Tuesday, August 14, 2012


why do an artist talk (*yawn) when you can make dumplings (*yippee!) instead?

sheep races

last weekend i was in moffat, scotland visiting a friend and watching sheep races. yes, indeed. they raced clueless and stupid sheep from one end of the main street to the other with stuffed jockey dolls velcro-ed onto the backs of each sheep. people were cheering, putting down bets and a lot of sheep themed mayhem ensued (mostly in the form of a mechanical sheep-bull, and an inflatable bouncy castle for kids). cruel and unusual? you be the judge. it was ke-ray-zee scottish antics. you want to watch a video of the racing sheep, don't you? of course you do.


yesterday i had quite possibly the worst sandwich i've ever eaten in my life: brie, cranberry, butter, cucumbers and tomato on a soft roll of what looked like wheat bread, but was definitely not. soft, with no chew, nor crust, the bread could not hold its shape and started to fall apart from the first bite. the contents were lifeless and gooey, not to mention warm. the cranberry slapped in as an afterthought, only highlighted the offensive butter on cheese combo. butter and cheese were in there in equal ratios. yuck.

i thought the sandwich was invented on this island.

Friday, August 10, 2012

sign of the times

this was probably the best road sign i have seen in a long time.

i also walked to the botanical gardens

and saw crazy foliage.

i also baked some bread.

There was a great Philip Guston exhibition inside the gardens at Inverleith House. let's not discuss the bad theater that i saw as part of the fringe festival.  Then I ate some curry.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012


oh and by the way, i found my camera!

scottish cake

i'm doing a residency at the edinburgh sculpture workshop. got here 6 days ago. beautiful new building. amazing people and suddenly, blue skies after 4 days of pouring rain. now there's stunning landscape and light. the photo above was taken about a 10 min walk from where i'm staying. wah!

here are some highlights from the last few days:

- cries of sea gulls overhead heard first thing in the morning, every morning
- smells of the sea
- saw a rat mouse under the sink
- took an amazing walk in the rain
- ate cake for lunch
- made sourdough bread
- computer died
- made some little drawings
- borrowed a computer from some very generous friends (through some amazing tweeting to get the thing delivered over here)
- realized that the fringe festival is a trade show
- walked to the pier and saw people catching mackerel 
- saw this performance at 10:30am in the morning (which was fun, i recommend it if you are here at the fringe)
- ate lemon cake off a plate decorated with the union jack

what's with the cake here? i've never seen/eaten so much cake. i've been offered cake at lunchtime; cake at dinnertime; this morning at the 10.30am performance, the crew was offering scones with butter and jam to audience members before the show. i took one look at that massive lump of dough and thought, "euuh," and had some strong tea instead. 

as you can see, everything is going well. even having no computer for a few days was (slightly distressing, but ultimately) refreshing. no distractions. really what a residency should be. looking forward to 2 more weeks. aaaahhhhhh. 

oh, and here's me making clichéd stick art, and then doing my best imitation of the stick art that i made. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

no photos

hello world. i lost my camera two days ago. i'm very sad. in an attempt to make up for my carelessness, let me tell you about the photos i lost.

We had been on a southern sojourn to shenzhen, guangzhou and hong kong. we took a 24-hour train to the south from beijing. We went to a 50th birthday party on a yacht that meandered in a loop around hong kong island. everyone was dressed as pirates and sailors. there were some beautiful costumes of explorers and sea farers from days gone by. there was a pair of platform shoes with plastic fish in the heels, maidens in corsets, eye patches and inflatable swords. we dressed as makeshift sailors. we went swimming in the sea. i'm so depressed that these photos are gone. they were beautifully funny. of course since it was hong kong, the costumes melted off 30 minutes into the trip. the humidity quickly took its toll, but i managed to capture a few of those initial glorious moments. now i have lost them again.

we went to an art exhibition, but i didn't take any photos there.

We went to a factory town called chang'an. in chang'an we were driven around in a minivan by a mafia boss. he was free to chaperone us that morning, but later that afternoon he would go pick up some extortion money. our friend, who is an artist, was his neighbor while growing up. they both still live in that same town; their lives branching off into polar opposite directions, but with roots intertwined.

The mafia boss drove with pop music pumping and took us to see abandoned factories overgrown with weeds. we went to see fishing villages that have traded the bark used to cover their homes for corrugated steel. the structure of the homes, hovering over the water on stilts, was the same, only a material change of light green ribbed paneling is different. we went to ancestral temples where the faces of the gods were clearly modeled after actual citizens. we saw mosaic tiles covering apartment blocks, endearing in their sense of aspiration. at some point while we were driving around the mafia boss turned to our friend and asked why we'd want to see such strange things. the mafia boss suggested going to a park to see the scenery, but our friend didn't take his advice.

we went to eat food from what is supposedly my hometown, although i've never been there. I took photos of Shunde homestyle cooking to show my dad. There was a small delicate fish that was dried and then re-steamed. There was a light green leafy vegetable whose veins glowed a shade of purple. there was soup that tasted of my grandmother's cooking (although she wasn't from Shunde). there was homemade tofu with a small pinch of pork stuffed into it. a photo is really a poor substitute for tasting this food, so perhaps having no photos is ok. I'll have to tell my dad about it instead of lazily showing him.

i went to an art fair, but didn't take any photos there either.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

kitchen project

wang wei and i are off to manchester soon for the Kitchen Project. we're taking some lessons that we learned in cooking classes here in beijing and transmitting the information to a few lucky hosts in Manchester. We have no idea who the hosts will be- it's being organized in secret by our collaborators, Quarantine. We're just going to turn up at a complete stranger's house, walk straight into the kitchen and start cooking and chatting. should be wacky fun. we'll be keeping track of the project on this blog. tune in and see what transpires:


