This blog takes a look at my work currently showing at Geely College exhibition ‘Map and Territory’. The works are diverse but play a role in the exhibitions conversation. Here we will see the Hair Lock, The Statesman, The Sucroses and When I was 11.
Map and Territory is a cross disciplinary project exploring the subject and its many aspects via theatre , multimedia visual art and panel discussions. It was officially opened at Beijing Geely College Library on Nov 20th , initiated by the IRCCA (International Research Center for Contemporary Art). A huge thank you to curators Li Xinmo and Roland Von Der Emden for a stellar project and also to Geely College for hosting and supporting the project. The president of the college Huo Wei Dong officiated the event.
The speeches were followed by a performance by students who had taken a theatre workshop the previous 10 days with visiting theatre director Cao Kefei who is living in Berlin and Beijing.
This post (as with many of my blogs on group projects) will take a look at artist intention behind the works. Of course this is not the only way to interpret a work but it can be understood as a reason for the work being made. This aspect is often excluded in most art media today and this is my way in addressing this gap. There are so many interesting things happening in this project. Let’s take a look .
What the Artists Say
After looking carefully at some high res images I believe that crystalisation is not necessarily pushing the ink, the ink in some cases is pushing the sugar , at least in the early stages of the sucrose series
2018.03.21 Niamh Cunningham ‘Bright Stick Trapped’ sucrose mixed media, 40 cm diam
The final exhibition for the project On Paper. Supreme 2018 has arrived in Songzhuang at the Guangju Museum of Art in the Beijing Creative Centre (see last post). It is a good time to review the changes in crystalisation for the Sucrose artworks in this project which have occurred at different rates for different layers of media.
This process related art series documents the most interesting stages so collectors can have the photographic work of two or three stages to accompany the original artwork.
Let’s begin with Bright Stick Trapped … many of the titles of work here come from one of my favourite nature poets Patrick Kavanagh from his poem Canal Bank Walk. (Seamus Heaney also loved Kavanagh for his nature poetry)
This work had minimal crystalistation , even though interesting things are happening with the ink layer, certain colours are lifted out of the original blur with patches of greens and browns more easily defined after all these months.
But even more exciting things are happening….
The final exhibition for this years project opened Friday Nov 16th at the Beijing Creative Centre affiliated with Gwangju Art Museum in Songzhuang. Curator Chang Feng listed the previous cities of QIngDao, Shenyang and Ordos where the project had toured earlier in the year.
Museum director Park Woon Fai welcomed the visitors and guests. Sincere thanks to Jack Mc Cormack cultural attache for the Embassy of Ireland who also spoke as there are three Irish artists in this particular project this year. A huge thank you to curator Chang Feng , Park Woon Kai and also Mr Zhou for hosting the exhibition for the Beijing part of the project.
Participating artists include:
Aimee Lee, Pyo Inbu, Ryota Shiibashi, Fion Gunn, Kim Namo/Jin Nanwu, Li Hongbo, Maribel Portela, Qin Jian, Xin Song, Wang Wei, 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
Here is a look at some of the works and a few words from the artists
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 .
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
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.
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.
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
Li Jianrong, Liang Lingjuan, Liang Xi, Liang Xiao, Liu Chuanbao, Qu Baolai, Xue Bo, Wei Ming, Wu Yizhen, You Liangcheng, Zheng Ri
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 onJunel 17th.