Jiang Zhiqiang: The Space Between Real & Unreal Body

I went to the Shanghai Sculpture Space today — and finally, it was open! Note to self: they are not open on Mondays and they close at 4 p.m. Long story short — this space is really amazing (longer post to come). There were a bunch of pieces that I really loved, but this one was my absolute favorite. I love her expression, her stance, her… color. I think there is something really beautiful about her. And there’s something really nice in her eyes. It’s like you can see an iris yet she’s all one color — LOVE IT.

Artist Statement: The molding of [the] human body constitutes a relationship between real and unreal spaces. With the rapid andvance[ment] of human society, man is giving special concern over the space man relies on to survive.

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Today is my Momma’s Birthday!!! Today, (6/18) I am thankful for my Mom. She has to be one of the most wonderful people in the whole wide world. I love my mother sooooooo much. There is nothing stronger than the love my mother has for my brother and me — we have been so loved. Momma, Happy Birthday. I hope you have a wonderful day. I wish I was there to spend it with you.

 

 

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M50 ART GALLERY: Cao Yingbin

So as many of you know, I’m not feeling well. I took a half day from work today and took a long nap, after which, I was going crazy from being inside. So I went for a walk… in the rain. For better or worse, I ended up at M50. If you want to know something about contemporary art in Shanghai, “M50” is the place to come. This is where I go to find all of the new and wonderful tags in town. But this is also a space for inspiration. And y’all know, I’m all about some inspiration. I’ve been here once before, and I remember seeing this piece of art, it was totally bizarre and something that you could stare at for a good long while. It’s the piece of artwork that everyone looks at whether they want to or not. It’s humorous, it’s interesting, and it’s pretty simplistic when you get right down to it.

  • Artist: Cao Yingbin
  • Medium: Acrylic on Canvas in addition to several mixed media works
  • What the Deal?: Satirical/Comedic art
  • Note: These images may not be acceptable for all audiences
I absolutely love this painting. It has to be one of my favorites at M50. And everyone in this gallery stops to look at it – again, whether they want to or not. Which gallery, you might ask? It was around the corner and through the woods and up the stairs at the OFOTO Gallery. Side Note: My absolute dream job – art collector. And this would be added to my esteemed collection. This painting title is: Everyday Life
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Here are two details of the painting. Interested? Of course you are. My best friend and I have this theory — never leave something behind that you think you might regret not having. Well, today I asked how much this little winner would be… I was informed that each painting could be sold separately (but let’s be honest… these two are a pair and should stay together) and for these 30 x 40 cm (each) pieces of art — they will run you an estimated 20,000 RMB. Which is approximately $3,076 USD. YIKES!!!! Now I’m sure you could bargain… but still… that’s pricey for my pocket book. But hey, Cao Yingbin, when I’ve made my fortune… maybe we can talk.
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Today I am thankful for: it being hump day. At least we’re onto thursday tomorrow! And then the weekend will be here.

Sexy Beast…

This weekend we went to The Shanghai Sculpture Space. This place is super cool. We spent so much time outside, that it closed by the time we made it to the inside exhibition space. But that’s okay… because now I can definitely go back with my Big Bro and Sis when they come into town! Woohoo. Anyways… what I’m really here to tell you about today is that there was piece of artwork that I really loved – maybe cause I feel as though I relate to it. And it makes me happy… and it’s just wonderful. Check this baby out!!

World, meet the Fat Thinker, Fat Thinker… meet my wonderful blog readers!

The Glamour Shots…

I told you that this guy is a sexy beast!

I thought y’all might appreciate this! I know, I know… y’all are jealous. I hope y’all had a great Memorial Day. Instead of Memorial Day… we get next Monday off for the Dragon Boat Festival. But — I think I’ll have to work on Saturday… flurf.

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Today I am thankful for: not getting run over by a bus… there was a very close call this morning.

Venice, Italy: La Biennale di Venezia

I am a lover of art. And one of my favorite galleries to enjoy art is at the Biennale in Venice. The gallery is quite expansive. Part of it is located in The Arsenal; an abandoned shipyard of sorts and an amazing place to find abandoned buildings where there is some really impressive art. There is also a garden portion where there are buildings from an old world expo highlighting different countries and their contemporary architecture form around the world. This post focuses mostly on the art found in the old Arsenal. Unfortunately, I was so immersed by the art that I forgot to take pictures of the artist’s name and title. Please inform me if you know the title name and artist of these separate works. They were all so amazing!

This work, I had to show first. It was my absolute favorite out of the entire gallery. And it was literally breathtaking. This work was set up in a large room with low lights and and each of these components were made up of reflective strands that collectively made these incredible large forms. Some of the strands passed through the other forms making it so that when you moved the form would take a different shape. It was amazing. I could have sat in there for hours.

I would love to be an art collector… it’s slowly in the works; however, graduate school isn’t helping.

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Today I am thankful that: in 61 days I will be finished with my graduate education.

These pictures were taken in Venice, Italy at The Arsenal art gallery in the Fall of 2009 while I studying abroad in Italy.