Madeline Finn Painting Exhibition 麦德林·芬 丽江工作室画展 by Jay Brown

Madeline Finn, 2016

Madeline Finn, 2016

The series of paintings on display at Lijiang Studio are indicative of the people, objects, landforms and conversation that I encountered during my time in Jixiang Village and other parts of Yunnan. Many of the works are abstracted and process-based. I attempted to collage the essence of my experiences by implementing color theory, mark making, oil paints and waxes. The original forms created with paints were reconfigured when the waxes were heated: spreading, peeling or bubbling the oil pigment to create entirely new forms. Each composition has undergone a succession of this layering process through to the painting’s compostition. This exhibition, with the exception of the more figurative portraits of Grandmother and the black dog, is an abstracted compilation of the facets of Yunnan Province that I have experienced thus far.

丽江工作室展出的系列绘画表现了我在吉祥村及云南其他地方遭遇的人、物、地貌和对话。许多作品抽象且注重过程性。我尝试运用色彩理论、线条勾勒法、油画颜料和蜡拼凑出我经验的内核。当蜡被加热,原先的画面被重新构造:油画颜料流散、脱落或起泡,新的形态随之生成。每组作品都经历了如此这般的层层转折。这次的展览抽象地展示了我目前所见识的云南的方方面面,唯一的例外是两幅相对具象的肖像,画的是和家阿婆及一只小黑狗。

Only Time Casts Shadows by Jay Brown

只有时间留下影子_行为艺术遭遇

2016-07-02 只有时间留下影子

时间:2016年7月9日-10日

地点:丽江工作室,拉市海吉祥村,丽江,云南,中国

主办:丽江工作室及驻地艺术家六哥和南茜

(Please scroll down for English Version)

作为在丽江工作室驻地计划的结尾,我们期待可以来一场开放的遭遇。尝试聚焦于时间存在的不同方式,我们邀请大家带着任何与时间有关的物件,来丽江工作室参与我们的活动。我们提供三个选择,当然也非常欢迎你提供其他的可能性:

1. 用你的方式讲一个关于这个物件的故事;

2. 用这个物件创作你的行为作品,或者由我们来做;

3. 让我们将你的物件保存于时间囊。

 

2016年7月9日 周六 下午二时

1. 讲述时间的物件

2. 展览开幕

3. 基于时间的行为 -集体场域

4. 音乐演出

 

2016年7月10日 周日

1. 时间囊仪式

2. 户外空间行为现场

3. 艺术家讲座及作品呈现

 

艺术家:

和丽斌   

木欣荣    

阿    俊   

木云柏    

啊    东   

常    雄   

郭    子  

刘丽伟  

张    苗  

邝老五

柏    青

刘南茜

Rokko Juhasz

MadelineFinn

Paper 小组(王蓓/沙玉蓉/杨辉/黄越君) 

吉祥村纳西古乐队 

特别鸣谢: 丽江工作室、正杰、和丽斌、和恒光 (二哥)、和雪梅、和仕元、和淑芬、和吉宇

联络电话:158 1064 8987(南茜)

 

Only Time Casts Shadows

Performance Art Encounter

Dates: 9 -10 July 2016

Place: Lijiang Studio – Jixiang Village - Lashihai – Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Organizers: Lijiang Studio and artists in residency - Rokko Juhász & Nanxi Liu

As the ending of our 2-month residency program in Lijiang Studio, we are looking forward an open encountering. Trying to focus on different modalities of the Time, we invite everybody to bring any object related to time and join us at Lijiang Studio. We offer three choices, while your contribution for any other possibilities is warmly welcomed:

1. Tell a story about the object in your own way

2. Do or let us do performance with your object

3. Let us preserve your object in Time Capsule

9th of July 2016 – Saturday2pm

1. Objects related to time

2. Exhibition opening

3. Time based performances – Group Situation

4. Music performances

 

10th of July 2016 - Sunday

1. Time Capsule Ceremony

2. Outdoor performances
3. Artist talks and presentations

Artists:

