HyperAllergic: Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement in Pen and Ink

 Artists Mobilize to Capture Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement in Pen and Ink

by Laura C. Mallonee in HyperAllergic, October 6, 2014

A drawing of Causeway Bay by Alvin Wong (Image via Facebook)

Art has played a role in the Umbrella Movement since day one, from public art installations like Stand By You: ‘Add Oil’ Machine to a Facebook competition to design the movement’s logo. Less well-known are two urban sketching groups which, armed with pen and paper, have been doing their best to document the protests.

Both Urban Sketchers Hong Kong (USHK) and Sketcher-Kee were formed in 2013 with the goal of preserving in ink the city’s ever-evolving urban environment. Today its members are camped out in the Causeway Bay, Admiralty, and Mong Kok areas of Hong Kong, posting expressive drawings of that same landscape over-run by umbrellas, yellow ribbons, and students demanding political freedom. Their work is risky; a recent post by USHK co-founder Alvin Wong on the group’s Facebook page advised members to “get a sketch buddy” and to sit near a wall so “no one can surprise you from behind.”

Continue to read the article and see many images of the protest!

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6 Responses to HyperAllergic: Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement in Pen and Ink

  1. Sammy D. says:

    Katie – thanks for featuring this! The sketches vibrate with energy and depict emotion and meaning in a way that differs from photography, giving us an even more comprehensive impression of the participation. I can’t help but think about the elevated risk for a sketcher – far easier to surreptitiously and quickly snap photos than to hold pad and drawing utensil to sketch. I’ve bookmarked this one to spend more time this afternoon.


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