SHOUT Art Hub & Gallery is pleased to partner with Fools Paradise to bring you the HONMONO TAIKETSU exhibition.
This exhibition features 25 pieces of unseen works and limited-edition vinyl toys from Fools Paradise. This will also be their first time launching an art exhibition. So wristwatch collectors and vinyl toy lovers, stay tuned!
HONMONO TAIKETSU – The Creator’s Inspiration
We live in a bizarre society filled with absurdity in our everyday lives – if you think about it carefully, what will happen if we put contradicting or paradoxical subjects together? This concept has been simmering in my mind, and I had always believed that the physical manifestation of this design would be riveting.
One day, I was casually browsing online after work to look at watches. My daughter then came over and asked me what I’ve been looking at. I told her, “I’m looking at watches. Do you think this is beautiful?” To which she didn’t reply, but instead asked for the name of the watch. “This is called a panda watch because it looks like one. Do you agree?”, I replied. Although she insisted that it didn’t look like a panda, she asked, “Wouldn’t it be even cuter if someone made a panda toy that looks like this watch?” And her response is what inspired the HONMONO TAIKETSU series.
Through HONMONO TAIKETSU, I hoped to connect paradoxes, and the Fools Paradise creative team is known best for their creativity and humour. They used the artist’s favourite wristwatch as their inspiration to produce a series of artworks that will put smiles on people’s faces, resulting in the HONMONO TAIKETSU collection.
Wristwatches are given different nicknames in the global collectors’ circle. For example, panda watches are named after pandas because of their duo-toned dials. The designers then incorporate pandas into the design and colour tones of panda watches, thereby creating a unique Panda. The series follows this design principal to bring the designer’s wristwatch characters to life. Not only do they make people smile, but they also give viewers a refreshing sense of cognitive and visual dissonance whilst bringing wristwatch lovers together.
HONMONOO TAIKETSU Exhibition Details
Dates: 23 July – 17 August, 2022
Opening hours: 11:00 – 20:00
Location: SHOUT Art Hub & Gallery, Shop IT308A, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong