James Welling: Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis is the first solo exhibition in Greater China by the American photographer James Welling, which provides an overview of Welling’s forty-year career in photography, with key series from the 1980s to the present that highlights his ongoing exploration of abstraction, figuration, colour, and process.

The artist’s first major work was Aluminum Foil (1980-1981), which was composed of black and white close-up shots of crumpled aluminum foil. This early work marked a breakthrough with traditional media concepts by shifting attention to constructing images for cameras rather than finding them in the world. The aluminum foil was initially abstract, but upon further examination, other readings appeared: starry sky, rippled water, leaves in summer, geological formations. This behavior of walking a tightrope makes work hover between abstraction and representation, becoming one of the hallmarks of Welling’s practice.

Welling started using colour for Flowers in 2004, a series of photographs (photos without camera) he created before 2017. The first batch of flowers were made in a colour dark room by spreading a layer of bright gel on the black and white negatives of the flowers to create fields with irregular colors. In 2014, Welling started using Photoshop’s red, green and blue channels to process flower images on a computer. The works are becoming more and more psychedelic, and the several “flowers” examples in the exhibition are one of his most vivid and energetic works.

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Mr. Likey: Melt Like Dali

Mr. Likey was born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States, graduated from the Philadelphia University of the Arts and won the “Golden Key Art Award”. His works are deeply influenced by American cartoons and street culture, at the same time, he is good at creating brand new symbols of different trends artworks have been exhibited in different exhibitions in New York and Hong Kong many times.

Each painting is painted with a different conflicting colour scheme, with a shadow of Andy Warhol. The creative brushstrokes are more like graffiti and street art. In addition, the creation based on the concept of the portrait of New York graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is used to express tribute to the famous teacher, at the same time, the expression of “painting in painting” shows the excellence of thinking from different backgrounds Ability makes people feel another meaning behind the beautiful surface.

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Breaking the Silence Habit

Breaking the Silence Habit, senior consultant Sarah Beaulieu provided a five-part framework that allows employees to engage in difficult but necessary conversations about sexual harassment and violence and develop new and better ways of working together.

After the #MeToo movement, employees and leaders are struggling to deal with the prevalence of sexual harassment. Most methods just emphasize understanding and compliance with existing laws. But people not only need a list of things to do and don’t do, they also need to learn how to navigate this uncertain and emotional terrain. Sarah Beaulieu provides a new skills-based approach to addressing sexual harassment prevention and response in the workplace, including the use of underdeveloped skills such as empathy, situational awareness, boundary setting, and intervention.

The author outlines a five-part framework for conducting conversations about sexual harassment. Feel uncomfortable; be curious, not angry; see the whole picture; and embrace practical problems. By embracing these conversations, we can break the cycle of avoidance and silence, which can make our lives and workplaces full of turbulence and insecurity. Based on storytelling, humour and many real-life scenarios, this book introduces the idea of uncomfortable conversation, which is a core skill that enables everyone to bring all their talents and contributions to a safe and respectable workplace.

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Trust & Confusion

Trust & Confusion is a dialogue about “determinism” and “accidental”: the body and the intangible, as well as the transformative power of the short encounter, music and magic, the luck of living-and various related issues that follow, Whether it’s about humans or something else. This exhibition has several parts, from now to the end of the year, constantly evolving and accumulating, carried out on-site and on the Internet.

The exhibition transforms this “white cube” space into a constantly transforming environment, accommodating activities and feelings, and becoming a space suitable for action, interaction, and inviting ears and body to listen in depth. Let you, me, and him/her establish new relationships here, and let our new associations and new experiences share the present. When you arrive, you can see several performances taking place, but at the same time there are also several invisible performances going on. There are more than 20 newly commissioned works in the exhibition hall, from a group of artists from different generations, different countries and the world.

This exhibition invites everyone to observe-how things arise from mutual relationships: sounds, gestures, smells, identities-and let everyone be a part of it. Even if you are surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, you will be pleasantly surprised, but Pay attention to discover your inner scenery. We invite you to accept one of the most emotional beliefs: when you decide to let yourself fall, please believe that the person with open arms will catch you well and support you.

Thank you so much for the invitation.

Name of exhibition: Trust & Confusion

Date: 5th May to 5th Dec 2021

Time: 11am – 7pm

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@taikwuncontemporary

Close: a Group Exhibition of Portrait Photography

In the era of the popularization of imaging technology, we are all photographers, and at the same time, we are the objects being photographed. The situation was especially worse during the global pandemic that experienced social distancing, quarantine, and alienation. Regarding distance, Robert Carpa has a sentence: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you didn’t get close enough.” However, this standard of measuring “nearness” by “enough/not enough”-is for physical space state, as well as relationship dynamics, and intuitive calling of emotional state.

Some portrait works show an intimate relationship between the photographer and the subject, how to shorten the physical and emotional distance between the two parties. In Nobuyoshi Araki’s Sentimental / Winter Journey (1970-1990), love and death undergo a gentle transformation. This iconic series began in 1970 on the honeymoon of the photographer and his wife.

The distance of the stage feeling in the image is often interpreted by the subject and activated by the photographer to transform it into a narrative, propaganda, and even political image. Daido Moriyama is known for the diversity of shooting themes, and its unique coarse-grained, rugged, and unmodified photography style. His first photo album ” Photo Theater” (1968) recorded the faces of a group of touring theater troupes. Later, his camera lens was transferred to women, photographing their “watching” erotic feelings in different spaces and atmospheres. At the same time as Moriyama, the late Yau Leung captured the alluring charm of Hong Kong in the sixth and seventh major eras.

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