China Town

What’s life without a bit of adventure and new experiences?

Had my fair share as I ventured into China Town in Leicester Square and ended up tasting Peking Duck for the first time. Thankfully and much to my relieved surprise it tasted just like chicken. I’ve officially survived another experience! And who knows what I might try next.

Roasting away is one of the lucky ducks that I had the pleasure of tasting… DRAMA!

Liu Bolin

2011-08-18 @ 11:09:15

Hiding in the City No. 87, 2009

In his first exhibition in Scandinavia, Chinese artist Liu Bolin presents his exhibition The Invisible Man. His body resembles “camouflage”, thereby making Liu Bolin both present and absent in each photograph. These cleverly orchestrated images have earned him the name, the invisible man.

Liu Bolin is renowned for his series of images entitled Hiding in the City. Liu Bolin maintains that his art is a protest against a state known to censor its artists. You’ll find his works of art at Fotografiska in Stockholm as well.

La Triennale di Milano

2011-08-13 @ 11:18:37

Stopped by La Triennale di Milano, the design museum, which hosts exhibitions and events that highlight contemporary Italian design, urban planning, architecture, music, and media arts, emphasizing the relationship between art and industry. An exhibition which I really wanted to see was their latest addition China New Design. After having lived in Beijing for four years, I wanted to revisit my home away from home. I felt at peace immediately, recognizing the sleek modern Asian styles that I love and know. A highlight was definitely this wood and steel bench as seen above, it would absolutely work in my future home!

China New Design
was sponsored by Beijing’s UCCA and curated by Jerome Sans.


2011-07-24 @ 10:01:24

I love the crafty side of 798! Although it’s mainly an art distric, it has become more of a community where people gather and share a common interest for creativity and visual expression.

Down one of the narrow streets I found a funky little stand selling wire creations such as these rose-shaped rings. I couldn’t help but buying three for myself. I chose black, silver, and pink as all colors can easily be styled to nearly every outfit.

Fierce! The artist making these made it look so simple, with only a few turns of the wire he had a new creation ready.


2011-07-24 @ 09:48:48

Tatsuo Miyajima, HOTO, LED, electric wire, stainles steel, iron frame, h.549 x d.208 cm, 2008.

In Tatsuo Miyajima, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust exhibition blingtastic and future, space galactic seem to be the right description. Each of his pieces employ different sets of tools to express the visceral nature of time and draw the viewer into the experience.

Tatsuo Miyajima, Mega Death

With its mysterious blue glow, Mega Death, forces us to confront a truly terrifying number: 167,000,000, the estimated number of lives lost to war, revolution, violent conflict and genocide in the 20th century. The transformation and glitter of the numbers symbolize “life” of man and the darkness of “zero” symbolizes “death”. In Buddhist philosophy, the life of man is interpreted as the repetition of “life” and “death”. In other words, “death” is not an end, but is similar to sleep as a preparation for the “next birth”.

Wang Shang, Genus Camelliris, H, Twins who never hold hands, Cultivation initiation date: 2009

Also on show were these fabulous glittering earrings. Wang Shang, although graduated from Goldsmiths College, his interests go beyond art. Fascinated by philosophy and science, Wang used his own knowledge and theories of this in order to create his exhibition Sleuthing. The artist describes his show like this, “those things you see with glittering, pearly skin are new plant species under development, and the structures that look like cultivation beds are actually the plants’ roots. They reach deep into the soil, absorbing life-sustaining minerals and nutrients. The future of these plants, of course, is also vital to the future of humanity”. He refers to the exhibition space as a plant known as
Lab No. 725, where his identity code is 07X351.

Pin Gallery

2011-07-24 @ 08:41:55

While in 798, I stopped by the newly opened Pin Gallery to see what they had in store for me. Their current exhibition was Four People Four Ways, featuring world famous Chinese artists such as titan Fang Lijun, Xiao Yu, Wang Yin, and Yang Maoyuan. Here’s a selection of their works. Enjoy!

