After my recent visit to artist Wang Jianwei’s studio, it was fun to see the final product of his finished works exhibited at the Ullens gallery.
Yellow Signal, as the exhibition is titled has been shown in four seperate chapters in order to show an evolving process. Yellow Signal is about the familiar yellow traffic light and how it is both a signal and signifier. Resting in between red and green, the yellow light also shows permission and prohibition. Lately this has been a very hot topic among Chinese artists who continue to push the boundaries themselves, not only on permission and prohibition but also as to what can be considered art. In this exhibition Wang Jianwei shows that he is not afraid to explore different medias as his exhibition was comprised of film, furniture, and other installations. I loved the fun and funky geometric cabinets!
At the Ullens Gallery in 798 art district artist Li Hui put on a show of futuristic light sculptures entitled V. “His dazzling special effects are the stuff of science fiction; his themes eternal”- Jérôme Sans. V acts as a brief glimpse into an unfathomable, inexpressible, terrifying post-human future which seems only suitable as Li Hui “believe[s] in mental communication rather than verbal explanation”.
Personally, I’m a big fan of pink and couldn’t help but love the exciting flashes of dazzling light. The atmosphere was intense like no other; set against a pitch black isolated backdrop.
After hitting up Diane von Furstenberg’s fashion exhibition, I stopped by the neighboring gallery Faurschou Beijing. Their current exhibition displays works by the influential artist Lucian Freud and his studio assistant David Dawson.
Lucian Freud, David & Eli, 2003-2004, Oil on canvas, 163 x 174 cm
This particular painting is of Freud’s studio assistant David Dawson who regularly models for Freud. With a close friendship built over 20 years of working together it is not surprising that he is not a stranger to Freud’s ability to scrutinize every little detail of the model’s character. This painting has a classic freud set-up, a nude model on a bed. Freud has depicted this in his paintings for years with models lying or sleeping on his studio couch, sofa or mattress.
The exhibition also displayed images taken by David Dawson showing the working process of Freud and giving a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes. David Dawson is actually one of few people ever allowed to take pictures in Freud’s studio.
Stopped by the Pace gallery in the 798 Art District to check out Diane von Furstenberg’s latest fashion and design exhibition Journey of a Dress. The exhibition featured the designer’s timeless collection of sophisticated fashions, including the original wrap dress and a selection of 80-plus looks ranging from the 1970s to present-day collections.
Her mission is to empower women through fashion, mentorship and philanthropy. This was reflected throughout the exhibition which featured slogans such as “proud to be woman”, “live your fantasy”, “fear is not an option”, and “just be yourself not an imitation”. (No photos allowed- this was rigorously enforced as I had a security guard shadowing me throughout the entire show)
Yum! So after going to the exhibition Beyond Fashion and taking a stroll through 798, I stopped by the restaurant SWITCH! to have a bite to eat. It was delicious! I had a super healthy sandwich with shiitake mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, basil, etc.
Reow! I also found myself a super sharp leopard print chair.