Art

Geodes in the City

3D paper geodes crystallize in the holes at the alley corners and the pipes. It stands out from the traditional street art with graffiti and paint. Los Angeles based A Common Name studio is creating their street art project at different little corners around the world. Be observant and see how these artificial geodes fit into urban landscape and weather like the natural ones. Discover treasures of life through another lens just like how a gem stone could be found before they are polished into becoming one of the brightest diamond in the world.

Mother Russia

I truly admire Pussy Riot's feminine power in awakening worldwide concern over the life of women in contemporary Russia. I always wonder how the life of women in Russia is in a men-dominated society. Perhaps, answers can be found at "Mother Russia" which is a group exhibition by emerging 4 Russian Photographers. The exhibition attempts to reflect the images of Russian women from different perspectives, providing an opportunity for Hong Kong people to glimpse this mysterious and ever-changing Eurasia country. It is an incredible chance for us to think about the freedom of speech, especially to Hong Kong who has growing conflict of interest with China.

Venue: The Salt Yard
Duration: 19/1 - 24/3 2013, 12n - 7pm, Thu - Sun

Details HERE

Rebranding English National Ballet

This very first month of 2013 seems to have presented itself with quite a number of brand revamp from all over the world, especially the States such as the Microsoft, the American Airlines, Office Depot, but I am way more impressed by the English National Ballet in UK. This overhaul is successful in the sense that it's really bringing forward the vision of ENB in a holistic manner, To be the most creative and most loved ballet Company in the UK. Brand identity is only part of this transformation and it does not end there, the photography brings out the spirit of ENB aspiring to be bold, creative yet sustaining the trait they are respecting the tradition and history of ballet. Together with the new logo which adapts the font Aktiv Grotesk, the new color palette, the new brand-mark is inspired by the quotation mark which resembles ballerina's point-toe gesture I must say is abstract yet expressive. Several punctuation marks have been widely used in many brand such as {}, | , & , " ". It's very challenging on how to give these visual components a new life and representation in a relevant manner.

ENB further makes a bolder statement by launching the collaboration with the legendary Vivienne Westwood who is renowned for being untamed, wild, uncompromising and simply creative in the fashion realm, but stepping in the water of the ballet hemisphere just synergizes both brands further. Vivienne will continue to style the dancers and art direct all the photography for the ENB marketing material throughout 2013. The whole exercise resonates extremely well with their claim that ENB is an ambitious arts organisation, Tamara Rojo’s creative leadership is bold and confident – just like what the headline says "Looks like a doll. Dances like a demon."

"David Bowie is" Exhibition

When we are talking about London's nightlife of yesteryear, ones will not be missed are the Punks and also a signature punk icon, David Bowie. The Victoria & Albert Museum has been given an unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 300 objects will be brought together for the very first time, e.g. lyrics, fashion, photography etc. The exhibition's concept is derived from David Bowie's famous song "Heroes" and also a book "We Can be Heroes" which has the most detailed account of London's coolest people in nightlife.

The exhibition will start from 23 March and end on 28 July 2013. If you don't have a chance to stop by London for the exhibition, make sure you get a copy of "We Can be Heroes".

Exhibition details

Sunshine Underground

Hong Kong artist Sun Lui uses acrylic to portray his thinking of human natures and the darkness of the society. Evolving from his early style of pop art, Sun's art style tends to be a collage of psychedelics and surrealism. Since his debut of join exhibition at “Nonstoplism1stAnniversary Art Exhibition” at Fringe Club,  Sun founded "ArtMania" to work with NGOs for the minorities & needy groups in the society.  He is currently working on his solo exhibition, Sunshine Underground with <<The Night in Darkness>> as theme.

《The Maid》
《The Maid》
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《Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs》
《Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs》

Lan Wei

Constructions ceased, concrete buildings stayed. Anothermountaiman highlighted the "exotica of opposites between grey lan wei and bright dreamy fantasy folk" in his exhibition. A back translation of the word "lan wei" is broken end. How sad to see construction project which the end is not complete, well executed and giving false hope to people who are in need of such space that could be home or dwelling area to many.

