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Interview: Sarah Booth and Alessio Fini on the East End Arts Precinct in Perth
Sarah Booth is the Managing Director of Spacemarket & Community Development Lead at Hesperia. Spacemarket is an interface for the exchange of floorspace and seeks out underused and opportune pieces of the city and overturns them for a new use. They pair a variety of tenants with unique spaces such as old brewery warehouses, empty police barracks, and a forgotten turn-of-the-century ballroom. Sarah's experience in Spacemarket is coupled with her role as a Community Development Lead at Hesperia. As a Certified B Corp company, Hesperia is Western Australia's leading property developer and operates across a diverse range of disciplines within the property and sustainability sectors. Alessio Fini is the Creative Director of Fini Group. Fini Group is a property developer with an aim to develop projects that are close to shops, transport, or public amenities so that they are able to reduce the use of cars and encourage people to take advantage of nearby amenities and public transport. Both Sarah and Alessio are working on projects in the East End Arts Precinct in Perth to revitalise and highlight the environment, character, and quality of the area. The precinct is filled with contemporary art spaces, such as Moore Contemporary, and unique gastronomical experiences. This week, The Artling had the opportunity to speak to both Sarah and Alessio to learn more about their plans for the East End Arts Precinct and their vision for an "arts-driven neighbourhood"! Sarah Booth
September 08, 2022
Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia opens at the National Gallery of Singapore
From 27 May to 25 September 2022, National Gallery Singapore showcases the rich artistic practice of the world’s oldest living culture with its latest exhibition "Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia". This exhibition surveys over 170 historical and contemporary works by 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from Australia. The largest exhibition of its kind to travel to Asia, the artworks draw from the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and The Westfarmers Collection of Australian Art and show deep interconnections between past and present, as well as extraordinary artistic innovation. This exhibition is also supported by Touring Partner Australian Government through the Office for the Arts, Lead Partner Singtel and Strategic Partner Cultural Matching Fund. These visually captivating works produced by the Aboriginal and Torres Islander artists highlight the diversity of First Peoples art, with works as far back as 1890 until the present. The diverse works range from paintings, video installations, and bark paintings to sculptures and cutting-edge contemporary art.
May 27, 2022
The Artling Launches Curated Art & Design NFT Collection
The Artling is pleased to announce that we have launched our NFT Marketplace! Our first NFT launch features 10 of our talented artists and their diverse works...
May 23, 2022
Interview: Teo Yang on His Elegant Design Philosophy
Teo Yang is the founder of Teo Yang Studio, a design studio that specialises in high-end residential and branding commercial projects, with an emphasis on modern architecture and custom detailing. His studio aims to bring a fresh approach to elegant, tailored interiors through the cohesive blend of traditional and contemporary elements. His mix of high art and personal treasures creates moments of timeless beauty in these spaces. He began his career traveling and working in many vibrant cities, such as Amsterdam, Berlin and L.A, designing luxury interiors for boutique hotels and homes. After many years of learning and creating in these beautiful cities, he returned to Seoul and opened his studio in 2009. Over the course of his career, Teo has worked on interior design projects all over South Korea, some of which have been featured in Vogue Living, Elle Decor, and Lemon Tree magazine. He has also had the opportunity to work for and learn from the legendary designer Marcel Wanders. This week, The Artling had the opportunity to speak to Teo Yang on his how his cultural experiences have shaped his projects, Seoul's local craftsmanship, and his personal art collection.
