Casa Tomada @ Saatchi Gallery

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I must say I visit Saatchi gallery at least twice a year for its new exhibition, they have their new exhibition up approximately every six months to nine months. My brother must be my best buddy to visit galleries; you know as you grow a little older you rarely spend quality times with your siblings but more with your friends.  I do appreciate and treasure every single moment that I spend with my brother. Both of us have some kind of art background studied either up to A-level or degree level, so we admire and appreciate the wonderful art culture that London brings.

Have to say, biggest regret I didn’t go was not to to Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition this year. Make it a must for 2015!

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Our aim was to visit Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America exhibition. I have to say sometimes you don’t get to understand each artist’s work at all, but just try to allow yourself to understand or intepretate what that art brings to you. This is the interesting part of admiring art, not everyone has the same intepretation.

The highlight of this exhibition to me, indeed, are the Casa Tomada by Rafael Gómezbarros, the website/guide says…

Casa Tomada, the work makes a very particular reference to a short story by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar, in which the inhabitants of a large mansion become invaded by elusive presences announced solely by muted sounds. In the context of these public art interventions, the metaphor reminds the viewer what Cortázar himself declared shortly before passing away: unless a country buries its dead, they will always be remembered as ghosts in the attic.

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When you look at these sculptures and doesn’t even think of anything but wow, this look is well amazing! or with people stand in front of it and make scared expression.  However, when you discovered the meaning behind this work… and now when I look at it, I began to understand a little more of what the artist was trying to tell us.

… assembling of two human skull casts as if the Santa Marta-born artist were attempting to summon death in life… is to address the plight of millions of displaced people who constitute the invisible but pervasive mass of immigrants crossing the planet… tribute to thousands of Colombians who suffered internal displacement and violent deaths as casualties of the armed conflict that wreaked havoc in the country for the most part of the last fifty years…

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….on a side note, will you want to be an ant ?

Ferro Rocher tree

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i m sure wedding planning will be a headache, my best friend requested me to make her a ferro rocher tree for her sweet table centre piece and there i was, made it slowly using the free times that i have got over the weekend…

something you need…
150mm polyethylene ball
golden tissue paper (of course this depends on your plant base colour)
a wooden dwell 12 or 15 mm
a plant pot
some plaster mixture

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#1 cut the golden paper into a 9inch circle

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#2 with the foam ball, poke a hole using your dowel. Use scissor to start off a hole then poke the dowel in to get a well fitted hole. And cut the gold tissue into 8 wedges too.

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#3 using pvc glue and stick the gold tissue paper onto the foam ball.

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#4 and make sure you do a coat of glue all over the whole foam ball. let it stick on the dowel to dry off. This takes a day at least.

#5 when the foam ball is dry.. you can do the plaster bit in the pot. mix the plaster mixture accordingly to the packet, pour it into the pot, put your dowel inside and the trick to keep it straight is either to hand the dowel straight using some accessories or do my easiest method, using tape and stick it all four and keep it straight. leave to set overnight.

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#8 when the plaster are dry, next step will be to poke a toothpick into the ferro rocher, poke it to the point that it just got to the chocolate shell, this is the best point it holds the toothpick.

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#9 first find the centre point, poke one chocolate in.. and gradually work your round it, forming a straight line. And on the second row, poke the chocolate in between the earlier one…. repeat until done.

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#10 voila. =)

Ai Weiwei – Evidence

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I was in Berlin end of May and randomly walked past Martin-Gropius-Bau, until I got back to hotel and decide what to do next few days that my friend and I goes, let’s go to Ai Weiwei’s exhibition. We probably cannot see this in London nor in Hong Kong China, might as well take the opportunity, right?

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Modernism is the original creation of enlightened human beings, it is the ultimate observation of the meaning of existence and the misery of reality; it keeps a wary eye on society and power; it never makes compromises and never cooperates.
Ai Weiwei 1997 (quoted from “Ai Weiwei – Der verbotene Blog”, Galiani: Berlin, 2011)

Despite all the incredible hostility shown him in his own country Ai Weiwei decided to put on his largest one-man exhibition yet in Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau. On 3,000 square metres in 18 rooms and the spectacular Lichthof he will be displaying works and installations which were either designed for the Martin-Gropius-Bau or have not yet been shown in Germany.

The name he has given to his exhibition is “Evidence”, a term well known beyond the English-speaking world from American TV crime series in the meaning of proof that will stand up in court. It is a political exhibition that Ai Weiwei has designed for Berlin in his simple and spacious studio in the rural outskirts of Beijing.
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IMG_9414The exhibition allows me to understand the troubles that one artist might encounter. And how Ai Weiwei has turn this into an art in itself. Also, amazed at his creativity mindset by turning the politicial issues in the form art.  How dare devil he is, to go against the people up there…  each piece of art represent some recent politicial issues that Ai Wei wei want us to understand and stand up to speak against… It may not totally relate to anyone outside of China, but yet it is something important to take note or be aware of, even as a general citizen. 

I will encourage you to go and see this if you’re in Berlin, exhibition ends on 13th July 2014.

Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin
Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin [Map]
Tel +49 30 254 86-0
Fax +49 30 254 86-107
post@gropiusbau.de

The London Original Print Fair 2014

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The London Original Print Fair 2014

With my limited awareness to the exhibitions or fair world, I did not even aware of this Original Print Fair until this year! What have I been missing all these past years?? And come on, to the beloved brother who does graphic illustration in university… this fair was closely linked to graphic art side of work. How could he not know about this?

Firstly, must thank Jealous Gallery in Crouch End for offering me the complimentary ticket to attend this Print Fair. This fair really did opened my eyes once again, after attending the Art14 of big art world work, then the AFF 2014 for the more connected to daily life work to this fair. The work avaliable varies from silk screen prints, graphic prints, wood cut prints, litho prints, etching prints… some of which i have touched at secondary school. It really amazed me how some of the etching prints were very detailed!! I noticed one Japanese art print work was hang on last year’s Summer exhibition too.. but oops, i forgot its name!!!! And honestly, I was quite surprised how artists’ work were like… i felt inspired, yet, I do wonder what have i really taken away from this exhibition?? mmm….

Although is not something I can easily do with, printing at home, but I feel inspired and happy to see how wonderful London is on promotion art work and still is…  this is what makes London special!

Afforable Art Fair Battersea Spring 2014

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After Art14 London, I was lucky enough to have got given some private view tickets (from James Freeman Gallery) to this Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring 2014. I have totally have enjoyed this art fair, on a personal note, I felt that the works are a lot more connected to my daily life and approachable…. or perhaps more similar to what i have once worked with in my art studies. My buddy pointed out that i like landscape work more, which is true… i do prefer landscapes but yet i did find some other work interesting too!

I love how I discovered a lot of new emerging artists names. After the exhibition, I went on and google search these few artists that got me interested. One of them was David Hinchliffe and another one i particularly love was this illustration alike work from Call me frank. I guess both of which are the style of work that i admire…

If anyone is interested in art and want to get inspired, I would definitely encourage you to attend this event in AAF Fall 2014.