Lanwei Exhibition by anothermountainman Date: 7.10 - 11.11.2012 Venue: Blindspot Gallery & Blindspot Annex

iStay.Inn X Start From Zero

Best friend has just started an urban art hostel, iStay.inn in Singapore, which aims to offer another creative yet comfy choice for those who are running on a tighter budget.  And studio friends Start from Zero collaborates by giving this Lion City another street art flair and vibe with their painting. Next time you swing by, take a look at this little indie joint where many free souls and creative minds meet and greet.

iStay.Inn - An Urban Art Hostel 211A South Bridge Road, Singaore

Echigo Tsumari Art Field 2012

The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial is an international modern art festival held every three years in the rural Echigo-Tsumari region of Niigata Prefecture. Launched in 2000, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial is a large-scale initiative in Japan seeking to combine art with urban and regional regeneration. It has succeeded to attract visitors and bring awareness to this beautiful region that has suffered from depopulation and a series of natural disasters. There are more than 300 Japanese and international artists' fascinating artworks are exhibited throughout the 760 square kilometer Echigo-Tsumari region. Some of the artworks are found in the town centers and are easy to see, while others are located among remote rice fields and are difficult to access. This art festival is running until September 17, it is a good chance to enjoy the great outdoors while visiting the largest art gallery in the world. The Echigo -Tsumari region is easily accessible from Tokyo in a little over an hour by train!

Echigo Tsumari Art Field 2012

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JR is going to exhibit in Hong Kong

JR is a photography comes from Paris, He has described himself as a "photograffeur", as his works are not framed and hanged in gallery only, his works are exhibited in every city, every place and everywhere. He states that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world. And always create large impact with the photo and environment. The Wrinkles of the City / Shanghai   / 2010

Women Are Heroes / Brazil   / 2008 - 2009

He is going to have an exhibition named as " Pattern" at Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, on September-November. Go there to feel how's the impact of his artworks!

The office site of JR

The site of Galerie Perrotin

make happy those who are near and ...

Stumbled across a blog post with a headline "Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come." and that attracts me tremendously. The author, Cristina Chapman, attended the Manchester Design Symposium 2012 just 2 weeks ago and got inspired by some key speakers like Adrian Shaughnessy - renowned graphic designer and writer of How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul  and Will Hudson - founder of It's Nice That, but more by Morag Myerscough - founder of Studio Morag. It's quoted "The person who inspired me the most was Morag Myercough, she has been a designer for the past 20 years but only in the last 10 years she has been doing exactly what she believes in." Morag has done a lot of way-finding design and instilled her quirky sense into many valuable organizations such as children's hospital, Deptford project by transforming an unused train into a cafe. It's indeed a life long journey for all designers to explore what truly resonates their dreams and things close to their hearts. Stay truthful and original.

chris burden

Came across this documentary directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulmanon on artist Chris Burden and a kinetic sculpture that has taken him four years to build. This was filmed before the piece was moved to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) where it is being reinstalled. We're in love with every detail and only wished we could have witnessed this in motion.

yayoi kusama

I first encountered Yayoi Kusama's work at the Gagosian Gallery in New York, and immediately went a bit dotty for her. The Japanese-born artist, now in her eighties, has been producing artworks inspired by themes of personal obsession and cosmic wonder for decades. The Victoria Miro Gallery has a show of her works, running from Feb 9th to April 5, 2012. Looking forward to catching this exhibition in London.

fotanian open studios

Fotanian will be opening their gates during the Fotanian Open Studio weekends on January 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 14.00 to 20.00. For each of these weekends, all artists in this area are welcoming you in their studios. With over 80 studios and over 300 artists participating, Fotanian Open Studio has grown to an unprecedented scale. There will be guided tours, workshops, seminars and other special events. Check it out today!

tsang tsou choi at saamlung

Saamlung is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work from the late Hong Kong outsider artist Tsang Tsou Choi, perhaps best known by the epithet from which this exhibition borrows its title: the “King of Kowloon.” From the golden years of midcentury colonial Hong Kong almost to his death in 2007, Tsang was notorious for the distinctive writing he left across the terrain of the city: believing that his family had once been deeded the rights to the land now constituting the core of urban Kowloon, the artist engaged in a monomaniacal project of righting this ancient injustice by executing calligraphy describing his genealogical and political situation on lamp posts, electric utility boxes, fences, walls, and other publicly accessible surfaces from one end to the other of the former British territory, demanding his righteous returns.

