Saturday, 13 October 2012

White Cube and Galerie Perrotin

Last week, escaping from the boring process of looking for jobs, I went to White Cube and Galerie Perrotin located in 50 Connaught Road to see their latest exhibitions. White Cube chose Hong Kong as a place to open their first gallery in Asia. I haven't been to their space in London, so I am curious about how their space in Hong Kong looks like. They are now showing Cerith Wyn Evans's "Grace to be born and live as variously as possible...". I love the title of the show. It provides much room for imagination. But the artworks are not really provoking.

'Grace to be born and live as variously as possible...', White Cube Hong Kong - Cerith Wyn Evans - 28 September - 17 November 2012 - 55453
    © White Cube

The reason that I went to Galerie Perrotin was because of JR. He finally brought Inside Out Project to Hong Kong. 16 large-scale black and white portraits are visible from the gallery which on the 17th floor of 50 Connaught Road. JR also set up a photo booth inside the gallery. Visitors can make their own portraits and get printed posters afterwards. He believes that art can make changes to the society. I think this is why art needs to exist. 

   © Galerie Perrotin

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Friday, 5 October 2012

Back to Hong Kong

After one-year study in Birmingham and 20-day travel to Europe, I am now back to Hong Kong. Everything seems strange and unfamiliar. I have used to live independently overseas, it's hard to readjust my mental state in Hong Kong. But anyway, before I can get away from my current situation, my first priority is to find a job. I saw a post by artist Simon Birch that Future Industries is looking for an intern. They focus on developing projects with both emerging and established artists. I saw some of their great exhibitions before like Hope & Glory, Laughing With a Mouth Full of Blood and Tribe of Many Colors. Really hope that I can join their team.

                                     © Daydreaming with...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Some great galleries in Berlin, Part 2

These few days, I went to several galleries too. Here are three more that I recommend.

1. Hamburger Bahnhof

For me, Hamburger Bahnhof is a quite special gallery. The building used to be a train station. It was then transformed into a public gallery, but you can still see they keep some part of the structure, for example, the station signage and the storage. I love their display design and the way that they put contemporary elements into the historical building. Among the few current exhibitions they are showcasing, I like Architektonika 2 and Ingeborg Luscher's The Other Side. Architektonika 2 presents sculptural and photographic works on architecture, whereas Bruce Nauman's site-specific installation impressed me most. Ingeborg Luscher's work is adjacent to Hans Peter Fieldmann's The Dead, which you can find a strong link between each other.  

2. Helmut Newton Foundation

© Helmut Newton Foundation

I like Helmut Newton's photographs. It is a must-go place for his fans. Apart from the current exhibition, you can also see the private property owned by him and his wife, June Newton. Helmut Newton is regarded as a fashion photographer, but for me, he is more like a women-portrait photographer, as most of the photographs are shooting women. No matter they are dressed, half-naked or naked, you can see his photography is full of aesthetic and are evergreen.  

3. KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Not like other galleries in Berlin having their own collection, KW mainly showcased works by new artists. Their current exhibition is by Egyptian artist Wael Shawky including video works and installation. You can feel a strong cultural background through the works. It is really provocative. You can also see an astonishing cabinet of puppets which he used for shooting in one of the films.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Some great galleries in Berlin, Part 1

Wherever I travel to, I use to go to their art galleries, especially when I heard of there are some good galleries in Berlin. I have visited several galleries and museums so far, and here are some galleries that I recommend going.

1. Deutsche Guggenheim

                                          © Deutsche Bank 

A cooperation between Deutsche Bank and Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Although the gallery is quite small, the exhibition is still worth seeing. They are now showing a collection of left-behind by Gabriel Orozco. The artist photographed around 1200 objects and displayed them in the gallery alongside with photographs. You can see how the artist see the world and the trivial things around us. 

2. Berlinische Galerie

                                          © Berlinlist

Their permanent exhibition didn't impress me much but I did love their temporary exhibition  One is Forst by Michael Sailstorfer, he transformed the space into an upside-down forest. The trees keep rotating under a motor and the leaves and branches constantly fall on the floor. It can refer to how technology can damage the natural environment. The other one is films by Guy Ben-Ner, the one that I saw called Berkeley’s Island. In the film, he built an small island inside the kitchen at his home. He uses a humorous way to tell you a personal story. You can feel something between fiction and reality, sometimes it can be blurred. 

3. Galerienhaus

Galerienhaus is a place where you can find more than 10 galleries. I discovered the buildings when I was on the way to Berlinische Galerie. It is a little bit similar to Jockey Club Creative Art Centre and Art East Island in Hong Kong. It is a pleasant place to see art, most of the galleries are quite commercial, but it's still a good place to see for first-timer.


