Monday, November 10, 2014

Faces and Traces - Grand Gateway - Shanghai

A selection of two-dimensional work was put on display at the Grand Gateway mall in Shanghai as a satellite exhibition included in the Face & Traces event. A massive facade of the the Swatch Art Peace Hotel encased the exhibition of artists' works, portraits, and swatch product. Each of the artists' faces were set inside faux brick walls matching that of the hotels interior. 

The Faces & Traces exhibition opened last week at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel on the Bund with a a three day event filled with press junkets, ribbon cutting, free merchandise, and tours. The event celebrated the Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency Program's third year in existence. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Faces & Traces - Event Openning - Swatch Art Peace Hotel - Shanghai

Photo credit Swatch

The Swatch Art Peace Hotel celebrated the three year anniversary of their international artist in residency program. The lucky fifteen of us who currently reside at the residency were able to open our studio doors and share our work with the public. Swatch released this swanky video: 

Painting on the Bund with my lonely bodyguard.

Collette Fu's giant popup book.

Current artists posing with Swatch Staff.
Monitors displaying each artist currently in resident.
Each attendee was given free Swatch watches. 
Each artist received a profile spread.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Yu Yuan Gardens (豫园, Yù Yuán) - Shanghai

I flew back into Shanghai a Thursday afternoon. Walking out of the metro station I was surprised to find the weather had turned quite cool in my absence. Fall is the best season to be a tourist. My first fall morning in Shanghai was spent exploring the five acre sprawl of the Suzhou style Yu Yuan Gardens. 

Yù Yuán is located in the Old City area of Shanghai--only a metro stop south from my station,
Originally built during the Ming dynasty, the structure has been damaged, rebuilt, and repurposed throughout the centuries. Currently, the grounds are divided into six sections. Each separated by Chinese-style dragons. Their tiled bodies decorating the tops of section walls.