Honored to be included in SGCI portfolio exhibition AFTER THE COLLAPSE with Michael Barnes, Marcin Bialas, Mark Bovey, Sean Caulfield, Katy Collier, Nicholas Dowgwillo, Ana Fernandez, Oscar Gillespie, Agata Gertchen, Orit Hofshi, Tim Musso, Goedele Peeters, Endi Poskovic, Brett Schieszer, Tanja Softic, Evan Summer, Ruth Weisberg
Anselm Kiefer: “Ruins, for me, are the beginning. With the debris, you can construct new ideas. They are symbols of a beginning.” This portfolio is about the inherent possibilities that come after the breakdown of a system, entity, or organism. The debris and ruins resulting can be fertile ground for new iterations of the original, or a complete metamorphosis. The cyclical process of collapse and rebirth mirrors the structure of the Terminus, expanding and contracting in a constant state of transformation.
This week of December 17, 2012, I have been a visiting artist at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts. My friend, artist Chen Qi, whom I have exhibited with in several survey exhibitions in China and Europe, invited me to visit his studio. Chen Qi’s work in printmaking is the most fascinating I have seen in China, and I would say, anywhere. Using large, custom made sheets of hand-made paper, Chen prints by rubbing ukiyo-e style using water based inks without printing press. Each print presented here was produced applying over 100 individual woodblocks. He pulled out many of his prints and blocks. It was just wonderful to see this great work in person.
Many of my recent lithographic images utilize freehand tusche-wash applications in the areas of sky, an approach quite different from the treatment of the lower part of the image, which is usually a combination of careful design consisting of digital bit-mapping, transferring, effacing as well as various other additive and subtractive drawing methods. In many ways, the amalgamation of the two has allowed for a range of dichotomous representations to form: those that depicts composite narratives, appropriated and invented terrains coupled with various structural forms, and the other that are suggestive of open spaces, such as skies, clouds, rain, water. Both are, in fact, pure inventions.
installation view of woodcut titled Hälfteberg (Two), state III, together with color wood blocks, both featured in the exhibition “We Were All – Endi Poskovic: Printworks”at Rockefeller Art Center Marion Gallery
I am back to China this week as a visiting artist and a guest of the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts. This is my third trip to China this year, and I cannot help but think of great many food stands one encounters traveling through this extraordinary country. Food culture In China developed over the course of several thousands of years and many different cultures impacted the cuisine. This particular selection of images is not your typical breakfast food, but visually, it is mind-boggling and I could not resist not posting it. Bon appetite!