five years ago

March 27, 2012

Poh Poh’s hand-embroidered kebaya blouse, 30 years old but as beautiful as ever.
Georg Jensen meets some Malaysian leaves.
Mr. Snow, I can’t wait for the next five years!
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barely there

November 16, 2009

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Ms. D not only tipped me off about Liu Bolin’s work, but also complained when a post didn’t immediately appear. And Ms. P took me to task quite seriously during our recent and thoroughly enjoyable trip to Malaysia, about my blog name being a misnomer. So, high time to make the final dash to the finish line of 365 posts! And here’s the bribe: if you tune in right to the end, you’ll be privy to the next Myyear project, preparations for which are already seriously underway…

All this to say, I’m still here! Which is debatable for Liu in his Camouflage series, in its painstaking detail. My favourites are above and below, but check out more of his work here. At a time when all artists are busy shouting out their presence, it’s calming – if slightly disturbing – that someone is doing his very best to disappear into the background.

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unfolded origami

May 20, 2009

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Art that almost isn’t there, unfolded origami. Simon Schubert‘s amazing 3D-in-2D art has to be seen to be believed. A preview above, or if you’re lucky enough to be in Berlin, live here. Some of the pieces are surprisingly large!

leonardi baa vinci

April 26, 2009

Mr. Snow\’s cousin tipped me off on this one. I\’m sure this has made it into the Shepherding Hall of Fame where he lives. Watch and be azamed. Tusen takk, D!

yuken teruya’s trees

March 21, 2009

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I discovered Yuken Teruya’s amazing ability to create delicate little forests out of the ordinary (yes, even loo roll…) on an in-flight magazine. Even after reading what it was in the text of the article, it took me a while to discern the familiar object.

An inspiration to look for beauty in everyday life.

the revolution continues

November 3, 2008

Completely unbeknownst to me was how new Charles Saatchi’s gallery in Chelsea was when we went to visit. That, and the fact that he and Nigella Lawson are married (am I really the last person to know?). Anyway, here’s a round-up of the other pieces that caught my eye at the Revolution Continues.

Liu Wei’s ‘Love It! Bite It!’ is a model city made entirely of dog chews. The skeletal effect on the decaying monuments is quite fitting, and the skill and patience mindboggling.

Cang Xin‘s Communication is a model of himself engaging with the world with (obviously) his tongue. The piece has previously been performed live among other places at Tiananmen Square and the Colosseum. Mr. Snow stalks off unimpressed.

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu‘s Angel lies broken after a terrible fall, his furry rather than feathery wings having failed him.

Xiang Jing‘s spooky larger than life ‘Your Body’ gazed vacantly at us.

Zhang Dali‘s ‘Chinese Offspring’ represent migrant construction workers hanging by their feet to depict their vulnerablity and economic entrapment.

Finally, Sun and Peng also created an imaginary old people’s home in the gallery’s basement, where the decrepit inhabitants – all slightly familiar retired world leaders – spend their hours just missing each other while trundling around in their electric chairs. The show’s final pun: a parody of the U.N. dead.

smile!

October 23, 2008

Halfway through our walking tour of Chinatown in KL, we dropped in on Central Square in its latest incarnation, including the Annexe Gallery. It was also there that we met and picked up the newest resident of our home. Meet our friendly alien!

He seems to be happy enough in his own corner of our kitchen, though he’s far away from his birthplace in KL, and his daddy Mistawhy, who we met at They Art Studio.

Below, you can see the hole in the gallery wall where he used to live. I hope he’s not too lonely now, I’m enjoying his company while writing this!

ash head by zhang huan

October 22, 2008

Easily my favourite piece and my favourite artist among all we saw on Saturday at ‘The Revolution Continues: New Chinese Art‘ in Chelsea. Zhang Huan is apparently known as a radical performance artist, but his work in this show was meditative, funny and literally textured.

Zhang uses ash from joss or incense sticks as his medium, applying it to canvas to create paintings with a faded black and white photography quality. Alternatively, as above and below, he uses it skillfully in large-scale sculptures to bring human features – skin, tufts of hair and eye lashes – to life from what is essentially burnt and discarded matter.

obsessions

October 21, 2008

Dagens Næringsliv‘s fabulous Friday magazine alerted me to this story. As part of Experimentadesign Amsterdam 2008, Stefan Sagmeister created a beautiful installation over 8 days made up of 250,000 eurocent coins on how Obsessions Make His Life Worse and His Work Better.

But barely 20 hours after the last coin was placed, Amsterdam police were alerted to the fact that someone was removing some of the coins, and with stunning (and unprecedented?) efficiency, moved to sweep up the entire thing. Here’s the photographic evidence.

The installation met with its end so quickly that Sagmeister and his team hadn’t even had time to document it properly, and are now appealing for any photos of it to be added to a Flickr pool. Anjens took the photo above, and here’s a time lapse video documenting the process.

4900 colours

October 21, 2008

We’re back! After hooking up with many old friends on the way, tasting such such wonders cave-aged gruyere (and passing on the snail caviar)and quality Indian takeaway after a shopping marathon,  and visiting the prerequisite modern Chinese art exhibition every city worth its salt has on these days. Some of the art was good though, but my favourite is for the next post, along with the highlight of our trip. No guessing what that was!

Colours weren’t just the theme at Uniqlo, but also at the Serpentine Gallery, where Gerhard Richter was showing his 4900 Colours, as a series of 49 10-by-10 squares, each very carefully assigned a random position in the show. Each of the colours was chosen so that none dominates over another (leading to a little argument abut whether that was true). I can imagine the pixel concept could work well in a 20 m high stained glass window, but personally the bite-sized versions didn’t do it for me (pretty colours though).

Thanks again to Little Jacket and Robin for letting us stay, and everyone who came out with us! Hope next time will be soon.

One last bit of exciting news. While we were occupied with all of the above, you were all clicking away to visit My Year Online, which has now had its 10,000th hit! Thanks for visiting, and get your fix now, just over two months to go…