EAST, MIAMI ANNOUNCES YE HONGXING’S INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION PRAJÑAĀPÃRAMITA DURING THE 15TH EDITION OF ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
EAST, Miami will feature an exclusive new installation by Chinese artist Ye Hongxing, to inaugurate the hotel’s new schedule of arts programming
Miami, FL – Building upon Swire Hotels’ EAST brand’s roots in Hong Kong and China EAST, Miami announces an exclusive new installation by artist Ye Hongxing, to be displayed in the hotel’s 38th floor. Entitled Prajñāpāramita, which translates to “the Perfection of (Transcendent) Wisdom,” the massive installation of stickers, toys, and glass beads will provide a modernist look at the evolving spiritual history of China and its people. Working in conjunction with ART LEXÏNG, the installation will inaugurate EAST, Miami’s new schedule of arts programming featuring rotating local and international talent which runs through December 15th, 2016.
While EAST, Miami has become the new benchmark for Miami hotels, nightlife, and culinary experiences, the hotel’s history is rooted in the Far East. Since opening the first location in Hong Kong, Swire Hotels’ parent company Swire Properties has remained an annual corporate sponsor of Art Basel Hong Kong. Sister hotels from The House Collective, The Upper House and The Opposite House have regularly hosted arts events at the company’s two other properties in Asia. Now settled in the U.S. market, EAST, Miami is an official corporate sponsor of National Young Arts Foundation (YoungArts), and works in conjunction with IndieWalls for exclusive in-room art installations, as well as scheduled pop-up exhibits to be held within the property. Bringing together a passion for eastern culture and a keen focus on the arts, the new Miami hotel has already been twice-blessed by Buddhist monks, to christen the property during pre and post opening.
For EAST, Miami’s first official exhibit, artist Ye Hongxing will install her critically-acclaimed Prajñāpāramita from November 15th to December 15th on the 38th floor. The piece pays homage to the ancient pagodas and mandala symbols seen throughout Chinese culture, while commenting on the country’s rapidly advancing modern society. Comprised of thousands of children’s stickers and action figures, Hongxing’s mandala and pagoda, which are typically representative of Buddhist relics and writings, use ephemera and tchotchke to portray a new focus on the disposable. On loan from Art Lexïng gallery, the piece first appeared at Pulse NY in 2015. This exhibit is especially meaning full to Swire Properties’ President Stephen Owens, as he is a devoted Buddhist and Mandalas are a spiritual and ritual symbol of the practice.
About EAST, Miami
EAST, Miami is Swire Hotels’ first venture into North America, following the openings of EAST in Hong Kong and Beijing. Created for unconventional travelers looking for a fun and relaxing place to stay, EAST, Miami offers distinctive experiences for those seeking innovation, style, and personalized service. EAST, Miami offers 352 guest rooms to include eight suites and 89 one, two and three-bedroom residence suites (fully equipped apartments with kitchen, laundry facilities and full access to the amenities and services of the hotel). Guests can expect keyless entry, paperless check-in and check-out, art exhibits, health and wellness programming and array of other happenings to make them feel totally at EAST. The hotel boasts its signature restaurants Quinto La Huella and a rooftop destination bar called Sugar; 20,000 square-feet of meeting and banquet rooms with bay and city views; a 20,000 square-foot outdoor pool and deck (with four different pools) which can be used for private events; a lobby café and bar, Domain, and a 24-hour fitness center. Located at 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, Florida 33131, the hotel is centrally located within a 15-minute drive from the Miami International Airport, and situated on top of Brickell City Centre – conveniently connected to popular districts such as Wynwood, the Design District, and South Beach. For reservations please email [email protected] or call 305-712-7000. For more information, please visit http://www.east-miami.com/.
About Artist Ye Hongxing
Beijing based artist Ye Hongxing claims that her work is a reaction to the “swift change of China’s social system”. As the rapid pace of modernity in China shapes a new generation, Hongxing has become part of an exciting new wave of artists, reacting and exploring the developments of that region. Hongxing’s use of stickers create a dazzling visual effect, kaleidoscopic and fragmented. Fantastical landscapes and religious symbols appear through a mosiac of colourful stickers, usually collected and used during childhood. This low brand, mass produced everyday material, combined with potent imagery of religious symbolism and nature, effectively highlights the fusion of modern technology and secularism with the more traditional and spiritual aspects of Chinese culture. Born in Guangxi in 1972, Hongxing graduated from the Educational Academy in Guilin, Guangxi, and from the Printing Department, Central Fine Art Academy, Beijing with Masters degree in 1998. Ye Hongxing’s work was selected by the Curator of the Asian Art Museum in California and the Director of Art Cologne (out of over a thousand other emerging Chinese Artists) as one of China’s top 20 young emerging artists in Chinese Art Prize 2006. Ye’s work is widely collected by high profile figures in China and she is gaining more international attention than ever after showcasing last year at ART ASIA during Art Basel Miami Beach. Her works have also been shown at one of the most important and prestigious art expositions in Europe, such as Art Cologne, as well as in Miami, New York and Washington, DC.