At Your Leisure – Huai Yin Art Museum, Huai’an, Jiangsu

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.

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Catalogues evoke great memories of a residency in Zhangjiajie, a look at where some of the artworks are now.

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 .

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Currently showing in Liaoning, Shenyang – Extension Space

‘Pouring redemption for me -sepia’, mixed media, 50x28cm Niamh Cunningham 2018

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 

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On Paper Supreme 2018, Ordos, Inner Mongolia

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.

On Paper.Supreme Sucrose series by Niamh Cunningham

‘A New Dress Woven ‘, mixed media, 40 cm diam Niamh Cunningham 2018

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From the Abstract to VR, toying with theories, The Jinan Exhibition

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.  

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2018 On Paper.Supreme at Qing Dao, What the artists say:

A huge thank you to Tiantai Arts centre in QingDao for hosting an impressive exhibition especially to  Mr Li Qiao Ping 李桥平 director of the art space who presented a wonderful  opening, the crowds of visitors were able to enjoy the artworks with live classical music performed throughout the afternoon. Sincere thanks to David Dai戴大伟, chairman of Tiantai who spoke at the opening ceremony.  Also a big thank you to Karl Li who assisted, translated and facilitated many of the arrangements.  Gratitude also of course to curator Chang Feng 长风 for such a significant project which will travel several cities in China in 2018 and also for producing the striking catalogue. 

Participating artists include:

Aimee Lee,  Pyo Inbu,  Ryota Shiibashi, Fion Gunn, Jin Nanwu, Li Hongbo, Maribel Portela,  Qin Jian,  Xin Song,  Wang Lei, Wu Liangyan, Yang Zhiling, Woonhak Chung, Audrey Mullins, Chen Yafeng, Jerry Lee, Ming Ke, Patrick Dewit, Quan Bao, Niamh Cunningham, Yumo Wu, Zhang Dan, Zhong Zhao

 Qingdao artists:

Li Jianrong, Liang Lingjuan, Liang Xi, Liang Xiao, Liu Chuanbao, Qu Baolai, Xue Bo, Wei Ming, Wu Yizhen,  You Liangcheng, Zheng Ri 

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2018 On Paper ·Supreme at QingDao Tiantai Art Centre

QIngDao On Paper Supreme

‘The bright stick trapped’ sucrose on printed cotton, mixed media, 40 cm diam Niamh Cunningham 2018 On Paper.Supreme被困的明亮树枝, 印花棉上的蔗糖,混合材质,直径40厘米,瑞莲,纸上·至上

 

On Paper.Supreme 2018 series of exhibitions will tour several cities in China begins in QingDao Tiantai Art Centre this weekend. The exhibition is curated by Chang Feng and will open on April 17th.

 

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WB Yeats Day, June 13th, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Ireland

Wood Cut Niamh Cunningham from Guanlan Printbase

Lonely Impulse 2 Woodcut 20x20cm Niamh Cunningham (Guanlan printmaking base residency 2018) 

In celebration of  Yeats day June 13th , the Hamilton Gallery opens this exhibition of more than 100 small sized works in the town of Sligo , the place the poet WB Yeats called his childhood and spiritual home. 

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the end of 1st World War Hamilton Gallery has chosen W B Yeats poem ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’ as the catalyst for its Invited Artists Exhibition 2018.  The poem addresses the dichotomy that existed and still exists around the Irish response to The Great War 1914 -1918.  And of course it is relevant to many families whose loved ones have served or are serving other nations which is more likely now in our globalized world. 

 

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Existence -What the Artists Say

The art of feminism

This post is an overview of the exhibition at the Mezzi bookstore art space in Changsha which opened on May 20th. The exhibition focusses on various aspects of feminist art culture. “We hope that this high quality art collective by sixteen artists will reveal some of the challenges and struggles for women in present day societies ” said curator Zhen Guo who is also a practitioner artist based in New York . “We also hope to unite women of diverse nationalities and ethnicities , promoting the status of women in their respective communities.”

 

“Just as we think the art of feminism is about to be a thing of the past” said academic advisor Yaxi Guo ” the tragedies women experience are universal as highlighted by Women in the Dark program  presented by the installation by Franziska Greber. ”

 

Cautions are highlighted by the academic host Leier Ai in the exhibition catalogue, “Many exhibitions by all female artist have the danger of being secular and commoditized” she said “But in terms of language form and concept of feminist art this exhibition has a more progressive exploration of narratives . For example the Pillar of Time  utilizes  concepts of time and symbols and soft materials to construct female narratives. Material  form and techniques are perfectly unified in the Mother  establishing an impressive monument to female existence.” 

Gallery Manager Peng Junyao commented on visitors reactions. ” Many visitors wanted to talk more about the various stories that are taking place in this exhibition whether they are personal or not , whether it is happy or depressing it gives visitors a chance to recall and discuss with their friends. ”

 

Participating Artists: 

Laetitia Deschemps

Franzisika Greber

Guo Zhen

Xinmo Li 

Yuan Gao

Hayoon Jay lee 

Linlin Li 

Hung Liu 

Monika Lin 

Denise Keele- Bedford 

Tian Tang 

Baoju Wang 

Yinhong Yan 

Qiongfei Zhang 

Radka Hrabovska 

Niamh Cunningham 

Each artist talks about their work………

 

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