Multifunctional lifestyle concept store WOAW has opened a new establishment in Hong Kong, and in celebration of the grand opening, the brand is hosting a pop-up exhibition featuring new paintings by Japanese artist Koichi Sato. The exhibit is made in collaboration with Ross + Kramer and Bill Brady Gallery.
Titled Ecstasy Journey, the exhibition showcases Sato’s portrayal of his subjects in his signature exaggerated stylized faces that are often in group portraits, while referencing notable figures in pop culture as well as athletes, TV stars and more. “Sato’s journey has a colorful cast: priests, camels, pharaohs, luchadores, flamenco dancers — even the Virgin Mary is along for the trip. The paintings take place in an undefined ‘elsewhere,’ breaking away from the traditional witnessing aspect of figuration to focus instead on an artist’s imaginative plea for escape from the oppressive nature of day to day life in New York,” explained by WOAW in a statement.
In terms of the new immersive space, the gallery-like boutique was curated by CLOT co-founder Kevin Poon, featuring a limited selection of goods ranging from accessories, art objects, gadgets, footwear to beauty and grooming products. Additionally, the space boasts modern appeal with its minimalist and brutalist vibe, as its heavy concrete furniture and shelving system were provided by Vitsoe, from legendary designer, Dieter Rams.
For more on Ecstasy Journey and the new WOAW space, head over to the brand’s website now for additional details.
WOAW Store Hong Kong
5 Sun Street.
Wanchai, Hong Kong