February 10, 2022
Interview: John Dodelande, Leading European Collector & of Chinese Contemporary Art
John Dodelande is a leading European collector of Chinese contemporary art. He has been growing his collection since his early twenties and owns works by many of China’s most significant living artists. Travelling to meet those artists in person is a crucial part of his method; it is what makes him one of the most engaged collectors of the new generation. Dodelande is also an entrepreneur. Through his business activities and art collection he aims to foster connections between East and West, to help forge a post-millennial ‘Silk Road’. Dodelande has organized revelatory exhibitions in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and in Georgia (all of the Silk Road countries). He collaborated with the Long Museum to produce a monograph on Wang Yuyang, and has sponsored works on Zhao Zhao and Hu Xiaoyuan. He helped bring to fruition He Xiangyu’s meditative book on the colour yellow. And Dodelande heads a patrons’ group dedicated to Chinese art at Le Musée de l’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris, his native city. This week, The Artling had the opportunity to speak to John on his newly released book, CHINESE ART: THE IMPOSSIBLE COLLECTION, and his journey in art collecting, and his perspective on the future of Chinese contemporary art.
June 30, 2021
Bradford Shellhammer; Tech Visionary & Avid Art Collector
Serial entrepreneur Bradford Shellhammer is exuberant, larger-than-life Vice President of Buyer Experience and the General Manager of eBay based in New York City. As a leading product visionary in the company, he has a wealth of experience in creative direction and brand consulting. Bradford has been named as one of Fast Company’s ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ and was coined the ‘King of Quirk’ by Forbes Magazine and the ‘Eames of E-Commerce’ by USA Today. Before joining eBay, he was the founder of Fab.com and Bezar, along with serving as the Chief Design Officer at Backcountry.com. Shellhammer's passion for art, design and colour shines through via his personal collection at home, where every single piece has its' own unique story. The Artling had the opportunity to interview Bradford to unearth more about his journey of art collecting and the tech industry, as well as the impact that art and design has had on his career. If there's anyone who can exemplify merging ones' passions with work, it's Bradford Shellhammer.
September 09, 2020
Hiroshi Senju unveils his first new works since 2015
Hiroshi Senju has just completed a dynamic series of Waterfall paintings, his first since 2015, which are now being exhibited across a three-city exhibition. They will be showing at Sundaram Tagore's New York galleries (Chelsea and Madison Avenue) and will then travel to London for the opening the gallery's new space at Cromwell Place in London, followed by another exhibition at their Singapore gallery at Gillman Barracks. "For this group of waterfalls Senju began his creative process on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The pristine beauty of Hawaii has inspired Senju’s work in the past, but it was the rugged, almost prehistoric landscape of Oahu’s northern side that struck a chord. “There are places where you can feel the energy of the beginning,” he says. “Here, I can feel the echo, the vibration of the Earth and the energy of Earth’s creation.” The artist has a profound connection to and love of nature. He has been conveying in paint its power and ability to inspire awe for more than 30 years.
June 19, 2020
Ai Weiwei's mask fund-raiser art project for COVID-19
Chambers Fine Arts, a gallery representing the artist Ai Weiwei, has just released the official images and links to purchase these artist-designed masks, in support of COVID 19 Humanitarian Causes. More information on the project below and click on the images to purchase via eBay! "Artist and activist Ai Weiwei is calling for a citizen-led response to humanitarian issues caused by COVID-19. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Ai Weiwei MASK will benefit the COVID-19 humanitarian and human rights emergency efforts led by Human Rights Watch, Refugees International, and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Beginning May 28 and running through June 27, Ai Weiwei MASK artworks will be sold for USD $50 for single works, USD $300 for a series of four works, and $1500 for a collection set of twenty. Ai Weiwei is using an object synonymous with our times – the face covering – as a canvas, and turning to his familiar medium, the Internet, to provoke wide public engagement."
May 30, 2020
Yayoi Kusama's official message to the world.
