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.  

This exhibition curated by Ma Yiying opens up a dialogue and considers where the abstract form is positioned within a global context. The exhibition is held in the beautiful garden grounds of Yongquan, Jinan. The two week event is a response to earlier exhibitions held in the US (April 2018) one in the United Nations in NYC and the other in Michigan.  Of course it would be difficult not to notice the big international masters names Joseph Beuys, Antoni Tàpies and CY Twombly and others alongside renowned Chinese abstract artists whom I had the pleasure to meet in Jinan such as Deng Guoyuan, Wang Yigang, Meng Luding, Gu Liming, Yuan Hailong, and Liu Yingqing .

Participitaing Artists:

Joseph Beuys(Germany), Antoni Tàpies(Spain), Cy Twombly(USA), Girar Bourriau(France), Niamh Cunningham(Ireland), Carl Janes(USA), 邓国源Deng Guoyuan, 马路Ma Lu, 谭平Tan Ping, 王易罡Wang Yigang, 孟禄丁Meng Luding, 顾黎明Gu Liming, 袁海龙Yuan Hailong, 刘影青Liu Yingqing

Considering I am unable to speak to the great masters from “the other side “ I have found some relevant quotes on line for Beuys, Twombly and Taipes  which  I hope match their work in this exhibition.

 

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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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Hair Skull & Pillar of Time, currently showing Changsha

 

When I was young I remember hearing the first tangible reference to feminism, my mother told me “your great grandparents were feminists” They divided the  farm equally between their three children: one son and two daughters. This was a very unusual in conservative rural Ireland in 1930’s. And so my first understanding of the term was equal resources. 

 

‘Existence – An International Feminist Art Exhibition’ opened on May 20th curated by Zhen Guo.  A huge thank you to some other wonderful women,  Zhang Haixia (chairperson of Bu Gao group) for supporting this landmark exhibition ,  to Wu Xiaobin (head of culture and art BBK Group). The opening coincided with a launch of another BBK project which is local art program for female artists called Cloud Water(Yun Shui project) . Also would like to thank the people of Mezzi book complex especially local curator Peng JunYao and manager Yang li Hui for all your help during installation and to translator ZhangShen for his help during the forum.  

The afternoon began with a forum discussing the expansive subject  ‘Feminist Art: Present and Future’ with curator Zhen Guo moderating Wu Xiaobin manager of culture BBK group,with other panel members artists Franziska Greber, Li Xinmo, and myself, and supporting academicians Tsao Xingyuan, Guo Yaxi and Ai Leier. 

 

This post will look at my works: the Hair Skull and the Pillar of Time which is exhibiting in this venue .

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Upcoming Exhibition in Changsha, Hunan, Existence

Very excited to be part of this exciting upcoming exhibition  curated by Guo Zhen opening on May 20th in Changsha.

 

 

Participating Artists :

Laetitia Deschmps (France)

Franziska Greber (Switzerland)

Guo Zhen(USA)

Li Xinmo (China)

Gao Yuan (Taipei)

Hayoon Jay Lee (Korea)

Li Linlin (China)

Liu Hung (United States)

Monika Lin (United States)

Denise Keele (Australia) )

Tang Tian (China)

Wang Baoju (China) 

Yan Yinhong (China) 

Zhang Qiongfei (China)

Radka Hrabovska (Slovakia),

Niamh Cunningham (Ireland)

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Age of Exploration- Fion Gunn

Fion Gunn, Age of Exploration no2, 2017 76x76cm, canvas, acrylic, collage 探索时代 2号,2017年76x76cm厘米帆布,丙烯酸漆,拼贴画 Age of Exploration offers scintillating perspectives on seafaring travel , reflecting on global resettlement from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The solo exhibition by Fion Gunn continues at He Gallery Laipeng Golf space until June 3rd.  Continue reading

Excavations at He Gallery, Laipeng Golf Space

 

Excavations is currently showing at the He Gallery Laipeng Golf Art space until June 3rd 2018 .

 

This rendition of Excavations opened on Sunday 22nd April and I would like to thank Gallery manager Liu Meijun, Mr Zhou Chen of Chen Gallery, Mr Huang Zhongjin of Laipeng golf grounds. Many thanks to curators Jia Jingjing and Liu Meijun for all their hard work. Sincere thanks to deputy Head of Mission Tim Harrington who came to officiate the opening along with cultural attaché Aoife Fleming of the Embassy of Ireland. Thank you to Dublin City Council for sponsoring this project celebrating the twinning programme between Dublin and Beijing . 

The opening was very special as five of the six participating artists were present : Fion Gunn, Gulistan, Monika Lin arrived from Shanghai and Lee Sheungha came from Korea and myself. Sadly Audrey Mullins could not be present .

 

 

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Mortgaged Time – the Artworks

NIAMH CUNNINGHAM/瑞莲, Bachmann Girl 巴赫曼姑娘, 2017, Acrylic on canvas 布面丙烯, 100 x 100 cm

 

Anti War Poet Ingeborg Bachman spent her life’s work often using death as a motif, reflecting on the hidden forces of violence and oppression in society. She was appalled and yet fascinated by the fact that crimes against humanity were being committed on such a large scale even outside the boundaries of war.

The Aryan poet came to despise her father (a bona fide fascist) and began to identify with the Nazi Jewish victims.  Bachmann witnessed the Nazi troops march through her town when she was 12 years old of which she wrote “the pain came too early and was perhaps stronger than anything since … the monstrous brutality , the yelling, singing and marching, the first deathly anxiety attack .” The portrait above is based on a photograph of the poet as a young girl.

 

Li Xinmo and Amy Grubbs performing at The Red Gate Gallery Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Mortgaged Time is an international group exhibition at the Red Gate Gallery in 798 , Beijing. The artworks and performances pay homage to the post WWII poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan.

The exhibition is curated by Raimund Rosarius who is also a theatre director and the project is produced by Susanne Matz. It was these two stellar people who conceived the project. Huge thanks also to Brian Wallace and the wonderful Red Gate team including Feibi, Hongmei and Han Chunhai for hosting this special dialogue and also to the Austrian embassy for their support of the project.

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