He Libin

Mu Xin Rong

A Jun         

Mu Yun Bai        

A Dong              

Chang Xiong      

Guo Zi  

Liu Liwei          

Zhang Miao 

Kuang Laowu

Bai Qing    

Paper Group (Wang Bei, Sha Yurong, Yang Hui, Huang Yuejun)

Nanxi Liu

Rokko Juhasz

MadelineFinn

Jixiang Village Orchestra

Special thanks to: Lijiang Studio, Jay Brown, He Libin, He Hengguang (Er Ge), He Xuemei, He Shiyuan, He Shufen, He Jiyu

Contact No.: +86 158 1064 8987 (Nanxi)

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RECOLLECTIONS Book Launch in Brooklyn by Frog Wing

Samantha and Viccy's RECOLLECTIONS e-book is now in print, and it looks great! They did a fantastic job. Join us in at the Puerh Brooklyn Teashop to celebrate, this Sunday, June 5th (2-6pm). Brief Q&A at 3pm. 

RECOLLECTIONS: 12 Vignettes From Lashihai Bilingual PRINT EDITION * 12 chapters *  * 36 full bleed photographs * * in English and Chinese side by side * All books will be 10% off on the day: $18 for books at the event $20 for books purchased online at http://twopoint5.co.uk/recollections-bilingual-print-edition/

RECOLLECTIONS: 12 Vignettes From Lashihai Bilingual PRINT EDITION

* 12 chapters * 
* 36 full bleed photographs *
* in English and Chinese side by side *

All books will be 10% off on the day:
$18 for books at the event
$20 for books purchased online at http://twopoint5.co.uk/recollections-bilingual-print-edition/

FFSM: He Family Stories (Brisbane show) by Frog Wing

Fine Fine Small Mountain (Miranda Hill and Naima Fine) have this show coming up in Australia (Brisbane) on May 7th! Featuring musical pieces that were composed here in Lashihai last year- including collaborative visual works by MuYunbai and Frog Wing. Performances at 7 and 9pm. If you can't attend- tell your friends who live in Australia!

Reverse Garbage Queensland: 20 Burke St, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Australia 4102

May 7th (Saturday): 7pm, 9pm:

Facebook event page: link here

Human Body Energy Clock by Frog Wing

We're halfway through Spring 2016 session.

Jiacheng Chen (Nanjing, China) was here for the month of March, gathering info + digital footage on Dongba culture as preparation for a short film. Annie Rollins (USA) and Yung Chang (Canada) departed only a few days ago, after two weeks of script-writing and shadow-puppetry experiments. 

Right now we have: Max and Mara (USA/ Germany) analyzing I-Ching, building radios + antennas, and making "The Book of Static" over in the New House; Juniper and Matt (USA) collaborating on a virtual-reality gallery/ headset viewing-experience; Hiromi Ueyoshi (USA) painting a zodiac mural; Musical duo Jim L. & Jim "Leo" W. (Taiwan) arrived on Tuesday and have begun surveying general "jammability" of all musical instruments that can be found in nearby vicinity of studio. Frog Wing's Dongba studies continue: coloring The Road to Heaven (II), Lady Dongba Crown, 13 Goddess Cards, and drawing various Tibetan/ Dongba deities.

This is the Human Body Energy Clock (a.k.a. Meridian Clock, Horary Clock): a diagram charting optimal functioning times for different parts of the human body. I found this particular image on this internet somewhere- I can't remember where (original source: comfytummy.com?)- but anyways, you can find lots of different versions of this chart through Google. Dongba medicine applies these TCM philosophies too. Lately, at the studio, we have been taking these theories into consideration as we go about our day-to-day tasks. If you have any thoughts, share with us in comments section!

