I have just returned from Shenzhen after a very special five week artists residency. This post will look at the work I made. The next post will take a look at the printingmaking base, the people and also a look at the Printmaking Museum .
I worked in the wood cut department reworking a previous painting (Huiyuan Water City). The area is of my old neighbourhood near Olympic park with the Birds Nest in the background.
(4/30) Huiyuan woodcut , Niamh Cunningham 2018 40x 120cm
5/ 30 Step One woodcut 2018 40 x 80cm paper size Niamh Cunningham
The next work was made in response to a call for an exhibition on WB Yeats Poetry. (More information to follow)
6/6/ Impulse of Delight x3 on Yellow Niamh Cunningham 2018 35 x 90cm
Both ‘Huiyuan’ and ‘Step One’ were reduction woodcuts with 3 colours. This technique uses the same wood board for printing each colour, in this case the first cut is the darkest colour working to medium and light. The photos below show the last colour for ‘Huiyuan’ .
Currently showing in a Chinese New Year themed exhibition with the Roaming Museum. Located in the IT tech industry area of Zhongguang Cun, Beijing, newly opened Raycom centre has a shopping and leisure area on level B1 where people and families can wander about in the “Melting Space”.
LiushuiQiao Subway-2 120x100cm Oil on Canvas 2013 Niamh Cunningham
Participating artists :
Andrew Cole \ Baizi Zi \ Crow \ Chen Han \ Chen Lili \ big pocket \ Di Chong\ East Drum \ Hericium \ Liu Xiaoshu \ Niamh Cunningham \ Pang Shaoxian\ Pang Zhen Yong \ Sun Yi Fei \ Shan He \ Wang Yanfa \ Wei Ruiling \ Wujiang\ Yang Yan \ Yang Yang \ Yang Zhangsheng \ Zhang Runping \ Zeng Yong \ Zhao Wenjuan
Currently showing in the Exhibition “Chinese and International Visual Arts Exhibition Henan” Changsha at the Mezzi bookstore complex, curated by Ma Yiying.
Cang Xin, Li Guangbo, Li Wei , Shen Jingdong, Tie Xin , Wang Guofeng, Wu Di, Xiao Ye, Zhang Zhan, and Zhu Zhigang. From the international side Denise Keele-Bedford（Australia， Girar Bourriau (France), Carlo Bernardini (Italy), Claudio Pieronni (Italy) , Leonida De Filippi (Italy), Leonardo Cevallos (Ecuador) , Monica Lin (USA), Niamh Cunningham (Ireland) Sigurdur Gudmundsson (Iceland) and Stevens Vaughn
I was thrilled to meet several of these impressive artists at the opening recently and this blog will take a brief look at some of the artworks and a line or two about what the artist says.
Wu Xiaobin, Cang Xin, Zhu Zhigang, Monika Lin, WuDi , Li Wei, Ma YiYing, Tie Xin, Wang Guofeng
I have just returned from Changsha, Hunan for the opening of a special exhibition on December 26th. The venue was hosted by Mezzi Master bookstore complex， an interesting labyrinth of architecture with multiple levels and various layouts of stairways making the most interesting reading spaces … staircases being a metaphor for the acquisition of knowledge through reading.
The exhibition (形质与叙事) ‘Qualitative Phase and the Narrative’ or my own loose translation – A conversation on what lies beneath- opened yesterday at Dong Yue Art Museum. Curated by Liu Xuguang and Li Zhen this trienial exhibition is part of the Beijing Film Academy conference. “ The exhibition explores art as a concept and looks at the original image in the context of new media art” said academic curator Li Zhen.
curator： Liu Xuguang
academic curator: Li Zhen
artistic director: Yuan QiuLai
The Feng Huang Walk, Chinese colour & ink on paper 70x 70cm 2016 Niamh Cunningham
Currently showing work in an exhibition curated by Chang Feng in Guangzhou. Produced by Lan Hai Qi. On Paper is an ambitious project travelling many cities in China within the year and this is the final stop for 2017. (See my previous post on the Ordos exhibition ). It explores work on paper and paper related artwork. On Paper continues till Dec 30th.
Like an abra crossing the Creek, I journeyed to another place as I saw work of mine I had not seen for a decade. In the Heritage Rooms of the Tamani Hotel Marina Dubai, there are two meeting rooms displaying my work: Al Abra and Al Khor ( Abra means crossing referring to the water taxi boats and Al Khor is waterway or harbour).
In 2008 the Tamani Hotel purchased 20 paintings from my ‘Creek Series’ through the gallery that represented me at the time, Art Attack Gallery which was directed by Al Qais Saeed Alfalasi. Continue reading
As my visit to Dubai comes to an end, I went the the headquarters of the NGO Emirates Environmental Group where I met Habiba Al Mar’ashi Chairperson of EEG. Continue reading
Back in 2008 when I was still living in Dubai my writer/curator friend Jyoti Dhar introduced me to the Flying House . I met Hassan’s brother Abdul Raheem Sharif who founded the Flying House for contemporary Emirati artists. Back then I remember the Sharif’s doorsteps and sections of ground floors were replaced with transparent boxes encasing colourful daily objects ‘intervened’ in some way.
A huge retrospective for Hassan Sharif at the Sharjah Arts Foundation pays tribute to a pioneering experimental artist showing his diverse practice in seven different ‘Chapters’ from the 1970’s to his untimely demise in 2016 .
I lived in Dubai a long time ago. Before I left people were talking and preparing plans for this museum in the neighbouring Emirate of Abu Dhabi.