What does it mean to make and share a meal?
What’s actually being traded in “cultural exchanges”?
From Saturday February 25th until Thursday March 1st 2012 two artists from Beijing, Rania Ho and Wang Wei, will explore these questions and more by roving around Manchester teaching cookery classes in people’s homes. Classes will cover various topics from basic knife techniques, to step-by-step instruction on a selection of tasty dishes. They will bring all the necessary materials and tools, and improvise when necessary. Participants should provide them with full access to their kitchens.
The class is free, but class sizes are limited as they will be hands-on with participants preparing and sampling multiple dishes during the 3-hour long session.
Kitchen Project is a collaboration between Quarantine and artists Rania Ho and Wang Wei, commissioned by Chinese Arts Centre. Ho and Wang are installation artists who experiment in various mediums - Ho with transforming common household products and Wang creating pseudo-architectural forms. Ho and Wang are also two of the co-founders of Arrow Factory, one of Beijing’s most intriguing storefront art spaces.
Kitchen Project plays with ideas about tourism, authenticity and food to delve into an exploration of the term “cultural exchange”.
Since 2006 Quarantine has been in creative conversation with Ho and Wang, and over the last few years they have made bread, met musicians, pawn brokers, refugees, the people responsible for branding Manchester and many more. This upcoming project opens their ongoing conversation to the general public where the artists will act as “hosts” in the transmission of some simple cultural and culinary knowledge. Rania Ho and Wang Wei are not professionally trained chefs - they are visual artists who enjoy cooking. All their knowledge was gained through learning from others.
Kitchen Project Details:
No fee – free of charge.
CLASS SIZES: Limited to 6 persons
CLASS DURATION: Approximately 3 hours
DATES: Saturday 25th February – Thursday 1st March 2012.
TIMES: Flexible – daytime or evening. Class times can be adjusted to fit any schedule.
PLACES: Wherever you live – must be within Greater Manchester.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

lee kit

Hi all, there's new work up at Arrow Factory. if you're in the neighborhood, swing by. a fab new installation by Lee Kit. you'll thank me for it. i swear.

It’s Not An Easy Thing 
Lee Kit

February 5 – March 25, 2012
Arrow Factory is pleased to announce a new installation by Hong Kong artist Lee Kit. Taking the form of an imagined music shop from the 1980s, “It’s Not An Easy Thing” is both an elegiac tribute to a specific moment in time and an aggregation of the artist’s invented memories, tangential associations and bittersweet emotions. Foregoing his usual practice of painting, Lee has chosen instead to sparingly combine assorted daily objects, furniture and music into a common scene reminiscent of another era and another state of mind that oscillates between anticipation and loss, hopefulness and mournful regret. The setting appears typically mundane but the timing and atmosphere it intends to evoke—a mixture of apprehension and excitement upon the eve of a music album release circa 1989—is deeply charged.

more info...

Sunday, January 29, 2012


hot damn! a review of 3 Years: Arrow Factory in Domus! some nice pics shot by wang wei and pauline (the official AF Hand Model) and a lovely writeup by Pelin Tan.

want to order your own copy of this lovingly made volume? order direct from us: goo.gl/CYgSH
or from our publisher: goo.gl/4vl0m

thank you for your attention.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

SF book launch!

Bay Area pee-poles! here's your chance to get a gander at our new 3 Years: Arrow Factory book.  we're doing a little book talk at the Kadist Art Foundation in the Mission TOMORROW (Sunday Jan 8, 2012 2-4pm). we have only limited copies of the book with us. if we run out you'll just have to get your local bookstore (do those still exist?) to order it from our publisher (goo.gl/4vl0m). don't miss out. look forward to seeing all your happy faces there.

below are the details. info is also online at www.arrowfactory.org.cn:

箭厂空间 《三年书》旧金山发布会
3 Years: Arrow Factory
San Francisco Book Launch

Sunday, January 8, 2012, 2-4pm

Since 2008, Arrow Factory has operated as a modestly sized storefront art space located in the center of downtown Beijing.  We are pleased to announce the publication of 3 Years: Arrow Factory, which documents the wide-range of site-oriented projects mounted by Chinese and international artists in our out-of-the-way location and asks artists and writers to reflect on new avenues for artistic production in China.

3 Years: Arrow Factory includes contributions by Ou Ning, Beatrice Leanza, Dan S. Wang, Ken Lum, Li Jinghu, Patty Chang; plus Arrow Factory’s neighbors and local residents.
Please join us for an informal book talk with Arrow Factory founders: Rania Ho, Wang Wei and Pauline J. Yao

Kadist Art Foundation
2401 Folsom (at 20th St.) Entrance at 3295 20th Street
San Francisco, California
94110 USA

Info: 415 316 7186
100% of the proceeds from book sales benefit future Arrow Factory projects.

箭厂空间 《三年书》旧金山发布会
2012年1月8日 14:00 - 16:00

箭厂空间成立于2008年,位于北京的中心城区,由一间临街店铺改造而来。 本书是对箭厂空间过去三年实践的首次全面总结 ,通过此书,读者能够一览国内外艺术家在箭厂空间中创作的特定现场作品。并记录下在中国宏观的文化氛围中,箭厂空间所扮演的独特角色。

特邀欧宁,毕月, 王念华, 林荫庭为本书撰文; 并包括与艺术家李景湖和张怡以及箭厂空间周边社区居民的对话。


地址: Kadist Art Foundation
2401 Folsom (at 20th St.) Entrance at 3295 20th Street
San Francisco, California
94110 USA

电话:+1 415 316 7186