FANTASTICAL CREATURES BY GUO FENGYI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Guo Fengyi’s ink drawings of fantastical creatures are completely alive, as might be expected from an artist whose work began with studies of qi, or life-energy. Fengyi was born in Xi’an, central China, in 1942. She obtained her high school diploma in 1962 and found work in a rubber factory. However, severe bouts of arthritis forced her to give up her career at the age of thirty-nine. She turned to alternative medicine in the hope of alleviating her symptoms, and found a new spiritual path in Qi Gong.

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She started experiencing visions in 1989, as a result of which she produced large numbers of drawings, first on the backs of pages from calendars, then later on rice paper. She worked with Indian ink and brushes, producing works up to five metres long, drawn with no initial plan in mind, discovering her own creation as she worked. The multitude of delicate lines form ghostly figures, dragons, phoenixes, and faces, sometimes interwoven, smiling and serene or terrifying and monstrous.

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A WORLD OF UNEXPECTED BY SHANG CHENGXIANG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chinese artist Shang Chengxiang’s compositions have a realistic foundation in which he inserts surreal, thick colored clouds, leaving you to interpret the limit among consciousness and unconsciousness. Dream plays a crucial role in his works. Psychedelic colors, absurd settings, lunar landscapes, his paintings are overflowing by imagination.

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His paintings are often a mixture of memories of his dreams and pondering of his reality and things that are in between. The colorful cloud smoke in his “Cloud Path” series derive from the rainbow-color forest that once appeared in his dream; many drafts and attempts later, the artist couldn’t recreate the scene, the illusionary quality of dreams started to sink into Chengxiang’s mind.

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Combining colors with clouds in his paintings, together with surreal and dream like images, Shang Chengxiang leads his audiences to a world of unexpected. He compares this illusionary quality of dreams to the evaporating quality of cloud and smoke, both temporary and unobtainable.

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Splatter Ink Cheetah by Hua Tunan of EDGE Creative Collective

Chen Yingjie, aka Hua Tunan finished a large cheetah mural titled, “Splatter Ink Cheetah”. With its rich colors and details combining various techniques, Tunan is becoming a well recognized Chinese street artist that borrows from both the East and the West to redefine his own style.

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Hua Tunan’s website

Watch on HBO – VICE episode 13: American Scrap & Children of the Drones with correspondents, David Choe and Suroosh Alvi

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Watch David Choe scour through Detroit and Cleveland with folks Scrapping to survive.  People are literally ripping apart old schools, homes, hospitals and factories for raw materials to sell to local scrap yards for cash. Scrap metal being one of the biggest US exports to China, has an interesting life cycle that often starts from places like Detroit and Cleveland.  David Choe as correspondent for VICE explores the situation on the ground and looks into the life cycle of scrap metal “from the people who risk their lives to find it, to the yards that buy it, all the way to the Chinese traders who take it back home to build their economy”.

VICE episode 13 will air Friday, March 28th, 8PM EST/ 11PM PST on HBO and available HBO On Demand starting March 29th, 2014.

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Liu Bolin: The invisible artist

Since 2005, performance artist Liu Bolin pursues the art of disappearing in plain sight. His installations of optical  illusions are a collaborative effort, where he becomes the canvas for others to paint until he becomes invisible. Take a look:
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Liu Bolin through the eyes of JR’s mural

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Via the Citrus Report

Ai Wei Wei’s remote installation on Alcatraz finalized and expected to open Next fall

We are excited by the latest news about San Francisco gallerist, Cheryl Haines’  organizing a site-specific installation on Alcatraz by  the prominent Chinese activist-artist, Ai Weiwei. Ai, who is forbidden from leaving China, has been commissioned by the For-Site Foundation, which will help develop a 6 part installation on the Rock, based on information Haines has delivered to his studio in Beijing.  “At Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz,” which will touch on the history of imprisonment on the island, will run from Sept. 27, 2014, through April 26, 2015. They are anticipating at least 1.5million views of the free show based on the number of visitors who visit the island each year.

Site specific installation will take place at various parts of the island that are like this:

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