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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Tokyo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    AT THIS TIME presents KAWS’ signature COMPANION figure standing alone with his head tilted backwards and his eyes sunk in his hands. The COMPANION’s posture conveys myriad, contradicting emotions- spanning disbelief, rest, isolation and playfulness. Captured in a state of isolation, COMPANION appears sad and alone – in a complete paradox to its name. Yet when seen through a child’s eyes, the character’s pose transforms into a playful expression, redolent of the childhood game of hide-and-seek. From play to retreat, invitation to isolation, the COMPANION’s pose conjures a poignant vulnerability that summons empathy from its viewers.

    At once whimsical and psychologically charged, the domestic sized sculpture invites viewers into a visual universe that is infused with KAWS’ instantly recognisable cartoon imagery. Enamoured with the world of cartoons to the point of creating his own graphic figures, KAWS designed his first COMPANION character in 1999, which initially took the form of a small-scale figurine. Executed in bronze and painted in the artist’s classic grey colourway, the present lot exemplifies KAWS’ rise to the canon of contemporary art, encapsulating the artist’s visual language that oscillates between popular culture and fine art.

  • Catalogue Essay

    《此時》呈現了KAWS標誌性的「夥伴」(Companion)形象,獨自站立,頭往後仰,眼睛摀在手後。「夥伴」的姿勢傳遞了數不清的、矛盾的情緒——包括了懷疑、平靜、孤立和俏皮。呈現於孤立的狀態中,「夥伴」顯得悲傷和孤單——與其名字完全相悖。然而以孩童的眼光來看時,這個人物的姿勢轉變為一種俏皮的形像,仿若在玩童年捉迷藏的遊戲。從玩耍到躲避,從開放到孤立,「夥伴」的姿勢讓人心生一種悲戚的脆弱感,喚起觀者的同情心。

    異想天開和心理衝擊共存,這件居家大小的雕塑呼喚觀者進入一個充滿KAWS其極具辨識性的卡通圖像之視覺宇宙。著迷卡通世界以至於開始創造他自己的圖像角色,KAWS於1999年設計了他的第一個「夥伴」人物,且在最初是以一件小型雕像的形式。以青銅鑄造並以藝術家經典的灰色調塗繪,本拍品代表了KAWS在當代藝術中的正式崛起,涵蓋了藝術家在流行文化與藝術之間融會貫通的視覺語言。

  • Artist Bio

    KAWS

    American • 1974

    To understand the work of KAWS is to understand his roots in the skateboard and graffiti crews of New York City. Brian Donnelly chose KAWS as his moniker to tag city streets beginning in the 1990s, and quickly became a celebrated standout in the scene. Having swapped spray paint for explorations in fine art spanning sculpture, painting and collage, KAWS has maintained a fascination with classic cartoons, including Garfield, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons, and reconfigured familiar subjects into a world of fantasy. 

    Perhaps he is most known for his larger-than-life fiberglass sculptures that supplant the body of Mickey Mouse onto KAWS' own imagined creatures, often with 'x'-ed out eyes or ultra-animated features. However, KAWS also works frequently in neon and vivid paint, adding animation and depth to contemporary paintings filled with approachable imagination. There is mass appeal to KAWS, who exhibits globally and most frequently in Asia, Europe and the United States.  

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KAWS

AT THIS TIME

2016
stamped with the artist name, date of work and edition number '5/25 KAWS..16' on the underside
bronze and paint
27.8 x 13.4 x 8.5 cm. (10 7/8 x 5 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2016, this work is number 5 from an edition of 25 plus 5 artist's proofs.

Estimate
HK$800,000 - 1,200,000 
€93,000-139,000
$103,000-154,000

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019