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Hong Kong’s JPS Gallery has joined forces with artists from Three Tides Tattoo parlor for the eclectic exhibition “Modern Art of Floating World.” Hosted in partnership with Secret Base, the 70-piece collection features contemporary artworks inspired by traditional East Asian designs.

Having already showcased works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and KAWS, JPS Gallery’s latest venture draws from a little closer to home, commissioning complex illustrations, patterns, and designs across a number of bespoke pieces.

While largely working with ink and illustration, featured artists Horihiro and Ukiyoemon have designed and installed a number of pieces, including figurines, glass/resin sculptures, and skateboard decks. Fellow artists Ganji, Ichibay, Mutsuo, Nami, and Horitatsu from Three Tides have also contributed works, fusing modern elements with traditional Ukiyo-e prints.

Having flourished during Japan’s Edo period, Ukiyo-e, which translates roughly to “pictures of the floating world” or “sad troublesome world,” were drawings and illustrations primarily found on woodblocks, with the technique taking root in the early 1600s. Early prints often featured women, artisans, and landscapes, with the former two becoming popular designs for traditional tattoos.

“Modern Art of Floating World” will be exhibited at JPS Gallery until May 18. For those who wish to attend, the address is listed below. If you’re not in Hong Kong, have a flick through Highsnobiety’s exhibition shots above.

JPS Gallery
Room 3, 12/F, Fuk Hong Industrial Building
60-62B Tong Mi Road
Mongkok, Kowloon
Hong Kong

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Candice Nembhard is a writer and journalist based in Berlin.

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