Spectrum file 15 - 森永 泰弘 Yasuhiro Morinaga by Jay Brown

Yasuhiro Morinaga continues to develop material from Lijiang, invited to show a video of the making of the recording of He Xiudong released last year:


【推薦者の言葉】
アーティストはいつの時代も自由に様々な領域を横断し、私たちに新鮮な驚きや喜びを与えてくれます。
森永泰弘は録音(レコーディング)をよりどころとして、デザインとアート、視覚体験と聴覚体験、民俗・人類学な現地調査と先端テクノロジーといったいくつもの領域を自由に横断しながら活動しているアーティストです。
自身の作品はもちろんのこと、振付家や美術家とのコラボレーションや国内外の映画作品におけるサウンドデザイン、そしてアジア各国における伝承音楽や儀礼のフィールド・ワークなど、その活動は縦横無尽です。
今回展示されている中国雲南での調査を経て制作された映像作品「Forgotten Kingdom – Dongba Shaman in Lijiang」は、森永が現地に約5ヶ月間滞在し、地元の方々の信頼を得てはじめて撮影し得た貴重な映像です。
お互いの文化を尊重し、芸術や文化におけるつながりを育むことは、グローバルに生きる私たちにとって、大変重要なことです。「スペクトラム」という言葉も、領域間の静的な境界を示すだけでなく、個人と個人、国と地域、様々な個別の領域の間をつないでいく活動と読み取ることで、そこに潜む多くの可能性が見えてくるかもしれません。

Artists have always cut freely across different areas and disciplines to give us fresh surprises and joy.
Yasuhiro Morinaga is an artist working freely across several different fields—design and art, visual experiences and auditory experiences, ethnology and anthropology, field surveys and cutting-edge technology—with recording as his linchpin.
His work roams far and wide as a matter of course, from collaborations with choreographers and visual artists to sound design for international films and field world on folk music and rites around Asia.
His exhibit is “Forgotten Kingdom – Dongba Shaman in Lijiang,” a video work created after fieldwork in the Yunnan province of China. Morinaga spent around five months in the region, gaining the trust of the locals to film this precious footage for the first time.
Respecting each other’s culture and fostering connections in culture and the arts is extremely important as we continue to live in this global age. By interpreting the word “spectrum” not only as something that shows static boundaries between domains but also as activity that connects individuals, countries and regions, and various separate territories, we can perhaps see its numerous latent possibilities.

Seed bombs with discourse by Jay Brown

In our compressed version of Lijiang Studio these days Sarah Lewison will hold a workshop on Seed Bomb making (with discourse). Based on her work with duskin drum on the nature of being in a time of melting, we draw from permaculture and microbiology to experimentally enact discursive seed bombs. Through an aleatory group reading/making, participants are invited to temporarily lose control of imagining feelings about futures...come join us Sunday September 27th 3:30pm 191 Henry St (Chinatown/LES, not Brooklyn).

Here is a link to more thoughts on the seed bomb with duskin drum and Sarah Lewison:

Melt with us

lijiang studio index: moon festival by Jay Brown

Lijiang Studio will continue it's residency at City Bird Gallery, celebrating with an all day event and evening music show. We'll be celebrating with tangyuan, moon cakes & edamame. 

SCHEDULE:

3:30PM - Sarah Lewison, Discursive Seed Bomb Making
5:00PM - Sarah Lewison, Probiotic Perfromances
7:00PM - MUSIC
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Wu Zhimi, Dongba Ritual Dance
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Crystal Pascucci, composer & cello
Josh Sinton, bass clarinet
Bill Solomon, percussion
Mark Clifford, vibes
fixed media
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Ryan Ross Smith, composer (animated score)
Crystal Pascucci, cello
Mark Clifford, vibes and percussion
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Mark Clifford, composer & vibes
Crystal Pascucci, cello
Danny Meyer, sax
Harris Eisenstadt, drums

Lijiang Studio INDEX by Frog Wing

If you're in New York around this time, come and attend one of the workshop events or musical performances*:

