Wednesday, 29 February 2012


So far we have had quite a few lectures from a several professionals, including Gwen Thomas from AOP on copy right, Simona Deli'Agil from Artquest, and David Blackmore. While they gave us the practical knowledge for post-photography, I do not like house keeping survival kit, conceptual seems more interesting, which is missing in this term...

Saturday, 25 February 2012


Another discuss with Heather. There are two points need to be explored. Concept, Content, and Context dimensions in organising, planning and curating exhibitions. Physical works, Space, and people to be considered. We were contemplating our potential curation for the coming FRPhotographics. There is two extremes one is the chance element of deliberate no curation curation, the other one is theme based. Probably we need a mix to achieve our aim.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012


From 'Disposal' series by David Blackmore

David Blackmore came and gave us a lecture. He showed how his career developed in the last 7 years as an artist, lecturer and photographer. His work is inspiring, like his conceptual approach especially. He also showed us some physical portfolio examples. There will be a lot of work to be done to have an outstanding presentation of portfolio.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


Shirley organised a workshop and discussion on on-line portfolio presentation. She presented us quite a few sample artists websites and many of us presented our current own websites. I didn't know that Ulrike took the portraiture of Ai Weiwei at Tate until Shirley showed her website!

Sunday, 12 February 2012


Sarah D, Andrew, Alan and I had the first discussion on public exhibition this spring/summer. We brainstormed many ideas to organise public informal exhibition. We have also listed up all the house keeping issues. Seemed there will be lots of things to do in the coming months.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


Heather gave us a workshop and discussion on exhibiting photography. Interestingly to know that some alumni organised a public exhibition at Tate. She printed her body on a apron and wore it beneath her coat. She opened her coat to show the apron for more than 10 minutes in the turban hall. Then she went upstairs and tried to show her work and performance at the show of Nude/Action/Body before security arrived.

Sunday, 5 February 2012


Andrei Pinkowski ( gave us an introduction on Portfolio. A systematic work flow, points and attention we should be aware. I wasn't interested in the house keeping like presentation of portfolio in the first place, but at the end of the session I found it inspiring. Not only the works count, but also, of course, the presentation matters!

Saturday, 4 February 2012


at White Chapel

I come to more and more like paintings these days. The lack of detail, the blurry image, click open a space where I could engage with the painting for a long time. Of course, because of the media’s specificity, it create a sense of preciousness and scarcity which catalyses the engagement process...

Wilhelm Sasanal’s exhibition is interesting offering me a lot of thinking. I like the absence in his paintings, simplicity in composition, appropriation of media, every day subjects depicted.

Friday, 3 February 2012


Jungfrau (Vergin), by Thomas Helbig, 2005

at Saatchi

I only came to know this word today - Gesamtkunstwerk - total work of art when I visited Saatchi. I quite like Thomas Helbig’s work. He said his paintings are about reduction to an unrecognizable state from which something new can then evolve. His sculpture is contorted hybrids made out of everyday junk, which as been reassembled to create a primitive and futuristic sensibility. And Markus Selg’s work. Many of his works are infused with reoccurring themes from world art history and emerges traditional craft and technology to re-spirituals the role of the artist within a contemporary context. he recall the imagery and symbolism of earlier visual traditions. The first work of the show upon entrance is named “ Mild and quiet as he smiles” a quote from Wagnar’s Tristan und Isolde...

Thursday, 2 February 2012


at Tate Modern

Gerhard Richter’s panorama is epic mapping out his whole artistic career. He is a great thinker as well. I strongly feel the big void from his works and his statement. His style is diversified. His subject, representation, and concept are enlightening...


...the beautiful culture of old master painting was irretrievable...Annunciation after Titan

...since abstractions help us think about ‘inexplicable reality’, ‘art is the highest form of hope.’...Yellow Green

...when making them he ‘experienced feelings to do with contemplation, remembering, silence and death...25 candle

...suggested that his landscapes were ‘untruthful’ because they glorify nature, when nature is ‘always against us’ and ‘knows no meaning, no pity, no sympthy’...Landscape and Portraits

Wednesday, 1 February 2012


at National Portrait Gallery

I went to 2011 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Show at National Portrait Gallery. Maybe I was in a good mood, I found this years work interesting and liked quite a few. I like the slow cooking process of portraiture making, the slow and subtle interaction between the sitter and the image maker, making the image ambiguous as always. I like the little performance of the sitter/photographer, some conceptual involvement. Some composition is working quite well, audacious but really worked not only from aesthetic point of view. Of course, I love the painterly light in portraiture, maybe signifying the painting tradition effects and creating a complex experience in both form and content. However, sometimes, well, most of the times I am bit hasty in image making process. Maybe I worry occupying to much of sitters time making him/her uncomfortable. I should overcome this. Anyway, a simple and short but inspiring show...