|Laurens Tan, 'Kuai Le Wan Ju', image courtesy the artist|
I am beginning to plan a trip for later this year, when I will be staying in Beijing for a couple of months to write, research and explore artists' studios, galleries and China in general. I am hoping to go beyond Beijing and Shanghai this time, and see more of China than the view visible from the windows of the high-speed train. Although this too was completely fascinating to me.
As I write this I should be at my Chinese class. But am not. Oh dear."Tai Nan Le! Too hard! - 太难了!" I am feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of trying to learn this difficult language and feel that I will never improve beyond the stumbling baby Chinese that I can manage right now. And as for character reading, forget it! My strategy today turns out to be one of avoidance. Probably not recommended. Next week, I WILL do the homework and go to class, I tell myself sternly. We'll see....
|Laurens Tan, Beng Beng Prototype,Made in China.|
Fiberglass, Steel, Acrylic, Plastic, Wood, Baked Enamel, 62 x 30 x 11 cm, edition of 8, image courtesy of the artist.
|Laurens Tan, Babalogic II, Installation View. Computer-cut ABS, Light, Custom Sanlunche, Dual-Channel Projection, Variable Dimensions, image courtesy of the artist|
|Li Tingting, Chandelier, Ink on Chinese paper, image courtesy the artist|
|Lam Tung-pang in his Hong Kong studio, photograph Luise Guest reproduced with permission of the artist|
|Dong Yuan, Daily Scenes, oil on 42 separate canvases, image courtesy of the artist and White Rabbit Gallery|
|Dong Yuan, Hui Hua Chi Fan, oil on separate canvases, installation view, image courtesy the artist|
Upcoming - an article about performance artist and painter Monika Lin and Beijing-based Huang Xu and Dai Dan Dan - 'Landmines in the Garden of the Literati' - watch this space!
|Huang Xu, Plastic Bag No. 28, C-print, reproduced courtesy the artist and China Art Projects|