  • September 20th: (3-5pm) Sarah Lewison's Pickle-making Workshop 
  • September 20th: (6-9pm) Opening Party: Performances + experiments (Crystal Pascucci, Bill Solomon, Matt Sargent, Wu Zhimi)
  • September 22/ 23/ 24th (10am-10pm): Open hours + Music rehearsals (Crystal Pascucci, Bill Solomon, Matt Sargent, Mark Clifford)
  • September 27th: (3-5pm) MOON FESTIVAL- Sarah Lewison's Seed-bomb Workshop; eat Pickles
  • September 27th: (6-9pm) MOON FESTIVAL- Performances + experiments (Crystal Pascucci, Bill Solomon, Matt Sargent, Mark Clifford, Ryan Ross Smith, Wu Zhimi)
  • October 3rd: City Bird Gallery/ Lijiang Studio INDEX- Closing Party (Ernesto Salmeron, Ricardo Gallo)

*Week-long continuous metabolism with Ernesto Salmeron

Apologies that we couldn't include everyone from the last 10 years into this one show- We had to narrow down our choices of indices to fit the limited amount of space- but all past residents will have their name listed in a scroll piece that will be part of the collection on display...

Please stop by, say hi, and join the reunion- we would love to see you! 


City Bird Gallery

191 Henry St.

New York, NY 10002

September 20- October 3, 2015


with work and performances by: 

Alfred Banze // Bill Solomon // Christine Falk // Crystal Pascucci // Dan Talbot // Emi Uemura // Emily Bates // Eric Van Hove // Ernesto Salmeron // Frog Wing // He Jixing // He Zhengkun // He Xiudong // Jay Brown // Josh Sinton // Li Jianhong // Li Lisha // Matt Sargent // Mark Clifford // Mu Yunbai // Naima Fine // Na Yingyu // Ricardo Gallo // Ryan Ross Smith // Samantha Silver // Sarah Lewison // Saskia Janssen// Sylvia Winkler // Stephan Köperl // Viccy Adams // Wu Zhimi // Yasuhiro Morinaga


Show statement and artist bios: here

WuZhimi in NYC + Brooklyn by Frog Wing

From Frog Wing's Instagram: https://instagram.com/theparhelia/

From Frog Wing's Instagram: https://instagram.com/theparhelia/

Upcoming dates that WuZhimi will be appearing in New York: 

 

Ozzo Ombro visits Lijiang Studio by Frog Wing

Photo: Crystal Pascucci

Photo: Crystal Pascucci

Michelle Trick (a.k.a. Ozzo Ombro/ LiLi) came and visited the studio during the month of June. She built a loom out of scrap wood on her first day, then spent the rest of her stay weaving textiles inspired by the month's on-site experiences. She also conducted a few one-on-one breathwork sessions and shared a few relevant ideas with some local peoples before heading off to Shanghai.

Frog helped facilitate Michelle's interactive installation, "Fire Ceremony," during the Lesser Heat Festival. It features 174 Fire Drawings to illustrate breathwork-relevant philosophies... mainly the idea that fire is a powerful cleansing element, and useful for spiritual healing. 

A snapshot of a small portion of "Fire Ceremony" // Photo: Frog Wing

A snapshot of a small portion of "Fire Ceremony" // Photo: Frog Wing

 Fire Ceremony for the Lesser Heat Festival 2015

"A fire drawing is a blessing for your home.

Fire has the power to reveal and burn away death. It shows us the feelings buried inside us and clarifies the mud in our minds. A person who is often near the electromagnetic force of fire is a healthier, happier, younger, lighter person. Communities that socialize and cook around fire are closer knit and stronger.

These fire drawings are sacred objects, visual prayers made during a period of intense focus, little sleep, little food, and meditation. The images appear abstract, but they are based on the direct observation of flame and visions of energy seen during meditation and bodily purification practice.

Each visitor to Lijiang Studio is encouraged to take a single drawing as a blessing. In order to complete the blessing, each visitor should contribute the power of their own positive intentions to a blank page, and leave the page behind."

-M. Trick // www.ozzoombro.com

Dongba Primer Recipe by Frog Wing

WuZhimi failed get the mixture ratio right the first time. She tried fixing it by soaking the scroll and scrubbing in the morning, but it only worsened the surface quality. So HeXiudong came over on the weekend to help. After mixing and applying a new batch of primer, they gave the scroll a thorough rub-down with a large courtyard stone.