Fang Lijun, 2011 Ongoing, Oil on canvas, 400 x 875 cm, 2011

Xiao Yu, Definition of Rise, Wooden Frames, 218 x 218 x 130 cm, 2011

Fang Lijun, Everlasting Fortune, Oil on canvas, 250 x 360 cm, 2011

岳敏君 at Pace Gallery

2011-07-22 @ 14:38:13

The Resurrection, 2010, Oil on Canvas, 390 x 330 cm.

Stopped by Pace to see the latest work of Chinese mega-artist 岳敏君 (Yue Minjun). The Beijing based artist is best known for his contemporary style in depicting himself with a laughter in a cynical, self-ironic manner.

The Baptism of Christ, 2010, Oil on Canvas, 450 x 300 cm

These are the first pastel and candy colored works I have seen by the artist who usually tends to use more demure colors. I have to say that I’m a big fan of his new use of color! The works are much more interesting with each figure now having their own personality because of their color yet, still depicted wearing that same killer smile. The figures are much more flamboyant! Yue is exploring religion and particularly Jesus and Christianity as a theme.

The Entombment, 2010, Oil on Canvas, 380 x 300 cm.

The Art of 798

2011-07-21 @ 19:04:30

Yesterday I had a whirlwind day at 798. The art was as crazy and exciting as always. Sometimes it’s difficult to believe that someone could come up with such wild ideas, but then again, it wouldn’t be 798 without them.

The borderline kitsch works never fail to put a smile on my face, oh how will I survive London without them? Any suggestions?

Who wouldn’t want one of these as decor in the garden? J’adore! In the right setting these could totally work!

Louis Vuitton Voyages

2011-07-21 @ 18:25:40

At the National Museum of China (!), I stopped by to see the Louis Vuitton Voyages exhibition which runs until August 30th. The exclusive fashion brand of luxury suitcases showed promise as it raved to show hundreds of handmade luggage.

The exhibition did not let down! It wowed me completely, not only by the sheer size of the show but also the range of items on display. Customized luxury suitcases for every imaginable activity and whim, including features necessary only for camping,

It was a Parisian wonderland, showing the art of classic luxury living!

While strolling down the infinite lanes of extravagant and lavish goods, I couldn’t keep myself from daydreaming of another time when these beautiful works were in legitimate use. Imagining a Maharaja travelling in style with his personalized shaving kit in hand as he steps onto a fine coal fuelled steam boat. What a lovely escape, it felt as if I were along for his and many other glamorous celebrities’ journeys around the world.

Some pieces were simply too cute for words! However, a common thread between the work was that everything was extremely well planned and practical. I certainly would have loved to have one of these cases when I was younger!

The exhibition focused not only on its glorious, successful past but also the brand’s transition through the years. Staying in touch with the latest technology, this ultra modern case guarantees safe travelling with your most precious cargo, an iPod with a fierce base.

I appreciate and absolutly love what the Louis Vuitton brand did with their display. Not only did the exhibition act as a small history lesson but also as a big celebration for the Parisian brand, which was founded in 1854. What a triumphant success!

Fireworks set the mood.

Yuanfen Gallery

2011-07-05 @ 07:30:16

I just had the rare opportunity to visit one of David Ben Kay’s (康如松) residences which is located in the popular 798 Art District neighborhood.

The house which is used both as a mansion and entertaining venue is also used as a gallery displaying art by selected artists. It is a masterpiece, filled with exclusive and quirky art and decor as well as several statement pieces of furniture designed by David Ben Kay (康如松) himself.

The Renaissance sculptor and painter Michelangelo’s David appeared to play a vital role in the decor. A plastic chair made in the shape of David’s severed nose stood as a center piece and a large sideboard made of marble in admiration of his lips.

Here you can see the ever so lovely David in pink however, with his missing lips, nose, and ear.

As I was exploring the house/gallery there was also a photoshoot/ photo-installation by French visual artist Niko de La Faye that was being documented. Exciting!