life is the heart of a rainbow

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.

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…

and more dots and reflections.

 

The Hirshhorn has organized a North American tour and dates are:

 

The Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo is opening October 1, 2017. Tickets for the first two months are sold out already but December tickets will be available October 1.

Hope you can catch her work somewhere around the world.

300 years

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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.

 

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.

 

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…

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.

work in progress

Rather impressed with Swire for putting this on. Above Second Gallery curated the show which ended today. Street art taken into the “gallery” space. Lot of interesting pieces made and questions to ponder.

hong kong art walk 2013

Favourite artist and work from this year’s Artwalk.  Next year’s date has been set for Wednesday, 12 March 2014. Glad it is back in March :).

DC in twenty

july 2012. greyhound (better yet, peter pan) . casa w-m

art house co-op mystery project

second tree left of the orange bin

Two occasions I’m glad I live on this side of the world…a May 31st submission deadline means I still have most of June 1, flying back to north america and arriving a few hours later the same day.

This is what came in the mail a few months ago  for the mystery project:

the colour was green tea
mystery map of the green spaces in sha tin

There was a strong monsoon warning that morning so had to find a semi-sheltered place to leave my map.  I regretted using a hole punch and not a slot punch after finishing off one side but between report cards and all the other end of school stuff, decided that making a new map would probably not be the wisest of decisions.

either blown away by monsoon winds or someone found it

Hope whoever came across it is now wearing the love the earth button proudly ; )

Picasso at the Heritage

A lovely Monday morning was spent at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.  Saw some of my kids there with their parents and we enjoyed looking at Picasso’s work and coming up with stories about them.  My favourite from the exhibit is Paul Dessinantdog on wheels, bright red shoes, drawing, blues and greens. What more can I say?

One of the K students said this painting looked like a penguin swimming if you turned it on its side.  I told him the blue parts at the bottom could very well be seals. Perhaps this is not a woman in a chair at all.

Two other galleries that you should check out at the museum is the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall

and the New Territories Heritage Hall

loving these typhoon signal sculptures

Much to learn about Hong Kong history and culture…or should I just say heritage? ; )

The Picasso exhibit is well worth HK$20 (~US$2.50). Check the schedule before you go as some weekends are sold out already.