Photographer Michael Wolf, who has been capturing Hong Kong's hyper-density through its high rise architecture for over twenty years, has a new solo exhibition featuring informal assemblages of mops, brooms, chairs and shoes—abstract urban still lifes from its hidden network of back alleys that provide a record of human activity where the flotsam of the city accumulates and is re-purposed. Wolf has returned to a particular site as many as twenty times to capture shifting arrangements and has taken thousands of photographs which are grouped into various typologies such as color, rhythm, and structure.
Hong Kong’s back alleys are often unnoticed against their more glamorous counterparts of dazzling architecture. However, they present an authentic slice of Hong Kong’s grass roots culture. In my opinion they should be nominated as a heritage site.On view at Flowers Gallery Nov 27 – Jan 2.