Thursday, May 29, 2008

Other, Other...

© InJoo Whang

I have received a 2008 New York City/Urban Artist Initiative Fellowship and will be included in OTHER, OTHER... an exhibition features works by 18 artists and represent a sampling of 2007 and 2008 UAI/NYC recipients visual arts and media. The exhibition will be open on June 4, 2008 and will be view through August 7th at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Little things in life.

© Rosalind Solomon

While I was waiting at the acupuncturist's office the other day, the woman behind reception desk pulled out a mirror in front of herself and adjusted  three needles on her head while taking an appointment, very stress free.

When I was at gym today, a spandex-loving man on a TriMill next to me was shouting at the TV, he explains that someone inside TV turned down a $330,000 offer from the banker on the show Deal or Not Deal.  He said to me: "This show really can pump you up while you are running."

Both occasions I do not have my camera with me :-( 

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Limited Edition on Humble Arts Foundation.

Humble Arts Foundation is a non-for-profit arts foundation that supports emerging fine art photographers. I am participating their Limited Edition on-line store to support the foundation. The print has edition of 10 and sell for the very reasonable price of $395. Click here to see the detail.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pray for China.

I was in a shopping mall in Shanghai when the earthquake hit.  I felt a bit dizzy at the time, but soon realized something bad has had happened when I saw thousands of people jammed on the street.

 I am back to New York City safely.  Thank all my friends who called and emailed me to see if I am OK.    My heart goes out to all the survivors who lost family members, friends and homes in Sichuan Province.  Let's all pray for the victims of this tragic.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Beijing Surprise!

© Shen Wei

I am on the way home to Shanghai from Beijing.  The four days short trip in Beijing might be the highlight of this China trip.  Beijing is quite an amazing city.  I saw Tiananmen Square for the first time, was so excited, it is even more spectacular than I imagined.  798 Art Zone is also a must-see place in Beijing for art lovers, most galleries are showing Chinese themed work.

Beijing people are extremely nice, I love to listen as they talk to each other with their Beijing style Mandarin.  On Tuesday, I attended a Photo Camp organized by Ren Yue, a photographer and a teacher from Renmin University of China where I also gave a lecture the day before.  The event was held in Canon Communication Space, more than 60 photographers showed up, look at selected work and exchange self-made books, the atmosphere was absolutely touching; I really appreciate the generous and passionate charisma of Beijing people.

Worth mentioning is my fabulous hotel.  A traditional courtyard style hotel in old Beijing Hutong outside the Forbidden City.  The entire hotel is decorated just as hundred years ago, brick heated bed, wood carved furniture, China tea sets and the embroidered silk bed wears.  It reminded me so much about my childhood when I slipped myself into those smooth silk bed sheets.  

Before I leave Beijing, I had chance to visit Century City (世纪城), a resident area in the north of the city.  Hundreds of slick, clean cut, and color coordinated high rising buildings neatly positioned by each other.  This place had been a very popular photography site; it is appeared in quite a few well-known western photographers’ work.  Very interesting and impressive site to visit.