Monday, 17 September 2012


Foam is a photography gallery located in Central Amsterdam. They are now showing new works from Alex Prager, a talented American photographer. I remembered years I came across with her work, it was a film called Despair. She used sharp color with a strong contrast effect. It made me think of Hitchcock's movie. In the show, you will see each photograph depicting an incident accompanying with another small photographs showing an eye from a witnesses of the incident. It questioned you what is the meaning of seeing in postmodern world? How do we deal with visual images? Jorg Colberg wrote on the catalogue, as viewers, we are turned into children in a visual candy store. We know we shouldn't, but we must indulge.   

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Topsy Turvy and FATFORM

Today, I went to see art from De Appel Arts Centre and Fatform Festival. Topsy Turvy is the opening exhibition in De Appel's new premises. It is based on the idea of European Carnival, which temporarily turns the world upside-down. The curator invites us to see the world and things in a topsy-turvy way. After I saw the show, I didn't really caught up the linkage between carnival and seeing things differently. Some of the artworks are too conceptual while some of them are too obvious. I love the inner-design of the building but the exhibition did let me down a little bit.

But I found a surprise in their restaurant, MOES- fresh food, cosy environment and nice staffs. Chairs, tables and wooden ceiling were made of re-used materials. I tried a bread with roasted vegetables and feta cheese. Taste very delicious! 

I discovered FATFORM Festival from TimeOut Amsterdam. It's an art project exhibiting arts in an experimental way. It takes place in a parking garage showcasing 55 contemporary Dutch artists, while at the meantime filling with music, foods and drinks. It challenges people's perception on the traditional way of showing arts. It is an experience rather than constraint of thought.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Last show to see in Birmingham

I finished my placement in Ikon Gallery on Tuesday and I went to see their latest exhibition yesterday. This would be the last show that I saw in Birmingham before I headed to Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague, then back to Hong Kong. It is an amazing show with three films by Yael Bartana and graphic works by Tony Arefin. Yael Bartana's film is absolutely inspiring. Also, I love the display design of the Arefin's part. It made his works really stand out. I will definitely miss Ikon Gallery the most when I think of Birmingham.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

BIAD Art Based Masters Show 2012

What I chose to do in a sunny Sunday was to go to MA Graduate Show in Margaret Street, BIAD.It showcases works from MA Fine Art, Contemporary Curatorial Practice to Art and Design, Arts and Education. There are three works from the show I love most. One is by Rishi Motiwaras, overlapping patterns made by light and shadows. Another is Rafal Zar's sculptures and paintings, mixing fancy characters with something we see as "dirty"-penis and excrement and they are presented in a religious-like setting.

I also like Sonya Russell-Saunders's part 2 of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in ARTicle Gallery. A really good curatorial demonstration placing same pieces of works in two different environment with different settings. How we feel about the experience largely depend on the narrative space and  the environment. 

Friday, 7 September 2012

Ian Andrews

Today, I came across Great Western Arcade and popped into Terrace Gallery for the private view of their recent show, Ian Andrews-Rummage Out. Terrace Gallery uses empty shop's windows as a platform to introduce art to the audience. We pass by shop's windows everyday but may miss some of the beautiful things around us. Just like the gallery is reminding us art can be part of our every lives.
I saw Ian's works before in OUTLINED exhibition held in Minerva Works. They are pretty impressive. His works looks like some mysterious cabinets. It seems that his works give you a feeling of something between trash and lost objects. The artist explained that "My mother's death and my own illness have led me into considering how the mind works and how connections and associations are made in our thought process...To discover new connections I reuse old work or deliberately leave pieces lying around until the original intention has been weakened or lost and rather than view the pieces as useless, I see them as providing opportunity." Just like the title of the exhibition suggests "Rummage out"!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The Oil Tank

Last week, I went to the newly opened Oil Tank in Tate Modern. The first project called The Tanks: Art in Action featuring collection displays by Suzanne Lacy and Lis Rhodes and commissioned works by Sun Hwan Kim. I especially love the complex video by Sun Hwan Kim. Suzanne's The Crystal Quilt is also a legendary work. I have to say it is a fabulous space to showcase experimental and contemporary arts.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Amazing Lion Heart Project

The Amazing Lion Heart Project is a project by artist Shauna Richardson. Now is on tour in Natural History Musuem, London. The project will feature three giant hand crocheted lions in a custom-built, mobile, glass case to travel around the East Midlands. Through the sculptures, the artist wants it to reflect the region in both symbol and materials.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

. Art Domain

An interesting news from e-flux, apart from .com, .net, .org, we may have .art!

