Identity 1 of 3 IRISH WAVE exhibitions in China

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.
* Fion Gunn gives guided tour at EARC

Fion Gunn takes the public on a guided tour with  co ordinator Glassia Lu translating

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS FOR IRISH WAVE 2016’S THREE EXHIBITIONS:
Ursula Burke (NI), Sean Campbell (NI), Pam Carroll (UK), Chuan San (China), Chen Meitsen (Taiwan), Chu You Ye (China),Tom Climent (Ireland), Joan Coen (Ireland), Elizabeth Cope (Ireland), Niamh Cunningham (Ireland/China), Raphael Fenton-Spaid (USA) Sara Fox (NI), Fu Xiaotong (China), Gao Yuan (Taiwan), Anita Glesta (Australia), Guan Wei (Australia/China), Gulistan (China), Fion Gunn (Ireland/UK), Han Qi (China), Pamela  Hardesty (Ireland), Annette Hennessey (Ireland/NI), Ashley Holmes (NI), Patty Hudak (USA/Ireland), Dorothy Hunter (NI) Jia You Guang  (China), Monika Lin (USA/China), Meng Liping (China), Michael Lisle-Taylor (UK), Liu Xu(China) , Liu Junli(China, Liu Yi Chao(China), Lizhen (China), Luo Ying (China), Dara McGrath (Ireland), Mary Mackey (Ireland), Audrey Mullins (Ireland/UK), Suzy O’Mullane (Ireland), Pan Yiqun (China), REDIC (USA/China), Gail Ritchie (NI), Shao Kang (China), Sridhar Ramasami (USA/China), Jennifer Trouton (NI), David Turner (NI), Tina Whelan (Ireland), Wang Ning (China),  Wu Jian (China), Wu Jun (China), Wu Wei (China), Wu Yan Xi (China), Yan Feng (China), Yu Ajun (China),  Zhang Xin (China), Zhu Weibin (China)

 

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“Identity” artists with Ambassador Paul Kavanagh , standing next to him is  EARC director Ji Shou Ye and Zhuang Yun Yun next to  videographer Patrick Ketch who documented this year’s shows.

 

 

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In keeping with the philosophical approach of ‘Birth of a Nation’, ‘Identity’ also explores issues around how we define ourselves, personally, socially, culturally and politically. When does pride in one’s own identity become a way of dismissing others and what do we choose our identities to constitute. Identity can also be about negatives, about what we are not.

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‘In Between’ by Patty Hudak, ‘Snow White and the Dwarves’ by Luo Ying and ‘homestead’ by Jennifer Trouton Golden Fleece award winner Jennifer Troutons fine sepia ink drawings of her abandoned old homesteads on her family farm land with the backdrop of the industrial towns in the US where those relatives left to build a new life.

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Exploring cultural identity my monoprints of 2 Irish dancers and 2 of choreographer Yang Liping who has successfully celebrated various aspects of ethinic minority cultures in her artform.

The monochrome pyramid canvas sky is ‘ Passing Clouds’ by Wu Jian, on the next wall is Vat of Yellow Liquid by Suzy O Mullane. More of Suzy O Mullanes portraits can be seen in the top image.

Mary Mackey’s works of women’s personal items from a generation or two earlier are haunting in the familiarity and closeness of shared memory.

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The traditional peacock dance is also echoed in another work but this time a collaborative work with artist Chuan San and myself . This work “Dai zu ID” explores the cultural elements of ethnic minority Dai Zu and the opening door festival, the closing door festival and the water splashing festival set in a QR code design, alas it could not be scanned by phone, but perhaps the next one we make can.

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In the front room is ‘Memory of a portrait’ by Xinjiang artist Gulistan, ‘Wide World’ by Fion Gunn and Map 2 by Yang Feng. Also in the front room were a series of coastline maps on paper by Gail Ritchie “WaterwaysTriptych” referencing the boats and harbours her father served in.

Fion Gunn, The Wide World , 2015, painting, collage, 29x21 cm

 

Gunn’s The Wide World, features “a positive way of embracing life, rich or poor east or west , north or south, our children are the children of us all and we can ignore this at our peril and at our loss”

 

 

Chen Meitsen, “Surviving the Ruins – Dresden” and next to Meitsen’s work is Platform by Lui Yi Chao.

 

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Joan Coen draws us into seriality of ‘Sabbath’ this showing is 24 small canvasses of an original several hundred mulitiples of the same vase which has taken on a figure shape. The process relates to the artist identity in finding freedom in repetition and variation denying the possibility of editing and refining the individual works. ‘So Young’ by Meng LiPing explores some of the youth identity of a painful recent history. ( incidentally the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the cultural revolution is May 16th 2016)

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Gao Yuans, Moon series of Mother and Child reflecting the Madonna and child subject on a different continent, these women are all migrant workers who have come in from the countryside.

