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
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
October was a busy month working on a challenging sculpture project with 18 impressive artists in Wudi, Shandong. This post will look at my work for this project.
Lets talk about it, Niamh Cunningham , 50x 230 x300 cm , 150 x 190 x300cm. Steel, Concrete, Steel Alloy.
There are 10 international galleries showing at art:gwangju:17 at the Kim Dae Jung convention centre. I will look at two of these the Nancy Toomey Fine Art (San Francisco) and the Leyden Gallery (London).
Leyden Gallery Nancy Nancy Toomey Gallery
12.11.15, monoprint Niamh Cunningham 70 x70 cm
This series of paper works are a contemplation on process, chance and reclamation. For this series I can act as fluidly and quickly as surface tension allows creating the movement of colour captured on the xuan zhi paper. Although traditional Chinese materials are being used it is very different to the traditional brush work on paper .
Some of the works here are revisits from works on canvas, some are of intended works that have yet to reach the canvas. And others are organic abstractions of life, evolving into cellular microcosms or botanical forms.
Traditionally blooms that are most favoured in China are the peony (an emblem of wealth and honor) and the plum blossom because it symbolizes the five blessings (Fu). But what of the China Rose?
China Rose Tunnel 164 x 110cm Oil on Canvas
Here is a short clip installing the ” Pillar of Time” at Dong Yue Art Museum August 2014. Many thanks to the team at CCTV – My China, a documentary which was filmed during the preparations for the solo show “An Eastward Calling”
I made “Pillar of Time” several years ago for an IRISH WAVE 2012 exhibition called ” Intimate Revolution” . While travelling on long journeys by bus I would often take the beginning sections of this work to knit. Often there would be a woman next to me striking up a conversation ‘Are you making a sweater? ‘ No I would reply. ‘Are you making a scarf?’ No I would answer ‘ I’m making a pillar’. Inevitably the conversation would dwindle down to a polite but confused silence……. another conversation lost in translation.