Ask WuZhimi what she learned, and this is her best guess:

  1. Choose a sunny day (with low-to-no winds) for this project. 
  2. Boil a pot of water; melt approximately 1 teaspoon of Nupijiao (hard glue pellets) in it.
  3. Take the eyeballed-amount of Nuomifen (sticky-rice powder) that you dissolved in cold water earlier, and add *some* of that in. 
  4. Remove from heat source. 
  5. Take the eyeballed-amount of Mianfen (flour) that you dissolved in cold water earlier, and add *some* of that in, too. 
  6. Stir to mix evenly. The final product should be white, thin, and watery. Refer to cell-phone videos and try to imitate that consistency. 
  7. Lay out scroll on hard, flat surface (concrete is fine, and probably better than wood). Apply mixture onto cloth with brush; work briskly. Cloth should be uniformly wet, but not over-soaked. 
  8. Let dry under direct sunlight. Before scroll is *completely* dry, rub across it with smooth hard rock or glass bottle, to flatten surface in preparation for drawing.
  9. After rubbing, let dry completely before rolling up for storage and/or reworking with ink.

wumu improv concert by Jay Brown

Part of the fun of our trip to Wumu was bringing a certain double bass and a certain cello - along with their players, ahem, Miranda Hill and Crystal Pascucci. Jay had in mind playing unscheduled, somewhat intimate somewhat random "musical offerings" on Wumu's steep, narrow, and poopy streets, but with the rain dragon and the wind goddess at play, there was enough going on in town already. This left us on our last night an opportunity to play at the Cultural Center in Wumu, which is quite a special public resource currently administered by our host He Jixian, the community minded autodidact dongba researcher from Wumu.

Here's a quote and recording from Miranda Hill on the evening:

"We did a concert on our final night there, of mostly improvised music. After we’d finished playing, we asked if anyone else wanted to perform, and people just started standing up and singing songs. Naxi songs, songs from school, recitations. It was quite amazing. Here is our final improv for the night, based off the Naxi song that I’ve been playing with."

distracting the wind goddess to bring rain by Jay Brown

After many scheduling stutters we finally made it up to Wumu this year with Er Ge, Jay, Miranda, Crystal, Jen, and Lizzie to see what He Jixian was up to. An exceptionally dry year here, the rainy season is a month late already. The village decided they would do a ritual, last performed in 1984, to invoke rain. The ritual invites the naughty wind goddess, who often associates with wandering souls who enjoy bringing trouble to the stable and orderly life of the village. Recently she has been blowing the clouds away before they could form rain. She is vain, though, and the villagers built an altar with an effigy of her as a beautiful Naxi woman, and her favorite things such as mirrors, hair ribbons, and flutes. The idea was to distract her long enough for the dragon spirit, invoked the night before, to stir up some rain. The dragon was constructed in Wumu's thriving cultural center and ran through the village, people waiting at every turn to splash the dragon (and everybody else). He Jixian explained that Wumu is one of the few villages around here to combine Han (dragon) and Naxi (wind goddess) elements in the same ritual.

Unfortunately, something didn't go well, and either the wrong spirit was summoned or the wind goddess did not take the bait: it still hasn't rained, and He Jixian is starting to get very sensitive about this topic.

RECOLLECTIONS: Book Launch in NY by Frog Wing

RECOLLECTIONS book launch, by Samantha Silver and Viccy Adams: with stories collected last year from Lijiang + Lashihai! Check it out if you're in New York this weekend! Bring your iPad if you have one.


"Next Sunday join Two.5 for the launch of our digital art book Recollections.

Inspired by our time living on a farm in South West china, Recollections is a slice of life seen through interviews, poetry, and recipes, paired with photography and published digitally on our custom built platform." -S.Silver

Sunday June 28th from 3-6 at 594 Broadway, Suite #1212