for months now i’ve been threatening to do new posts. empty threats, thats all they turned out to be. coming on to do this one, all i can see is the drafts of previous posts that i have incomplete (tears). i’ve been to london, shanghai and beijing several times but still. this one will happen and you will know because you will be reading it lol before i come down in the summer. i guess i have to start going backwards in time by posting the more recent first and then its well, back to the future.
so last weekend (june 6th) we stayed overnight in beijing mainly because a friend of ours was on her last ‘hurrah’ because her beijing contract was up and she was returning to jamaica. so, it was good to say goodbye and take in some other stuff including shopping and of course, the new works at ’798′. if you do come to beijing (and i extend an open invitation) then that is one place that you must go.
while saying ‘goodbye’ to kerry-ann was our primary reason for being in beijing, it was also an opportunity to visit the 798 art zone. i have said this before, but rather than have you look up previous blogs:
:798 art zone, dashanzi, chaoyang district beijing
798 was a factory area which was converted to become an art zone. the area is huge and abuzz every day, of every week, but particularly on weekends.
the galleries and workspaces vary but there are many really cavernous galleries. ai wei wei has a studio there i believe.
international shows are easily found and last weekend there was david hockney’s last set of work ‘wold gate woods’, created on his iPad… yes, an iPad. the sizes are not small. it is interesting because the near 80 year old hockney has the foresight to embrace new technology.
its a pity that i didn’t know before going to the exhibition that these were done on an iPad. i would have given the pieces greater inspection as to detail. but standing in viewing distance, i never thought that these were created on a iPad. one wonders how that is going to shape painting (painting w/o paint). hm.
i can tell you tho that they seemed incredible in terms of color and detail.
there were also some videos, which is something we artists all now have to think of. that is, not using video to merely document our work, but it being a medium in itself. and i had thought i had left my nearly 12 years of film-making behind.
:and of course, like any where else in the world, no photo opportunity is missed. dawn and her friend jennifer (her english name) who lives in beijing
but hockney wasn’t the only big guy in town, so to speak, even though no one else was there on such a large scale. there was wei wei’s new exhibition but
also in town was yousuf karsh, a photographer well known for his portraits. his best wasn’t here an edit was only a small exhibition in a much smaller but intimate gallery, shared with a group of international artists.
truly, it would take at least 3 days of serious viewing to really get a grasp of the place. luckily, there are restaurants and other distractions to give you breather.
depending on which entrance or exit you choose, (i believe there are at least 4 main entrances), there is this gallery operated by this fame chinese artist. i have to admit that i have completely forgotten his name at the moment and might have it in a prior piece. if not i will get it and post it.
but it is always a stop for us because the stuff in there is always being continuously updated.
and finally, what kind of trip to beijing would i have if i did not stop at silk street. especially knowing how much you guys enjoy the shoes
:at silk street, chaoyang district, beijing