A slice of life at art:gwangju:17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).

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Paper : Supreme, the Ordos Exhibition

Paper : Supreme is currently showing at the Ordos Culture and Arts Centre, Inner Mongolia. The exhibition continues to September 28th 2017.

Having long been the medium that carried and spread ancient traditional culture , paper is also used in Chinese language as an adjective about life ‘Life like paper’ is used as a rather melancholic term to refer to the ups and downs of existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Compared to other media, art on paper tends to be more direct , it is both concise and immediate. Paper also permeates a national identity .’said curator Chang Feng (长风). ‘On the other hand paper has this interesting randomness, a non-functionality and incompleteness which opens up a huge conversation’ 

 

 

Gratitude  is also extended to Mr Xièbǎozhōng (谢宝忠) of KinYinBa who supported and hosted the exhibition. Thank you also to Mr He(贺) for facilitating the details of this project. This is an exhibition that explores all dimensions of paper and some unexpected facets of the material . For a quick overview of a portion of this collection  I will present what the artists themselves say about their work.

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Exhibition at Wuxi Opera House

A recent cultural trip to Wuxi  for activities on China New Folk Art brought some of my monotypes on rice paper to the impressive venue of Wuxi Opera House.  Eight gigantic roof wings extend over the facade giving the structure a butterfly appearance. 

The event held various cultural activities such as visits to the famous LingShang  Grand Buddha monastery, seminars and local music performances at the Wuxi Opera house where I was invited to participate with a pop up exhibition. It is always fun to encounter people with an exhibition when they are not expecting one.   

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Upcoming exhibition at Wuxi Opera House 无锡发布会

本周五28日,我将去无锡参加“中华新民艺·时尚生活周”发布会。本次活动在江苏省无锡市举办,有多种艺术形式参展。我的参展作品采用了传统中国画颜料用宣纸绘制。更多信息敬请期待更新。

 

《难忘凤凰行》The Feng Huang walk 70x 70cm 2017  瑞莲 Niamh Cunningham

I will be showing a number of my monotypes as part of a special International cultural exchange event at Wuxi Opera house , opening on Friday 28th July . This event celebrates various forms  of Chinese Folk culture of Wuxi Jiangsu.  I will be showing my artworks made from Chinese colour on Chinese traditional Xuan Zhi (rice paper)  . More information to follow. 

 

Catalogues going to Asia Art Archive Library

As  marker of amazing cross cultural collaborative projects over recent years I have just mailed these catalogues to the Asia Art Archive library in Hong Kong. I was co curator on these projects. They are already in the library archive of National College of Art and Design Dublin Ireland and Limerick LSAD. If you know of any good archive collections for exhibitions in China I would be really grateful if you let me know , you can contact me at  niamh@niamhcunningham.com  

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Walkabout Town: Peter Doig, Fu Xiao Tong and Li Tingting finishing with Earth Day at the Hutong

It was a perfect weather day on Saturday April 22nd and began the day with a trip to 798 . I have been waiting for a Doig show here in Beijing for a while, it finally arrived. I couldn’t make the opening as my own show in Dong Yue was opening the following day. Two weeks later I finally make it to Faurschou Foundation. ‘Cabins and Canoes’ didn’t disappoint. 

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New Infusions of Life into Nature written by Claire Cuccio

Scholar, author and curator Claire Cuccio  gives her unique insight for the upcoming exhibition “Infinite Entities” at Dong Yue Art Museum

 

 

Guilin Path 《桂林田间路》Niamh Cunningham 70x70cm

Niamh Cunningham’s first sojourn from the green and blue horizons of her native Ireland took her to the striking seasonal shifts of bright cityscapes and deep-colored forests of Prague and the desert yellows and aquatic blues of Dubai. She is now long settled in the lands of China. From her home in Beijing’s metropolis to the interior of Wuling to Guilin, Cunningham has encountered China’s own palette of colours as well as its distinct vistas and close-ups in which to contemplate the glories of the natural world.

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Interrogating Histories – Intimate Transgressions in Taipei

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This scene was raised by more than a few visitors to the exhibition….. the change of guards at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall marching in ceremonial uniform past an exhibition dealing with sexual violence during times of war .

 

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In the background is Song Xin’s “Adam and Eve Updated” a collage of historical images relating to the issues surrounding comfort women.

 

The exhibition in Taipei was the fourth rendition (previously shown in New York, Beijing and Hangzhou) with the project evolving and growing with each destination.

 

The Taipei local curator Leon Tsai introduced local artists and collaborated with international curator Fion Gunn for the project.

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