Friday, August 29, 2008

Solo Exhibition in Shanghai.

I am very pleased to announce my first solo exhibition in China will be open on September 13, 2008 at 3pm at Kunst.Licht Gallery in Shanghai. The exhibition will run through November 30th. If you happen to be in Shanghai, please check out the show.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Where is Pingyao?

Pingyao City Wall

The famous Red Lanterns

I have been asked quite a few times about Pingyao recently? That’s because the 2008 Pingyao International Photography Festival is next month and it is the largest photo festival in China. Last year, Robert Frank’s exhibition at the festival became an national news, even more dramatically, Frank had fainted for a short while in a local restaurant at the festival. It was steamy hot and he ordered hot and sour soup (YUM). This year’s festival will include exhibitions by ICP. Contact Image, National Geography, etc., as well as many Chinese and foreign galleries. My friend Amy Elkins will have a solo exhibition and Amy Stein will be in a group show in the festival, I expect to see more familia names from the US. My work from Chinese Sentiment will also be included in a group show titled “Gazing China.”, my Shanghai gallery Kunst.Licht will show my Almost Naked series in the festival as well.

So where is Pingyao? It is at the center of Shanxi province. The city is established in BC 782, and was rebuilt and expanded in 1370 during Ming Dynasty. The walled ancient city is especially known for its architecture, both the 12 miles long wall around the city and the local houses. One of my favorite movie, Zhang Yimou’s Raising the Red Lantern was filmed in Pingyao. As I was told, all photographs will be hang in the original ancient houses, this just sounds too cool to be true. Anyway, I will go to Pingyao in two weeks and I am full of curiosity.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Writing on Almost Naked

A few months ago, I got contacted by writer Marc Nieson for getting permission to write some of my portraits from Almost Naked, creatively not critically. Marc Nieson is a novelist and a screenwriter who won Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Venice Film Festival for his screenplay The Speed of Life, he also teaches at Chatham University for the MFA Creative Writing.

The writing on my work is initially commissioned by Silver Eye Center for Photography and Sherrie Flick as part of their "Point of View" programming. Here is two pieces of wonderful writing on two of my portraits. I am truly honored and love the pieces. It is refreshing to read stories of the pictures I have made, they stirs my memory a little bit.

The Pomegranate

So, what should I say?

One day even this will embarrass you, no
doubt. My dress, thick as drawing room
curtains yet just as revealing, your school
uniform with its creases of confusion. All like
some tapestry. Some tableau.

Perhaps Hamlet said it best — words, words,
words. Sumptuous, forbidden, divulge,
indulge. I’ll spare you the seasons of details.
Mostly, it’s not what you think. Let alone what
you’d ask. Of your father, you already know. At
least what’s felt necessary. Perhaps I’ve been
wrong to say so little. Certainly it’s ripe for that
talk too, but not today. All in due moments, I
promise.

The world is often halved. Our eyes typically
reveal less than our gestures. It’s all a pose. A
drama. Take note of the frame.

What else? Yes, take a big bite.There are many
seeds.


Room Service

That’s all I really wanted. Someplace warm for
the night. A room with a number, and tiny
mints on each pillow. Bible in the drawer.
Doesn’t seem so much to ask for, at least
tonight. Or that shoe store up the block with
the $10 sale. They’ll open at noon.

Outside it’s raining, not that you can tell. High
school was so easy, eight periods a day. Now
I’m between beds with this ocean in my head.
Still feeling kind of queasy. Footsteps next
door. They make it all sound so simple.
Directions you can follow written on the wall.
Do not disturb. Leave the towels on the floor.
In case of emergency, head for the stairs.

And in the morning it’s the maids who’ll come
knocking. They’ll clean up your mess, then roll
down the hall. I won’t speak their language,
won’t know from where they came. Maybe
they’ve got infants at home, maybe not. Maybe
I won’t go to hell.


-Marc Nieson

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Christian The Lion.


If you haven't seen this story, it is absolutely beautiful and touching. Especially when you also have pet(s) of your own, you will totally understand how wonderful that feeling is like.  The power of unconditioned love!  I just thought I would like to share this sweet moment with all of you. Go get some Kleenex!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Go! Beijing!

Last night’s 2008 Beijing Olympic Game Opening Ceremony was absolutely spectacular! I got shiver as I watched how total 2008 drummers collectively mimic an enormous LED display screen and made the most creative and dramatic countdown I’ve ever seen. The whole show was just FANTABULOUS! Zhang Yimou is truly an artist and he made Chinese proud! It was like watching a Zhang Yimou movie; all the lights, effects and music were placed perfectly. And the firework was breathtaking even from my TV. I am so pound of China!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

2-person show at Randall Scott Gallery

Lori, 2008. © Shen Wei

Part of Randall Scott Gallery's summer exhibition series Eight, the 2-person show of Alexandra Catiere and I will start on August 9th and runs through August 22nd. If you are in the area, please check out the exhibitions.