As the Asian, notably Chinese, art markets continue their upward climb, galleries and auction houses on the mainland seem be expanding both in quantity and sales-wise to match the growing demand. An interesting observation about these growing markets however is their apparent secular focus on Chinese artists and Chinese arts, antiquities being a major slice of the Asian auction house pie. With a nationalist focus and overt censorship, it’s often times difficult to find riskier emerging artist galleries in the region, even despite its boom economy. Luckily for us, there’s Above Second.
Located in Hong Kong, where East truly meets West, Above Second has been on our radar for a while, and though we find the new contemporary art coming out of China absolutely fascinating, the new contemporary art coming into China is almost even more exciting, simply as a feat in and of itself. Now on view at the gallery is ‘Mano Y Mano’ a showing of two Bay Area Mexican American artists with strong roots in graffiti, Aaron de la Cruz and Samuel Rodriguez. Both artists traveled to HK to create large scale murals and works both inside and outside the space, get a look below!