A safe harbour for art

From now till 26 February, art lovers will be able to visit local artist Offgod’s “Prosthetic Garden” at Gallery by the Harbour in Harbour City

Offgod aka Andrew Mok with his latest art pieces. Photo: Harbour City

The exhibition shows prints of 12 of his latest digital artworks, including the brand-new work “This is Art?” and collaborative works with fashion brands. It also contains a new medium for him: 3D-printed sculptures.

Fresh from finishing the mock exams for his IB programme, 18-year-old Andrew Mok put this solo exhibition together while juggling his studies.

He tells #legend that the 3D art sculptures serve as fashion accessories that he started creating in 2022. His brother, an architecture student, helped him out with the finer details of 3D printing.

While he is certainly young, those not in-the-know about Offgod, Mok’s artist persona, would be surprised by his credentials.

He started doing illustrations on his iPad and sharing them when he entered his teens. Using Instagram, he started building a name for himself by drawing rappers and other public figures he admired.

Photo: Harbour City

Things really took off for him when Japanese artist Takashi Murakami reposted an illustration he did.

“I love young talent! Mostly, I understand visual artist talent. He has a huge future! Thank you so much! @yalocaloffgod, your art has refreshed my mind,” said Murakami in a December 2020 post.

Murakami also directly messaged Mok himself with words of encouragement. Celebrities such as hip-hop star Pharrell Williams, now the creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, have also shown their appreciation for his craft.   

Since then, Mok has been tapped to design covers for rappers like The Kid LAROI, Juice Wrld, and Bella Poarch among others. He’s also been championed by the likes of Hong Kong’s SHOUT Gallery, with whom he has exhibited multiple times.

His love for hip hop culture and Y2K aesthetics is shown in his latest exhibition, mixed in with contemporary references like NFTs and social media.

Photo: Harbour City

After this show, Mok shares that he will be busy with his finals, and following that, he will probably take a gap year to create more art before deciding on his next move.

Besides Offgod’s exhibition, art lovers visiting Harbour City will also see art sculptures by the Italian art collective Cracking Art.

Photo: Harbour City

Marking their 30th anniversary, this will be the group’s first eco-public art exhibition in Hong Kong.

Until February 28, over 90 animal sculptures made from regenerated plastic will be on display across eight different locations in Harbour City.

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