Ambassador looks at Liu Xu's work

 

 

 

Ambassador Kavanagh looks at Liu Xu’s work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wu Yanxi spent the early part of her career conducting narratives through her “potato people”. She said they were the perfect vehicle , ” they are straight forward uncomplicated characters that can narrate more complex stories”. Once she told me about these earlier works I needed to see these works by a Chinese artist obsessed with this theme. This work is titled “Fly with the birds” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* with Gail Ritchie, Suzy O Mullane meets Luo Ying

 

Next to Gail Ritchie , Suzy O Mullane exchanges contacts with Luo Ying.

 

 

 

 

Curated by: Fion Gunn, Gail Ritchie, Niamh Cunningham, assistant curators Patrick Ketch and Steve Chen, and Chinese Co ordinator Glassia Lu in collaboration with Zhuang Yun Yun and Mr Ji Shou Ye of Emerging Arts Research Centre (EARC) 798.

 

P1190349A big thank you to Zhuang Yun Yun and Mr Ji Shou Ye of Emerging Arts Research Centre , to the Embassy of Ireland in Beijing- Ambassador Paul Kavanagh, Rosemary Kavanagh, cultural attache John Lynam ,  Culture Ireland , British Council Northern Ireland , Arts Council Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Bureau.

Stay tuned for the upcoming post on the centrepiece exhibition ” Birth of a Nation” held in NING SPACE. 798 this March.

To see more images please click on

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EARC gallery link to the exhibition

Niamh Cunningham- Bio 。。。个人简介-倪芙瑞莲
Link to newspaper coverage -Carlow Nationalist (click on image)

In Her Eyes, F&E 100x100cm acrylic on canvas, 倪芙瑞莲Niamh Cunningham 2019

Recent ‘China-Ireland’ exhibition Shanghai Nov 29th 2019

China Ireland exhibition at MUSEu&m, Shanghai , opening Nov 29th

Current Sculpture project HongFangzi ShaWan Sichuan
‘Whirls in the Old’ in New York at the exhibition ‘1919’

1919-Whirls in the Old Terezin acrylic on canvas 30x30cm Niamh Cunningham 2019

Gobi Heaven Art Festival August 2019

Participating in the International Artists program for this exciting event in the Gobi Dessert

Group Exhibition , Hamilton Gallery , Sligo, Ireland
Granary Art exhibition SiShui Shandong June 2019

Granary Art Exhibition SiSHui , Shangdong June 2019 click on image

Swim Duck Video …30 sec clip of original work recently shown at Bloomsday event at Embassy of Ireland Niamh Cunningham 2019
clip from Swim Duck video Niamh Cunningham 2019

Clip from 'Swim Duck' Video by Niamh Cunningham 2019

Group exhibition in Sishui, Shangdong 正在展出

Granary Art Museum , Sishui, Jining , Shandong

April /May 2019 in Budapest 近期展出匈牙利

Currently showing in Budapest Aprli- May 2019

Wandering Rocks series of portraits 游岩系列
Talk on James Joyce at Bookworm with prof Fu Hao 乔伊斯座谈会
Aritst Talk on James Joyce at Beijing Bookworm

Talk on James Joyce at Bookwork Beijing April 2019

RTE interview on preparing for upcoming group exhibition 2 min clip
Web Of Fabulous Grass – Sucrose Series Click on image for Artist Profile English &简体中文
Artist talk at Beijing Geely College Dec 11th 2018
Map and Territory project Nov -Dec 2018 at Beijing Geely University
Map and Territory

Map and Territory

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2019年11月”中国 爱尔兰  MUSEu&m , 上海

 

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*2019年7月”1919″ 爱尔兰  Sligo -Hamilton Gallery  

*2019年5月“胜日寻芳“ 山东济宁市泗水等闲谷艺术粮仓美术馆

*2019年4月-5月在匈牙利首都布达佩斯

*2019年4月”奥德赛——回归”群展2019年4月13日在东岳美术馆开幕。

*2018年11月-12月“地图与疆域”国际艺术邀请展 北京吉利学院

*2018年11月-12月“纸上·至上”展览,韩国光州市立美术馆北京创作中心

*2018, 10月中欧国当代艺术全球巡展·上海

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2018, 6月-11月诗人叶芝日,爱尔兰,斯莱戈(SLIGO),汉密尔顿艺术画廊

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*2018 , 6月30日 济南“国际抽象艺术展”

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*2018 , 5月20 日存在-国际女性艺术展,湖南长沙,

