Paper Tiger Wooden Horse is an exhibition of artworks by a group of internationally based and emerging artists belonging to the UAL (University of the Arts London) alumni based in China, Korea, Hong Kong, and the UK, that seeks to explore language and communication, the cultural exchange of ideas, and the miscommunications that sometimes occur during translation, and the ways in which new or unintended meanings can be generated by the viewer’s emotional response to text or images where the original meaning has become confused or distorted. The title of our show, “Paper Tiger Wooden Horse” refers to the old Chinese idiom “Zhilouhu”, of which “Paper Tiger” is a literal English translation, meaning something that appears threatening, but which cannot stand up to any serious challenge, while “Wooden Horse”, which is a reference to the ancient Greek “Trojan Horse” - a large wooden horse that was left as gift to the city of Troy with whom the Greeks had been fighting a long and epic war, but which secretly held a number of soldiers inside. When the horse was brought inside the city gates the soldiers waited until night and then emerged from the horse and attacked the city from within, which resulted in the defeat of Troy and the destruction of the city (hence the well-known phrase ‘Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”).
Bringing these two idioms with their opposite meanings together echoes the titles of Chinese Kung Fu movies and refers to the notion of globalisation and fears of cultural invasion. Is this exchange of cultural ideas a Paper Tiger or a Wooden Horse?
Curated by our current artist in residence, Julian McSweeney, who holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts in London, and supported by BananaJam Space, set up and run by Chelsea College/UAL alumni Zhou Yuan, and Lab-Box, an arts platform with hubs in Shenzhen, Beijing and Toyota, Japan, also set up by Zhou Yuan and Wu Bo, and others, who both studied for their Master’s Degrees at Chelsea College with Julian, and are members of the China UAL Alumni Association, this exhibition of contemporary art is intended to promote the exchange of ideas and visual culture between China, the UK and other places around the world, through the extensive and growing UAL alumni network, which we hope to foster and develop through such cultural exchanges.
Paper Tiger Wooden Horse will show works by AeLee Ko (Korea) Paul Abbott (UK), Bijan Daneshmand (Iran), Bo Wu (China), Chel Andre Logan (UK), Chang Yang (China), Gerard Carson (UK), George Myles (UK), Henry Gardiner (UK), Huanglu Shi (China), Ivy TC Chan (Hong Kong), Jinjoo Kim (Korea), Jonathan Slaughter (UK), Pengbo Yuan (China), Paul Abbot (UK), Winnie Chan (Hong Kong) and Yorda (China).
Paper Tiger Wooden Horse is being held at the BananaJam Space in Shenzhen, opening with a private view on the 11th December, and will run until Christmas Day, 25th December, 2016.
CHELSEA ALUMNI SUMMER SHOW Curated by Julian McSweeney
18th - 23rd July 2016
Please join us in the Punctum space @ Chelsea College of Arts for the Private View of our Summer Alumni Show from 6.00pm-9.00pm on the 18th July 2016 (following our Graduation Ceremony), and to celebrate with us, have a drink, meet up with old friends, and find out what's new from Chelsea College of Arts' most recent alumni.
Paul Abbott E. Asmaa Alanbari Michelangelo Arteaga Han Na Bae Emma Barford Ece Beylikci Ray Brazier Gerard Carson Maria Jose Carvallo John Teddy Chan Winnie Chan Nicholas Cheeseman Hayun Choi SoDam Choi Marilyn Collins Bijan Daneshmand Ozlem Demirel Caroline Derveaux-Berte Sarah Faulkner Luca Federici Kelise Franclemont Johnny Gordon Peihang Huang Sangsub Jung Seulgi Kang Sun-jung Kim AeLee Ko Eden Lazaness Dong Hwa Lee Joseph Lichy Shadi Mahsa Jefferson Miranda George Myers Georgina Nicolaou Teodora Pasquinelli Alkiste Papadopoulou Andrew Rickett Ishita Savla Parul Sharma Huanglu Shi Sisters from Another Mister Jonathan Slaughter Laura Solomons Jihoon Son Ruoru Wang Christopher Ward Louise Wheeler Bo Wu Joshua Y'Barbo Adam Zoltowski
Punctum Gallery @ Chelsea College of Arts 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1 4JU
A mini retrospective online exhibition showing my development from 2012. Thank you Owlstand and particularly Stephen Yang for inviting me to hold my solo exhibition on their online gallery. It's especially hard for me to hold one as my works are located in different countries, the limitation of space, cost of transportation and host of all other expenses. Online exhibition provided me another option for the exhibition "space" and rises a new movement when the world goes digital.
The Chosunibo Daily and Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism co-organize 2015 ASYAAF which will be held at Culture Station Seoul 284 on 7th Jul - 2nd Aug 2015. ASYAAF has developed into the nation’s representing art fair which gathered more than 265,00 visitors and sold more than 5,000 art pieces within the last 7 years. This year’s ASYAAF will be showcasing 1,000 selections of talented art students, post-graduates professional young artists from Korea and other Asian countries.
7th Jul - 2nd Aug 2015
Culture Station Seoul 284, 100-162 1 Tongil-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Sourth Korea
Part 1 of the interim exhibition from the MA Fine Art Course at Chelsea College of Arts
Private View: 5 - 8 pm, Thursday 30th April Cookhouse and Triangle Space. 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU, United Kingdom
The exhibition CompoSITE is a project part of the Ma Fine Art program at Chelsea College of Art and demonstrates the progress the students make on the course.
The expanded translation of CompoSITE is to literally compose a space. The word refers to the assembling of an environment starting from completely different approaches. The contemporary art works in the exhibition are shown in two spaces that connect and simultaneously contrast with each other.
The MA Fine Art at Chelsea is one of the longest running postgraduate fine art courses in the UK. This Autumn ‘Tangent’ is the ambitious show of this year’s new intake of MAFA students both full and part-time comprising of 114 students from 20 countries. The students have been set the audacious task of producing work well outside of their normal practice in less than 5 days. This challenging project encourages people to take the risk to abandon their current trajectories and technicalities of practice cajoling and pushing them into zones of the unknown. This task has culminated in their fresh exhibition ‘Tangent’.