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Artist Stella Lai in Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

Stella Lai installation @ F2 Gallery, Beijing

In 2005, the ASU Art Museum presented the first solo museum exhibition of the work of artist Stella Lai, an exhibition titled Let’s Stop Pretending (http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/lai).

Lai has a current solo exhibition which opened last weekend at F2 Gallery in Beijing, for which I was fortune to have been invited to write an essay for the exhibition catalogue – an 80 page publication that includes an interview conducted by Danielle Shang, with all text presented in English and translated into Chinese.  I thought I would share these installation images from the current exhibition which Lai shared with me.

In talking to Bradley McCallum last week during our installations, it turns out F2 Gallery is the same space that premiered Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry oil on canvas and toner on silk series, many of which are featured in the current ASU Art Museum exhibition of the Weithorn’s collection. (http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/theothermainstreamII)

— Curator John

October 3, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Jurying in Utah

Spiral Jetty, 2008

Spiral Jetty, 2008

I have just returned from Salt Lake City where I was invited by the Utah Arts Council to be a juror for the Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition, which is scheduled to open October 17 at the Rio Gallery.  The quality and number of works submitted to the call made the process extremely enjoyable.  I departed for Salt Lake City a few days early, making an extended weekend with my wife and two month old son.  On Sunday we ventured up to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, so I thought I would share the view.  Apparently, as you can see from the image, my wife and I enjoyed the experience a bit more than our son!

— Curator John

October 2, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Video Project Space @ Aqua Art Miami

As I return from paternity leave for the birth of my son I thought I would send an update on some recent activities.  I was contacted in April and invited by one of the directors of Aqua Art Miami, one of the major art fairs that take place in Miami the first weekend of December (this year Dec. 2-7), to curate a video project space for their Wynwood location.  Of course I was honored and accepted immediately.

 

Over the past couple of months I used my network of video artists to connect with new video artists, culminating in my contacting over 425 individual artists and inviting them to submit work for review.  The results were amazing!  I received over 1,200 works to review and spent much time during my leave reviewing the work, sneaking viewing times as the boy napped and in late evenings.

 

Through the process I have discovered so many artists for whom I had previously been unaware, selecting ten artists whose work will be included in the project to be titled I’m Keeping an Eye on You.  I was also fortunate to find so many artists for consideration of future group and solo exhibitions, so I will be contacting many of them and keeping you up to date.

 

The exhibition I’m Keeping an Eye on You will include the works of international artists Mounira Al Solh, Rachel Garfield, Charlotte Ginsborg, Pia Greschner, Myung-Soo Kim, Yaron Lapid, Jeff Luckey, Johnna MacArthur, Michael Mohan, and Corinna Schnitt.  It will be presented as a single-channel projected loop in Miami before expanding into a full exhibition that is scheduled to open at the ASU Art Museum in early August of 2009.

 

More complete details will be placed on the ASU Art Museum website in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here is a link to the Aqua Art Miami website with details on the fair: http://aquaartmiami.com

 

— Curator John

September 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm

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