traditional and experimental approaches, through all kinds of creative mediums.
It presents over 100 unique portraits produced exclusively for this project from the likes of Kinsey, David Shrigley, Hillman Curtis, Build, Rankin, Trevor Jackson, Jonathan Ellery, Joshua Davis, and many more.

"Our face is our signature: something that is indelibly us.
Yet faces are paradoxical and we can easily misread them."

This exhibit of inspirational artists is only availble to view in person if you're in WanChai, Hong Kong, but worth the excursion.    The exhibit is a collective of works that have been inspired by the publication TWO FACED, which has been presented by Agnes b., WIWP and IdN.


IdN is an international magazine devoted to bringing designers from around the world together.  It is an inspirational resource that I have been reading  -- long before I began writing for DMN.  IdN is a collection of some of the best works of our time, interviews with the designers, and ideas of what the future might hold.  

As an artist, I subscribe to it each year when I catch up with them at the SIGGRAPH convention.  As a teacher, I recommend that my students look to the magazine for inspiration - not just for the content of the magazine, but also in how the magazine is presented.  With unique printing, custom binding styles, and high-concept packaging, IdN has as much to offer as a piece of art as it does a reference magazine.

The latest work, TWO FACED is split into two sections.  The first section is dedicated to showcasing a selection of contemporary portraiture in traditional media, including works by Rankin, Simon Henwood and Stella Vine.

The second section is comprised of a range of creatives who work in all kinds of different media.  Pen and ink work, digital graphics, spray paint and even filmmakers' contributions populate the pages of the second section.  Artists such as Miachel C. Place and eBoy, Ian Wright and Shynola are only a few names among the list of prominent artists whose works are showcased.

If you're in Hong Kong this spring, you should stop by the gallery here and check this out.   Even if you're only here for a couple of days on business, the inspirational recharge is worth the trip.   The address is:

Agnes b. Librairie Galerie
1/F 18 Wing Fung Street
WanChai, Hong Kong

The installation will be open 6 days a week (not Sunday)
From 11:30am - 8:00pm until April 28, 2007 (28.04.07).

If you cannot make it to Hong Kong, you can order a copy of the book from IdN ProShop online.


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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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