I made it back to Singapore in time to catch Yayoi Kusama’s show at the National Gallery Singapore! Earlier in the year, I was taking In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting from MoMA x Coursera (an excellent course if you’re looking for something to learn). Kusama was the last artist we studied and I happened to be in Singapore when doing some additional research and read about her show Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn which I couldn’t get to in time : ( and the upcoming one in Singapore which was more feasible. I’ve come across her work here and there but have never had the opportunity to see such a large body of work together so was really looking forward to this.
infinity nets, 1952
The above red painting—Infinity Nets is one of my favourites from Life is the Heart of a Rainbow and was made with gouache, pastel and ink on paper in 1952. The exhibition room that held her black and white pieces from floor to ceiling was also quite stunning. There’s so much to see and discover in each piece of work.
A series of golden yellow oranges from the show…
dots obsession, 2017
pumpkin (twaqn), 2015
the spirits of the pumpkins descended into the heavens, 2017
and more dots and reflections.
invisible life, 2017
with all my love for the tulips, i pray forever, 2013-17
infinity mirrored room—gleaming lights of the soul, 2008
The Hirshhorn has organized a North American tour and dates are:
Art and Its Publics—What makes a Successful
The keynoters and panel speakers covered a lot ground. Conversations need to continue in guiding people towards embracing and understanding the necessity and power of the arts in our communities in whatever form they hold.
Apart from the confirmation that public/art/space/place/practice can never be fully defined or agreed upon ; ), some highlights, realizations, inspiration…
From the Factories—a website documenting the stories of artists and creatives utilizing space in the Kwun Tong factories and how things continue to be at odds with the revitalization policies of the government. This was especially interesting as I went on a walking tour last year organized by Hulu Culture to learn more about Kwun Tong’s history.
This exhibit closes next week so catch it if you can. Fascinating history of Hakka kung fu and its movement from China down to Hong kong. There are holograms, 3D clips, interactive games, short docs, maps and more.
pose matching game, Tobias Gremmler
300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu
on until 28 February 2017, 10am – 7pm, closed Mondays
CityU Gallery, 18/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building (AC3)
City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong
Take the Kowloon Tong MTR exit C to Festival Walk and there’s a bridge to the campus from the mall. Here’s a map if you prefer not to wander around the uni.
You can also look back at some of the Pyramiden entries from my fellow Arctic explorers and see if you can find a picture of Sasha who’s in the film. We were lucky enough to have him share his stories with us as well the two days we were anchored.
We’ve come to the close of 2016 and the last of the calendar postcards for Students on Ice. Hope you have someone in mind who’ll love receiving some ducks in the mail and go get your new year post sent out this week! : )
I was so enamoured by the green of their eggs.
We had to go back after our Spitsbergen sailing to visit the ducklings.
Ducklings in action…
I still have postcards left so if you’d like a set or two, pm me wherever that’s possible with your address and I’ll send that along to you.
Went to see Pictures of the Past: Hungarian Photographer Dezső Bozóky in Hong Kong (on until 08.01.17) which was a fascinating but small exhibit and discovered the Kinsey collection. It was excellent and included some amazing historical pieces. Stories abound through those and the art. Rising Above closes 26.02.17
There’s been naturepile work happening on Lantau, Hong Kong created by Shekou International School sixth graders on their Week Without Walls trip.
It’s been exciting for me to follow along on their adventures and creations. Have a look here: @morganstudentart and also check out #naturepile. Tag yours as well if you fancy joining in on the fun :).
The other day, I finally managed to catch up with Jo who was relaxing in the sunshine and being cooperatively still. Usually it’s just the turtles out and about and Jo nowhere in sight. Lots of hiding spaces I read in the sign.
Pineapple Bun and friends had their home cleaned yesterday. I heard some commotion next door so popped over to have a look. Later in the afternoon, Oak Ye (or the other unnamed Bengal Monitor) was checking out the window now with a clearer view.
Looking out from the Art House is Tai To Yan staring back. I need to hike over there one day soon for some views of Kam Tin, Tai Po and of course a look back over at Kadoorie.