The Internet is constantly changing. Starting next year, the organization responsible for the naming protocol of every website on the internet will introduce new top-level domains—what we find after the last dot in the web address: .com, .org, .net, .uk, and so on. This new naming protocol will sharpen the focus of the internet to make information more legible to communities sharing a common interest. For example, most information pertaining to food will be available in a .food domain, while most information on cars will likely be found in a .car domain, and so forth.

With these changes in mind, e-flux, an artist-run organization based in New York, has applied for the rights to develop and administer the .Art domain, with the hope of maintaining and distributing it in a way that emphasizes the quality, content, and educational values of the community of people who create, study, present, and love art—something e-flux has been able to achieve with its announcement service for over a decade.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently announced the list of companies that have applied to open and manage these new top-level domain names. Nearly 2000 applications were submitted before the application process closed, and more than 500 new internet domains will be approved within a year, from .baby to .berlin to .bbc.

e-flux is the only applicant from within the art community to apply for the .Art domain, and it is crucial for all of us in the arts that the domain of art on the internet be developed in a knowledgeable, responsible, and accessible way, to emphasize the coherence, dynamism, and diversity of our community.

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Friday, 24 August 2012

the whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Yesterday, I went to another event held by [State], a Birmingham performance platform. This time, it was held at the lowest level of The Vaults (a completely difference feeling from last time). I was totally amused by the space when I popped in. The title of this exhibition is called "the whole is greater than the sum of its part". Five art pieces and live arts were presented. They marked each piece with a number from 1 to 5. I supposed it guides people to walk from one artwork to the other in sequence. One of the artworks was by Abigail Duffty. People were given white lab coats to wear. People needed to wear it n order to enter into one of the specific spaces. They also showcased another amazing piece by Kate Spence. At that time, I didn't really understand the meanings of the works and why they can relate to the title of the exhibition.
I aimed to find out more when I got back home. The origin of 'the whole is greater than the sum of its part" was a quote by Aristotle. It can be referred to the central idea of Holism. Things should be viewed as wholes, not as collections of parts. No single thing can be fully understood in isolation from its extended context. This exhibition invites me to observe, to think more. They have their second part of the event held in ARTicle Gallery. Maybe I need to go to the second part in order to see the whole picture. 

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

some pics in my show

Finally the show was finished, I was really really tired last week...Just have the energy to upload the photos. It was interesting to see how people react to the show. Jean Leering (Director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven) once said that, in a certain way, art was being "used" to get people to think and be aware of their own situations. This was an idea, along with addressing how such a message can be achieved in an exhibition.
I am still thinking what art really means to me, to the society and the environment we live in and the role as a curator.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Saturday filled with artworks

Putting artworks, labels and descriptions in the space, screwing, cleaning, hammering, very satisfied with today's effort. We have already moved in artworks by three artists, the rest will be put up on Monday. Spending lots of time on the preparation in the past few months, we are about to see the fruit.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

It's coming

Tomorrow will be the first day to work on the installation of my exhibition next week. Pretty much exciting and stressful at the same time, but really looking forward to see the opening and how's it going on.

Oriental- A sensory narrative by Asian contemporary artists
Opening night: 13rd August 2012, 16:00-19:00
Continue from 14th-19th August 2012, 10:00-19:00

Do come and join us!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Marina Abramovic-The Artist Is Present

Marina Abramovic is a performance artist based in New York. Marina Abramovic-The Artist Is Present is a documentary showed her preparing for her retrospective exhibition in MOMA in 2010. At that show, Marina sat in the site for three months six days a week, just sat there silently. She invited the audience sat in the opposite of her. When I watched the performance, my tears just dropped down out of control. As she said that "I am just a trigger, I am just a mirror and actually they become aware of their own life, of their own vulnerability, of their own pain, of everything." Her performance emphasizes human interaction. She challenges the perspectives of the audience by pushing her physical body to the limit. What is art? What is an artist? I think she really dedicates her life to art. She can't live without performing. She is a woman worth respecting.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Creative Open Workshops

I spent a lovely afternoon in the C.O.W Studio today. They were celebrating their 1st birthday, therefore, they held a paper party and opened their studio for drop-in workshops serving with drinks and cakes. The studio is operated by friendly craftsmen and it makes you feel like home. It was quite an enjoyable experience. 

Here are the making of the crafts:

1. Mini print making

2. Polish paper cutting

3. Mini book binding