There is something in Wang Ning’s work which follows you a bit after you walk on and leave it behind. It lingers but it is not a sweet stickiness. It starts off feeling familiar and welcoming but then it permeates to a disturbing disquiet ..dare I say it…it might be something of the human condition.
I have been documenting the progress of the sucrose crystals in my work for a considerable time. This blog will take a look at some of the changes occurring in certain works recently exhibited at China Europe Contemporary Art Global Tour Shanghai curated by Ma Yiying and Longjingli.
The crystallisation process has slowed down considerably over the past 10 months but it is still possible to see its traces as it pushes the ink within the mixed media. The ink which has been shifted by this process comes from two sources. Some of the interventions I make with this work involve ‘lifting off’ the surface ink and also I have added Chinese water colour ink to the mixed media of sugar and other secret ingredients. Continue reading
The opening ceremony was a grand elegant affair attracting support and endorsements from a range of cultural entities. The reception was hosted by Yu Tinting, founder of Qiyi culture. Speeches were delivered by Victor King founder of Global Investor Hub, Li Jiashan, Executive Vice President of National Institute of Cultural Development, Mr POLO (chairman) and Mr. Ignasi Guardans i Cambo (a former MEP) and curators Ma Yiying and Longjing Li .
Hou Hai sucrose on printed cotton, mixed media, 20 cm diam，2018
Excerpt from catalogue
……Abstract art has established a position in the mainstream of painting today and so it is a surprise to find an Irish artist follow the traditional laws of focus and perspective, embarking on a similar path to David Hockney. Cunningham 瑞莲 Ruilian has travelled extensively in China and it is obvious that the landscapes have influenced her style. She may even be more enthusiastic about Chinese landscape than Chinese artists themselves. The rolling mountains, the unreached horizon and the hustle and bustle of the city streets and buildings continue as witness to her travels, and are witnesses to her understanding of China. …..
Curator Xie Hai August 2018
The summer exhibition in Jiangsu, curated by Xie Hai, was held at Huaiyin Art Museum on July 24th 2018. Xie said the project focussed on the individual artist painting language and development of the artist’s style.
The catalogues arrived. As I opened them the memories flooded back. In Nov 2014 the second session of the residency (International Oil Painting Camp) took place in Hunan .
The catalogues covered the work done at the camp, activities and artist profiles, they are beautifully produced thanks to the editors Wu Shixiong, and Kongyan. The programme takes place every two years, bringing International and Chinese artists together in the Pullman hotel. We had to complete three artworks in the allotted time. Some of the two weeks was spent exploring nearby scenic towns and villages including the nearby Wuling National Park.
Some of the artworks on this page have since found themselves in different collections .
The exhibition opened on Sunday 16th September. On Paper.Supreme is showing in several venues in Shenyang (see below ) Some of my sucrose series are showing at the Extension space in Shenyang city. Many thanks to curator Chang Feng and all the people of Extension Space .
The sucrose series explores loss and reclamation through process and materiality. It involves a sequence of multiple interventions and explores how the physical matter itself can continue to push the creation event. Some of the interventions include sewing, ‘burning off’ the digital image from the surface, adding colour and of course the crystalisation process of sugar. Once I am finished working on the ‘sugar painting’ the process of crystalisation may continue to transform and obliterate. The imagery itself is of nature and the environment, places around Beijing which I know well and for which I have a strong affinity.
Here is a link to more information on my work the Sucrose Series
Three full days of sensory overload and yet still feeling the love and goodwill all around, Electric Picnic 2018 Stradbally, did not disappoint. I must be one of the few people who arrived there on the Friday morning feeling a little ill, tired and dreading the event only to return home Monday morning feeling refreshed and optimistic and full of the joys of a sunny dry Ireland. Continue reading
I am thrilled to be showing in Inner Mongolia at the moment.
On Paper Supreme 2018 is currently showing in Ordos Culture and Art Centre, the exhibition is curated by Chang Feng.
Some of the work I am showing is part of the Sucrose Series which refers to the fragility of nature and ecological settings.
While preparing this blog and reading through the artists’ statements below there has been a lot of reference to constructing and perceiving reality which puts in mind the subject big data and VR, huge phenomena of our time. When symbols such as words fade away to be replaced by shared knowledge of communication, such a shared virtual reality, it can alter how we live and behave. We now exist in a very different space and time and it is the abstract form of art which points out to us a few basic building blocks.