Prolific Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, released an official statement today via one of her galleries, OTA Fine Arts, a gallery with spaces in Tokyo, Singapore and Shanghai. Today, with the world facing COVID-19, I feel the necessity to address it with this message. A MESSAGE FROM YAYOI KUSAMA TO THE WHOLE WORLD Though it glistens just out of reach, I continue to pray for hope to shine through Its glimmer lighting our way This long awaited great cosmic glow Now that we find ourselves on the dark side of the world The gods will be there to strengthen the hope we have spread throughout the universe For those left behind, each person’s story and that of their loved ones It is time to seek a hymn of love for our souls In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future Let's go Embraced in deep love and the efforts of people all over the world Now is the time to overcome, to bring peace We gathered for love and I hope to fulfil that desire The time has come to fight and overcome our unhappiness To COVID-19 that stands in our way I say Disappear from this earth We shall fight We shall fight this terrible monster Now is the time for people all over the world to stand up My deep gratitude goes to all those who are already fighting. Revolutionist of the world by the Art From Yayoi Kusama
April 15, 2020
“Anonymous Society for Magick” at Blindspot Gallery, curated by Ying Kwok
“Anonymous Society for Magick” featuring Chen Wei, Hao Jinban, Lam Tung Pang, Wang Tuo and Trevor Yeung. “Anonymous Society for Magick” is a group exhibition opening at Blindspot Gallery on the 14th of April in Hong Kong featuring works of various media by Chen Wei, Hao Jingban, Lam Tung Pang, Wang Tuo, and Trevor Yeung. Curator Ying Kwok borrows the concept of Magick from early nineteenth century occultist and ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley’s definition of Magick as the ‘science of understanding oneself and one’s conditions,’ in a comparative study of how artists apply that understanding to their own artistic practices. Chen Wei meticulously stages scenes of urban amazement and theatrical distraction, working across photography and mixed media installations. The ensemble includes a neon light installation Drifting Along (Hong Kong) (2020), which offers a diagnosis of the contemporary social conditions in China and Hong Kong.
March 28, 2020
#ArtInMyCity - Support Local Artists, Galleries & Designers
#ARTINMYCITY The world has changed drastically over the last few months, but despite this, we continue to be hopeful! This is an opportunity for us to re-think how we've been connecting previously and to see if there are alternatives to maintaining and growing our respective art eco-systems. In order to ensure the continued existence of our cultural scene, it’s crucial that we take active steps to ensure its survival. With cultural events postponed or cancelled for months to come, it's up to us to support creative talents and cultural communities during this extremely challenging time. With international travel and movement drastically reduced, access to art and design across international borders will become increasingly difficult, not to mention more costly. We have already begun to see price surcharges climb for shipping and logistics, which will undoubtedly affect art 'consumimg' habits. As a first step, we have made some changes on our site to ensure that you can discover artworks and artists in your city, from the comfort of your home. We have added the option to filter products by 'item location', so you will be able to shop and support artists, designers and galleries in your city! Let’s support our local arts communities, every little helps. To contribute, use #ArtInMyCity to start sharing your experiences with art - whether it's a throwback to an exhibition you caught months ago, or if it's an artist whose works you came across in a local show, exhibition, or an artwork in your home. Stay tuned for more details on #ArtInMyCity!
March 27, 2020
Blanketed in white - CANVAS HOUSE by Figment & Ministry of Design
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past”, says Ministry of Design's founder, Colin Seah. With Canvas House, Figment and MOD bring the two worlds of future and past together in a striking white-washed manner, with a converted conservation house in Singapore, which recently opened in February 2020. Ministry of Design explores history and our relationship with the past, present and future through the concept of layers in Canvas House at Blair Road. Blurring the boundaries between space and object, MOD conceptually blanketed Canvas House with a layer of white that provides a canvas for the future, whilst revealing historical preservation in concentrated spots. The house rhythmically reveals parts of its past, with Shadows of old timber as well as Layers of revealed brick and intricate details of re-purposed and upcycled furniture. At the same time, MOD invites visitors to imagine a future with Dream, a text-based neon piece that the studio created, with a quote by Thomas Jefferson that encapsulates MOD’s approach to Canvas House. The quote summarizes the attitude of the house; Colin explains, “it is a neutral white canvas for the future to be dreamt upon, rather than a wholesale homage to the past.”
March 16, 2020