Flowers in New York and Tokyo

21 05 2017

IMG_0576

Above, a rogue florist is turning public rubbish bins into floral art installations in New York. Below, a pop-up womens’ bathhouse designed by photographer Mika Ninagawa to promote Tsubaki (camellia) brand shampoo – open in Tokyo’s Ariake district for the next few months only.

IMG_0571 IMG_0573

 





The glorious rattan art of Sopheap Pich

17 05 2017

Pich Sopheap sculptures. IMG_0413 IMG_0418





Biennale

16 05 2017

lorenzo-quinn-support-venezia

One of the art world’s most glittering events, The Venice Biennale, is on again, in a peupose-built village of national pavilions decked out by different artists by the Venetian lagoon. Australia is this year represented by Tracey Moffatt (below, some of her previous works including the iconic “Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy”)

91272475_large 1992.144.E-apphero.jpg.850x439_q85 Tracey-Moffatt-Night-Cries-A-Rural-Tragedy-film-from-1989

Below, the work of Cody Choi who has designed Korea’s 2017 Venice pavilion.

img_94908f9ea49d311a0134547082080d9ff276 969dda34c0d116b9ed02c68f4a191ef6





HK: visual culture

7 05 2017

IMG_0188.JPG

Above, works from Tokyo illustrator Saki Obata at Wanchai’s Odd One Out, and below, the dreamy hyper-colour-saturated Hong Kong of local illustrator  penguin lab.

img_5773_zpsuyuhkmqnimg_5775_zps6yzl6ahyimg_5778_zpshrgko5em





Art of Cauro Hige

6 05 2017

18198738_1653421551353737_1188185273108443888_n.jpg

Strangers on a train.





Cultural centre: Bangkok to Sao Paulo

6 05 2017

This-Gang-Of-Flower-Cyclists-Is-Taking-Over-Sao-Paulo-In-A-Beautiful-Way_m085hZM.jpg

Thailand’s Creative and Design Centre (TCDC ), whose exhibitions I have really enjoyed in the past, has reopened in a much larger new premises by the river along the Charoen Krung. It is now housed in a building attached to the brutal 1930s old General Post Office. The centre will spearhead a cultural rennaissance of one of Bangkok’s oldest neighbourhoods, already home to galleries Speedy Mama and Soy Sauce factory and some interesting street art, and to be joined later this month by a massive new warehouse cultural development spearheaded by architect Duangrit Bunnag. He successfully helmed the Jam Factory project on the other side of the river.

In Sao Paulo meanwhile, the Japan House opened this weekend, part of a next generation push by the Japanese government to expand its “soft power” around the globe. Brazil’s centre was the first to open, highlighting the strong links created by generations of Japanese immigration to Brazil and more lately, Brazilian immigration to Japan. The cultural centre opened with an installation by artist Azuma Makoto who sent 30 cyclists through the city to pass out flowers to “spread beauty” and mark the centre’s opening.





Eat with your eyes

6 05 2017

img_9740_zpsxwanhjg1

Hokkaidon at Taikoo Shing.

img_9730_zpsulxrg3zy img_9738_zpsob4l51cd