Fortunately recognized for his aesthetic output well before his death, Tsang Tsou Choi is widely known throughout Hong Kong and across greater China as a fixture of collective memory, an integral element of the urban texture of the territory. Until now, however, much of the attention he has received from the cultural world has positioned him in the realm of street art and design, resulting in all manner of product collaborations and visual inspirations on consumer objects.

As the first exhibition of work from Tsang Tsou Choi in the commercial gallery context, this project positions him as the historical precedent for an alternative future; that is to say, we trace back to his position a certain rupture within Hong Kong art history by which we might locate in his stance the first properly contemporary artist in a region still haunted by the ideological specters of modernism. By offering certain possibilities for public intervention alongside a concerted disavowal of social responsibility, Tsang becomes, in retrospect, a key figure for cultural production today. This exhibition examines his work as painting, as calligraphy, and as sculpture; in approaching the artifacts of his practice as contemporary art, a measure of spatial perspicacity and conceptual rigor emerges.

The core of the exhibition focuses on a series of some half-dozen pieces in ink on board and cloth, large scale paintings that hold their own within even the most recent discussions of the return to analytical expressionism in non-figurative painting today. Further works on display include a number of pieces in pen on paper and several calligraphic-cum-sculptural interventions carried out on objects like umbrellas, lanterns, and utility boxes. Vintage photographic documentation of Tsang Tsou Choi and his work installed in situ is also available separately for research and perusal.

Tsang Tsou Choi, who passed away in 2007 after a lifetime of outsider aesthetic production, was the artist better known as the “King of Kowloon.” Born in Guangdong in 1921, he moved to Hong Kong in 1937 and, after discovering certain documents amongst his possessions, came to believe by 1956 that he was the rightful ruler of a portion of the British colony. Spending decades in conflict with the police and courts, Tsang insisted on writing out his genealogy and understanding of the world as calligraphic graffiti across Hong Kong, claiming this urban space for himself and his family. By 1997 he had become known to the art world, and was included in a series of key exhibitions by curators Hou Hanru and Hans Ulrich Obrist, including the traveling project “Cities on the Move” and the “Zone of Urgency: Canton Express” project of the 2003 Venice Biennale. His work belongs to a number of private collections, and has most recently appeared at the Sotheby's sale of a portion of the Ullens Collection.

Saamlung is the commercial gallery and project office founded by critic and curator Robin Peckham in 2011. Located in downtown Central, Hong Kong, the gallery presents work by emerging and historically significant artists from greater China and around the world in concise solo projects, curated group exhibitions, publications, and other satellite events.

Sang Tsou Choi, "King of Kowloon" 14 January through 11 February 2012 Opening 14 January, 18:00-21:00

Saamlung, 26/F Two Chinachem Plaza, 68 Connaught Rd. C. (135-137 Des Voeux Rd. C.) Central, Hong Kong

Above text is provided by Saamlung Gallery.

in memory of wu guanzhong

Master Wu Guanzhong's contemporary art piece is my all time favorite as I fall in love with his talented craftsmanship in Chinese painting and conceptual expression of the nature. He has donated another 33 paintings to Hong Kong and those would be exhibited in the Hong Kong Museum of Art from now till April 2012.

 

portraits of creeps

Our friend illustrator Ross Sit is having his first solo exhibition at L'Aprés-Midi, a gallery in Tai Hang. Called "Portraits of Creeps", his work is filled with creatures from his wild imagination. The exhibition runs from 12 Nov to 3 Dec. L'Aprés-Midi, G/F No. 2 King Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong. Open Tues through Saturday 2pm to 6pm.