naturepiles

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 :).

Lately in the arthouse…

washed ashore

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Here are the amazing marine wildlife sculptures I managed to catch in the Washed Ashore exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo before it ended.

Did anyone else watch Art Attack in the early 90s? Neil Buchanan’s Big Art Attacks were the best…as was The Head. Vik Muniz’s Waste Land also came to mind whilst looking at these. I only managed to find ten of the seventeen sculptures and missed meeting Herman the Sea Turtle, one of the five ocean ambassadors. Perhaps this was due to the many chipmunk encounters and some stalking of said critters on my part. They’re just so fascinating to watch.

I did of course pop in to check on the pandas…they’ve doubled in number since my last visit :).

 

Have a look at what other exhibits are on view at the Smithsonian museums. It’s how I found out about this one.

this week in the art house

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Great start to the week having a workshop run through with some of the Kadoorie Education Department. It was a condensed version but gave me a better sense of logistics and flow, areas to focus on with students, and sections to refine. As usual, we definitely could’ve spent more time outdoors exploring in the recently cooler and drier weather! :)

 

I’ve also been observing and noting how different types of plant matter dry and decay

and exploring working with pressed leaves.

fantastic forests

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This exhibit opened last week at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC). I meant to go on opening day but typhoon Nida also made an appearance so I ended up checking it out on Friday after teaching in the neighbourhood. There are activities and demonstrations scheduled throughout the day which you can register for in advance at the front entrance table. It wasn’t very busy when I arrived at 1:40pm so I took a look around at the exhibits and had a go at the tree-ring printing at two. One of the displays talked about the connected network of trees and I just came upon this piece in the New Yorker which is a fascinating read: The Secrets of the Wood Wide Web.

If you have elementary aged kids, they’d enjoy the space and activities so go see it before school starts up again this month.

 

Also in the neighbourhood…

Down the road from JCCAC are two other places you should check out:

  • Shek Kip Mei Estate—there’s an outdoor covered exhibition area about changes in the housing estate over the years. It’s a fascinating look into Hong Kong History and the Housing Authority.
  • Heritage of Mei Ho House
    Mei Ho House resulted from the 1953 Shek Kip Mei fire. It is now part hostel part musuem. Walk through the building to experience the history of the community and learn how public housing in Hong Kong came about. Closed Mondays.

drainspotting

or so it’s called.

Finished teaching for the day to find these two news gems in my inbox.

Thank you friends for sending my way. Glad these make you think of me. Curious as to what the manhole summit will entail ; ).

Personally prefer the stumble upon delight of crossing paths with a stunning sewer cover. This was my fave in Kobe…spotted in a raised sidewalk planter of sorts.

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Latest Japan additions can be found here.

 

Rumpueng Community Art Space

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I’m spending the month of October here as one of two artists in residence. It’s my first time in Chiang Mai and this place is just beautiful. In the 4 days I’ve been here, I’ve gotten a whirlwind tour of the area around Rumpueng: three wats, the Chiang Mai University’s campus and Faculty of Fine Art buildings (they have stone carving class!), museums, cafes, neighbourhood eateries… and met artists from near and far.

This is my work area before I unpacked all my art materials. Getting used to how much space is available and planning on doing some larger scale pieces.

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I was able to sit in on a life drawing class with some second year uni students that took place at Rumpueng. They concluded the session with a class shindig–a Thai bbq. Such a lovely time with them and of course delicious food.

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Am also enjoying

Catch day to day happenings on instagram.

 

 

south africa in twenty

South Africa in June is rather pleasant. Their winter was not too cold and we just happened to hit beautiful dry weather in Capetown. A few less tourists during low season is always a plus.

Cathay Pacific has direct flights to Johannesburg from Hong Kong but I took Singapore Airlines to stick with the alliance for miles and I wanted to stopover in Singapore on the return journey. It’s always a great place to visit for food, art, green space, and more food… :)

Johannesburg: Stayed at the Da Vinci Hotel and Suites, the modern counterpart to the Michelangelo Hotel next door. Sandton is an opulent bubble in Joburg.

Madikwe Game Reserve: We decided to go here as it was a closer drive from Joburg than Kruger and we were toying with the idea of getting another stamp in our passports from Botswana ; ). Sadly that did not happen. Rhulani Safari Lodge which we booked last minute on mtbeds was lovely. Two nights and four game drives was just enough and we managed to see the super seven: the big five–elephant, cape buffalo, lion, rhino, and leopard, plus the cheetah and wild dog.

Cape Town: Radisson Blue Waterfront is located just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the V&A waterfront. The run along the water is brill as is the morning breakfast view.

Could definitely have spent more time in Table Mountain National Park hiking as well as exploring the Cape winelands.

uncover/discover day two

Workshop day!

A lot of offerings with seven sessions in each of the three slots that day. Went with a printing theme starting off with printing on clay with Zoe Coughlan, my cyanotype workshop and then drypoint etching with Michelle Anderson. Attending the workshops was a good reminder of what it is like for my students when they are in art class and leading a workshop continues to teach me about the craft. It’s hard not to rush through content and info to get to the making. Inspired by the sharing and process of learning together and left with new ideas and techniques to try out.

uncover/discover ARARTE hong kong day one

The sixth Asia Region Art Educators conference was hosted in Hong Kong this past weekend by the amazing art educators at Hong Kong International School.  It was lovely to re-connect with so many people from previous ARARTE and EARCOS conferences and to meet new educators as ARARTE continues to grow.

museum visit–The Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards is currently on at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.  Of all the previous ones I’ve been to, this is by far the most engaging body of work. The art scene is moving in such an interesting direction and museum visits with fellow art educators is just full of conversation and fun. Go see it!

 

SCAD tour and workshop–I had been wanting to visit SCAD since they opened in Hong Kong in 2010 as the building was previously the North Kowloon Magistracy and old Hong Kong is fascinating. They did a beautiful job conserving and highlighting a piece of history–something HK definitely needs more of.  Their professors hosted several workshops for our group. Had the pleasure of hearing Derek Black, the graphic design prof, speak on cultivating creativity.  He talked about how we as educators tell our stories to create connections and facilitate change. Where is it that you draw inspiration from? Where does your research stem?  What is it that we experience, observe and record? One thing that resonated with me the most was his emphasis on making.  As art educators, we consistently dialogue about the practice of our own art making (or often the lack of) and balancing that with teaching. What is your source of creative output? How do we and should we emphasize the process that encourages the journey–with both failures and successes, that lead to the discovery of unexpected things?

                                Find your identity in the process of making. –Derek Black

 

city photography walk–Led by André Eichman around Sham Shui Po, there is much to spot in the city when you take the time to look.