*2018 , 4月21 日延缓的时间,4月21日-29日,红门画廊,798艺术区

*2018 , 4月20 日 挖掘,,和画廊,来鹏高尔夫俱乐部

*2018年4月-12日 挖掘, , 展览,悦美术馆,北京798艺术区

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Upcoming Exhibitions

* Sculpture project in HongFangzu , Shawan, Sichuan , begining phase Nov 2019

Current Exhibition

*China Ireland exhibition at MUSEU&m, near the Bund , Shanghai, Nov 29th 2019

*1919 – Group Exhibition (Hamilton Gallery) in New York, Irish Consulate

*1919 – Group Exhibition Hamilton Gallery , Sligo , Ireland July – September

Recent  exhibitions:

*Gobi Heaven Art Festival , Inner Mongolia , August 2019

*A piece of Cotton Paper  9th floor gallery Songzhuang June 15th

*”Winning the Day ‘ Granary Art Centre,  SiShui , Shandong, May – June 2019

*Beyond the form of Art , Wick Art Centre , Budapest, Hungary may 2019

*Odyssey The Return ; group exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing  in April

Map and Territory Art IRRCA at Beijing Geely College Nov 20- Dec 20 2018

*Thousands of Sprouts, an experimental online exhibition – by Elizabeth Ross  Nov 2018

* On Paper Supreme, Gwangju Art Museum Beijing Creative Centre Songzhuang Nov- Dec 2018

*China Europe Internaitional Contemporary Art Global Tour Shanghai Oct 2018

*An Irish Airman foresees his Death – Hamilton Gallery Sligo, Ireland June – Nov 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Extension Space, Shenyang, Liaoning,  Sept 16th – Oct 21st  2018

*Artist Nomination Exhibition, Huaiyin art gallery, Huai ‘an shi, Jiangsu, July-Aug 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Ordos Culture and Art Centre , Inner Mongolia , Aug 17th – Sept 10th  2018

*International Abstract Art , ChungChuen College, Jinan, July 2018

* On Paper Supreme, QingDao , Tiantai Art Centre, June 2018

* Existence , International Feminist Art Exhibition,  Mezzi Bookstore Art Space , Changsha

* Excavations 20 April-4th June  He Gallery, Golf Club.

*’Mortgaged Time’ 21st- 29th April at Red Gate Gallery , 798 Beijing  April 21st

*’Excavations’ 12-18th Enjoy Museum 798,  Beijing   preview 5 pm 12th April

* 5 week residency at Guanlan Printmaking base , Shenzhen (Feb-March 2018)

*Lunar New Year theme exhibition “Red Fruit” showing at Raycom IT centre, Zhongguancun,  28th Jan continues to March 3rd, organised by RoveArt , supporting the Female Protection Fund.

*Chinese & Foreign Visual Arts Hunan,  at the Meixi Academy Book Complex, Changsha Dec 26th to Jan 26th 2018.

* ‘Beyond Time’  Raycom IT Centre, Zhongguangcun, Beijing Dec – Jan 27th  2018

*”Qualitative Phase and The Narrative” Beijing Film Academy Triennial Exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing, curated by Li Zhen till Dec 18th 2017…………………………………………….

 

-.On Paper Supreme made its final exhibition for 2018 in Beijing Songzhuang opening Nov 16th
Group exhibition Hamilton Gallery, Sligo Ireland,
Hamilton Gallery Sligo - Lonely Impulse 2

A response to WB Yeats poem 'An Irish Airman Foresees his Death'

Group show Oct 27th Shanghai Bund 27 The House of Roosevelt House , the Bund Shanghai
Recent ‘At your Leisure’ Summer exhibition Jiangsu “悠游“——淮阴艺术馆
exhibited in Jinan curated by Ma Yi Ying
With curator Guo Zhen at the opening of Existence in Changsha , exhibition continues till end of July 2018

和策展人郭桢在开幕式《存在》

简体中文Artist Interview & Profile for the Art Project ‘Existence’
Group exhibition at Red Gate in April 2018 focussing on antiwar poet Ingeborg Bachmann
Niamh Cunningham 'Bachmann Girl' 2017

Artwork for poster is 'Bachmann Girl' 100x100cm Acrylic on Canvas by Niamh Cunningham 2017

Excavations showing at Enjoy Museum 798 April 2018

Excavations , a cross collaborative exhibition showing contemporary art by Chinese and Irish artists , showing in Enjoy Museum, 798 , 2018.4.12

Very honoured to have Irish Ambassador Eoin O’ Leary visit Chinese New Year exhibition “Red & Fruit”

Irish Ambassador Eoin O'Leary with subway paintings at Raycom Centre exhibition Feb 2018

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