Founder/Director of Sunset shop and Sunset Projects; Full-time dreamer.
teamLab in Taipei.
The discovery process usually happens organically. I don’t deliberately go and “find” things, it’s more like I’ll stumble upon something interesting on social media (believe it or not) and start tracing a thread. Or when I travel I visit various design and concept stores or studios/workshops in different cities. I guess I’ve always been a nut when it comes to local craft and lifestyle objects, so shopping conveniently becomes “research.”
My top two rules for selecting objects for Sunset is: one, I have to want to own it. I can’t sell it if I don’t believe in it. Secondly, it has to have a function. I sell lifestyle objects, not decorative arts. So merely looking pretty is not enough, they have to be somewhat utilitarian.
The politics. Haha. I love the drama! I’m a fan of contemporary art, so besides the established I’m always looking out for what’s new, whether or not it may be my cup of tea. Art fairs, biennales, and museum and gallery exhibitions all feed me different kinds of information.
I'd say I started after college. I started buying small prints of unknown artists and it was all just stuff that I liked and could afford at that time. Then throughout design school I got to know a lot of artist friends and started collecting their works. Back then I thought I would only collect artwork from friends. I liked the fact that I knew the artists in person and the full story behind the works, and that the piece would serve as a token of our friendship.
I went on to work as a graphic designer at a studio that specializes in museum catalogs and artists’ monographs. We were basically surrounded by art-related content everyday, and it was then that defined my taste and gave me good understanding of the art world. I started paying a lot of attention to what galleries and museums were showing and works of emerging and established artists. Soon collecting works only by friends became a little more difficult…ha.
Berlin: Hamburger Bahnhof; Neue Nationalgalerie; Alte Nationalgalerie
Los Angeles: LACMA; The Hammer; The Broad; Blum & Poe; Hauser & Wirth; Honor Fraser; LAXART
Marfa: Chinati and everything Donald Judd related :)
I don’t know very many Southeast Asian artists yet. It’s quite a new venture, but I’ve been recently introduced to the works of Luis Antonio Santos and Tromarama which I really like. Taiwanese artist Wu Chi-Tsung is also one of my favorites.
I’ve not been to enough galleries or museums in Asia but I’d say SCAI in Tokyo is on top of the list.
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