As with all other aspects of global life, China has a greater impact today than it did 30 years ago. But Chinese artists, especially the women, are still an unknown quantity. Luise Guest tries to tackle this shortfall in knowledge with an intriguing and well-presented look in her book, Half the Sky. At 224 illustrated pages the book highlights the work, sometimes bizarre, always thought-provoking, of the gender in China that Mao claimed held up half the sky. Anyone who has visited China know they do more than that and the 32 artists featured in the book keep the sky from falling in ways you can barely imagine.
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
Birth of a Nation, IRISH WAVE 2016
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.
IRISH WAVE 2016 “Birth of a Nation” Exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai as part of the Irish Festival in China this March.
This post will take an overview of “Identity” exhibited at the Emerging Arts Research Centre (EARC) in 798, Beijing and a brief look at a few individual works.
It has been to New York, it has been to Beijing, now the exhibition “Intimate Transgressions ” is showing in the impressive new Hangzhou Library until April 16th 2016.
This collaborative work with Fion Gunn has taken several months in the planning. Having worked with Fion for years preparing, installing and deinstalling group shows in China this was an exciting project to finally make an artwork together. The work is called “Inside Out” and on first glance is presented as a bed.
Here is a quick look at IRISH WAVE Exhibitions showing this weekend in 798
Exhibition 12 March – 9 April 2016
BIRTH OF A NATION @ 798 at NING SPACE – Formal opening: 5:30-7:30pm 15 March
Collectors Talk: 2:00 – 4:00pm 12 March (please request invitation)
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Address: 706 North 1st Street, No.2 Jiu Xian Qiao Road, 798 Art District, Beijing
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun 10:00am – 6:00pm Exhibition runs from 12 – 20 March
IDENTITY @ 798 at Emerging Arts Research Center – Formal opening: 4-6:00pm 13 March
Followed by an informal artist’s talk & guided tour
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Address: 300m walk inside Gate No.2, 798 factory, Jiu Xian Qiao Road, 798 Art District, Beijing
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun 10:00am – 6:00pm Exhibition runs from 12 – 16 March
STRUGGLE @ Sanwei Art Center – Formal Opening: 5.30 – 7:30pm 19 March
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Address: 68 Xinqiao Road, Shanghai
Opening hours Tues-Sun 10:00am – 6:00pm
Exhibition runs from 19 March – 9 April
March 8th celebrated International Women’s day with an exhibition in the ancient city of Xi’an.
Some of my chrome portraits are showing at this exhibition which runs in Xi’an from March 8th to March 22. You can see them in the photo here in the distance pink and red canvas to the left of the black panel.
The impressive venue Dahua 1935 in Xi’an used to be an old textile mill and the current show reiterates many textile references by the dispersal of the suspended banners .
Tony , 2010, 50 x50cm oil on canvas
Participating artists included ;
Hu Ling, Liu Xiaoshu, Wang Hui, Wang Xiaoshuang, Xiong Lijun, Zhu Keran, Choi-Rye, Denise Keele-bedford, Niamh Cunningham, Xiao Lu, Liu Jingyi, Qian Rongrong, Uchercie Tang，Xiang chengmei , Ai Yun, Racelar Ho, Elaine .Y. Yin, Yayoi Kusama
Curated by Ma Yiying, Hai Yin and Racelar