I've been up to date with Ai Weiwei's career since the time of his arrest years ago and have also been following him in Instagram. The only artist of his calibre to harness the powers of social media, his ingenious selfies on Instagram and daily snapshots of the people around him - including pictures of his very own son - all seem jovial and humorous and do not reflect his current situation as a political dissident. Yes, he's been posting pictures of his bike with flowers as a protest against the travel restrictions imposed on him by his government, but his real political/social activism continues not through social media but through his art.
It is then a privilege for me to see his works at the Lisson gallery knowing that he is able to produce his art under these circumstances. And while it is easy to be mesmerised about the legend than his actual produce, this exhibition reminds me of Read More »
Frieze is here! But before you get into that Frieze pandemonium mode again, you have two days to visit the Bursary Awards 2013 exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Before Frieze, please do check out the works of some of the top emerging contemporary sculptors chosen by RBS. In a few year's time, some of the artists here will be massive and this is a great opportunity to view their works at the early stages of their art career. Next time, we'd need to pay a ticket to see them!
I was able to attend the Sculpture Slam event (back to back talks) and heard a sneak peak of what these sculptors have done. My favourite from this year's group is Shan Hur - a London-based artist who creates embedded sculptures Read More »
A friend of mine will take a few days off work just to visit Paris and see Anish Kapoor´s Leviathan, a monumental balloon sculpture at the Grand Palais in Paris. There are no pangs of envy but I wish I had cheap Eurostar tickets just to pop in for a day. But my internship days are not yet over, and I´m unfortunately not yet in the position to splurge in the name of art.
Every year, the French Ministry of Sculpture picks an artist for the Monumenta series, an exhibition to explore the architectural space of Grand Palais. This year they picked Indian-born British-Artist Anish Kapoor who responded with this challenge by creating a temporary-inflated sculpture made of PVC material that is 35 meter tall and filling up at least 13,500 square meters when inflated. Read More »
As an art form, the rise of cheap digital cameras has put photography in a more questionable position than ever before. For one, taking photos nowadays do not necessarily require any creative skills whatsoever. I´ve taken hundreds of photos myself but none necessarily could be called art. How can photography then be considered art?It´s worth taking a look at Rashid Rana´s exhibit at the Lisson gallery (ending on April 30)to see how photography can be propelled to other dimensions. I was curious to find out about Rashid after reading a post by another blogger branding Rashid as a boring contemporary artist. Rashid is a Pakistani visual artist who uses pixelated constructions of photography, sculpture and installation to explore themes of cultural identity in South Asia as it struggles between tradition and modernity. Read More »