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It seems that the Saatchi gallery's venture into the world of contemporary South-east Asian art is proving to be very successful. In 2009, Korean eye: Moon Generation 2009 attracted 250,000 visitors according to one blog and even spawned a sequel last year with the Korean eye: Fantastic Ordinary, which by the way I swooned over as I got a chance to see works from the best emerging artists in Korea and who as a result of this exhibit, eventually became world-renowned artists.
This year and (also on its last week), artists from Indonesia are featured in Indonesian Eye: Fantasies and Realities at the Saatchi gallery sponsored by Prudential Life. While one Western critic already lambasted it for failing to impress, I beg to disagree. (more…)
Sometimes artists are not very comfortable with interviews and one them is Russian-born Belgium-based artist Olga Gouskova. She told me she was a better painter than a writer and in a sense, was probably reluctant to explain her art through words. The good news is I'm not a critic and I just love art in general so I understand her uneasiness. In her Facebook profile, she even posted this quote from Pablo Picasso. "As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself. What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done? A painter has only one language."
But the following interview was in fact, a good overview of her creative process, her blooming career and why one critic even branded her art as having hints of Botticelli's. Her concept of femininity is not a typical take on beauty but as an extension of her own self (more…)
So violent and disturbing the body contortions were when George Samsa finally mutates into a man-like insect in the new play Metamorphosis at the Royal Opera House, that my eyes popped out and my jaw dropped to the floor seeing Franz Kafka's literary work interpreted with a new stage of physicality that will shake your existential sensations to the core.
I really had no idea know how they would pull this off without using wild insect-costumes and props but Edward Watson, Royal Ballet's principal dancer, only uses his body and his extreme level of flexibility to breathe life into the role of Georg Samsa. He contorts and folds his body into shapes that simulate insect movement: pulling and coiling his limbs, his hands become crabbed claws, his toes moving individually just like when a real insect does with its legs (more…)
I was lucky to be the first person to arrive for the press preview of 'Rancinan in London' at the Opera Gallery last week, because other than being the art blogger who has beaten 'real' journalists for being on time (I arrived 12 noon sharp!), I also had the opportunity to meet Gérard Rancinan himself who was still in the middle of overseeing the arrangement of his large-scale photographs with Jean-David Malat, Director of Opera Gallery and journalist Caroline Gaudriault.
Clad in denim jeans and jacket, the great Rancinan had no airs. He was simple, unassuming, accommodating and was kind enough to give this blogger time and say "you can ask me anything." This man, who has earned four World Press Awards and was on his first stop world photography tour has just told me that. I knew this was not about being a darling of the press but I like him. (more…)
"How many corrugated cardboards did Michelangelo Pistoletto use for this show?" I asked one of the invigilators at the Serpentine Gallery when I visited there last week. "I don't know," she said, surprised at the incredulity of my question while giving me a look that says "Does it really matter?" She was right - it really didn't matter because the effect is a labyrinth and experience of space like nothing else you can imagine.
Except the space for the Mirror of Judgement is made out of rolls and rolls of corrugated cardboard, a cheap material that is accessible and familiar in our consciousness. As one of the early pioneers of Arte Povera or "Poor Art", Michelangelo Pistoletto has explored the use of cheap materials to seek fundamental discussions on contemporary life. (more…)
My friend Cristina, Pach, and I had a chance to attend a sake-tasting event at the Japanese embassy last Thursday and had fun drinking 14 of the award-winning sake (from the International Wine Challenge). Despite our sake-newbieness, our favourite turned out to be the IWC Trophy Champion for 2011 (Nabeshima Daiginjo, 2010). The judges of the International Wine Challenge describe it as "Soft with a sweet, fruity aroma. On the palate the flavours are dry, earthy and nutty with hints of fresh stone fruits. The finish is long with warming alcohol and lift."
Our palate needed some re-education on everything about sake. I've always thought sake should be served warm but we learned a special tidbit from a Japanese girl who told us that warm sake is a sign of low quality. (more…)
Artrustee, an art consultancy company based in Tel Aviv, has invited me to review an exhibit of Israeli Art at the Gallery Soho last week. With more than 17 of the most prominent artists from Tel Aviv, the four-day exhibit confirms how exciting Tel Aviv's contemporary art scene is fast becoming. In Freedom of Expression: True Colours, the artists explore themes of identity, territory and sexual liberation with a particular focus on gay and lesbian issues.
Some of the artists that participated in the exhibit were: Raphael "Rafi" Perez, Dan Reisner,Ronit Yanizki, Ammon David Ar, Sichi Gilad, Uri Gershuni, Maya Kapelushnik, Howard Fox and so much more. Please read the article here and tell me what you think =) (more…)