The group exhibition runs from 27th December 2015 through 26th January 2016
December 14th, 2015
November 22nd, 2015
November 15th, 2015
September 22nd, 2015
My first solo exhibition in Beijing opens this Sunday, 27th September. It's a book and photo installation inspired by living in the unique conditions of China today. Conditions which have me looking at censorship in other places, particularly my home country, where 'freedom of information' has never really been free.
Opening is this Sunday at Meridian Space, a gallery/performance venue behind Beijing's National Museum.
This exhibition is part of Beijing Design Week.
July 9th, 2015
Sneak peek at a series in progress.
Windows are barriers, lattices, screens. They keep out enemies, the hot and cold, and they shut us in.
These Cyanotype murals are views of rooms in China where pivotal people stayed, slept, and worked to change the country's future. The window paintings are all diptychs: they portray the perspectives of those inside them, and those of us peering in from outside.
In Mandarin, the polite way to say '[western] foreigner' is "outside country person", which hints at the historic insulation of the country. Foreign perspectives of China – those from outside - are inherently incomplete. These dual views of the same window show how different the opposing sides appear of what is inherently the same structure.
Painting in progress: Office Window of the Great Dictator, from the Outside
Cyanotype chemicals are pale green when first painted, then darken as they dry, and turn blue in the sunlight.
Finished prints, Office Window of the Great Dictator
Visible are silhouettes of his calligraphy, which was surprisingly refined.
June 9th, 2015
In Beijing, we have reliable sunlight only half the year. To make my blueprints, I need strong sunlight and no rain. In spring, the pressure is on to create work which I've designed over the winter.
Below: a video of Cyanotype printing on the rooftop of my studio, illustrating the process from fresh painting (the photochemicals are green) to quickly layering negatives before they are exposed to the sun and turn blue.
Best played with sound off -
May 2nd, 2015
April 9th, 2015
October 18th, 2014
Cyanotype mural in 50 pieces, mounted on canvas.
Printed on Idin Paper. 1.5 x 2 m, 2014
New China straddles the old.
Thousands of words in white overlap in blue: Korean, English, Chinese. A reflection of the many languages spoken in this port city.
Cyanotypes are painted in the dark,
June 24th, 2014
Summer in Beijing is here. Skies are clear, blue and bright.
Writing has taken a back seat to enjoying life and art in this hectic city.
Model from acupuncture shop, Beijing. Study for a series of large-scale photos, a meditation on censorship in the US called Soft Power, to be exhibited at Meridian Space Beijing in 2015