Writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) once said “I put my talent into my work and my genius into my life”. I packed my bag for Ordos, Inner Mongolia to join a new group of artists for the exhibition Paper. Supreme. ( click here for previous post on this exhibition) Together we travelled and explored grasslands and deserts, making observations and getting to know each other. This post will show the highlight photos of the various tours and visits we made.
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.
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.
《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.
A collection of my work on display at Wanliu Property showrooms in Beijing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A huge thank you to the people of Beijing TV Youth Channel (北京客-BTV 青年）especially the people working on ‘Beijing Guest’ Presenters Zhu Yingyi and Sima and Director Che . To fellow participating artist Geng Xin , to Yuan Qiu Lai of Dong Yue Art Museum. A big thank you also to the Embassy of Ireland in China, to Ambassador Paul Kavanagh who speaks on the programme and also to his wife Rosemary Kavanagh. Below is the link to the…
Recent exhibition “Infinite Entities – Life and Nature” with Hangzhou artist Gengxin and myself has been highlighted in a chat show called Beijing Guest on BTV. It is due to be aired this Friday 14th April at 20.30 on the BTV youth channel if you are in China .