Wednesday, July 14, 2010

one man show

next up at arrow factory: we're turning arrow factory into a tiny theater space by featuring puppet shows written, directed, and performed by artist wen peng. these small vignettes are about 10min each with subjects ranging from folk inspired allegories to dream-scapes. if you're in beijing this weekend, stop by and visit us around 8pm. each night's show will last about an hour. hope to see you then.

One-Man Theater

Wen Peng
one man, five nights, seven tales

2010.07.16-21 8pm
7.16 周五 FRI 20:00 - 20:15 盗墓者 The Grave Robber

20:20 - 20:35 梦里婚姻 A Wedding Dream

20:40 - 21:00 猎人 The Hunter
7.17 周六 SAT 20:00 - 20:15 动物的世界 Animal World

20:20 - 20:35 小武 Xiao Wu

20:40 - 21:00 乞丐 The Beggar
7.18 周日 SUN 20:00 - 21:00 观众最喜欢的两部戏+赶公猪的人
Audience choice: 2 of the most popular pieces from the previous nights) + The Swine Inseminator
7.19-20 周一,二
20:00 - 21:00 每天只表演观众最喜欢的三部戏
Audience choice (3 of the most popular pieces from the previous nights)

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Swell Times

If any of you find yourselves in Ho Chi Minh City, swing by San-Art Independent Artist Space and check out "Swell Times," an exhibition of two artists - myself and Kuala Lumpur (MY) based Roslisham Ismail aka ‘Ise’.

i'm showing a small fountain, some photos and a video of a new inflatable in progress! here's the official press release:

''Swell Times'
Artist: Roslisham Ismail aka Ise (Malaysia)
Rania Ho (China/USA)
Date: July 1 - August 5, 2010
Venue: San Art

‘Swell Times’ presents the work of two artists - Rania Ho based in Beijing (CN), and Kuala Lumpur (MY) based Roslisham Ismail aka ‘Ise’. This exhibition is an exploration of the ideas behind ‘perfection’. In our highly globalized world, visual information is ubiquitous, but context for the images (where taken, who by, and what it means) is not always fully communicated nor understood. Without these original contexts, new interpretations are projected upon these images, creating a fresh lexicon of ‘mashed up’ symbols made relevant for local conditions. ‘Swell Times’ interrogates these mixed signals and the underlying conflicts created by these new interpretations. For Rania and Ise, this piecemeal sensibility is particularly true in Asia, where adopted signs and symbols are often absorbed and (mis)understood. These unfamiliar visual symbols are re-framed into our own surroundings, twisting space and history into a multi-layered kaleidoscope. It compels those of us who live here to piece together our own connections, meanings and identities out of the swirling shards of information.

Working with found imagery, such as cosmetic surgery advertising, Ise presents a series of new collage works that explore social interactions and status through the machines people use and own. His work also examines the way character is increasingly determined by looks as opposed to ideas and aspirations. These comical, near sci-fi creatures are an amalgamation of objects, signs and symbols that ask questions of the nature of beauty, social relations and cultural stereotypes.

Rania Ho presents video documentation of a handmade inflatable garden, fabricated out of nylon fabric, and pumped up with air. This work in progress entitled ‘El Jiardino Aristocratica’ (The Aristocratic Garden) is a collection of temporary sculptures inspired by the connotations of status that accompanies highly groomed gardens of Europe. The video depicts ‘El Jiardino Aristocratica’ being inflated on a conspicuously manicured green patch in Beijing, which is next to a highway on-ramp. Along with the video is a small sculptural piece called ‘Fountain,’ a fountain created from mundane household items; and a series of photos entitled ‘Nature Photography’, depicting the flora and fauna found in Beijing’s public spaces just before the opening of the 2008 Olympic games. By poking fun at our admiration and judiciousness towards disciplining nature, Rania Ho questions how ideas of ‘perfection’ are formed.

‘El Jiardino Aristocratica’ is part of Rania Ho’s ongoing practice of handcrafting familiar objects out of low-cost, commonly found materials. Coupling new and old, with high and low technology, this garden pays tribute to the perhaps ‘inappropriate’ re-use of materials, creating new platforms for re-thinking what is ‘natural’ and ‘perfect’.