Sunday, January 27, 2008

Art in Hospital

Cyanotype from an Art in Hospital exhibition

Recently I discovered the Art in Hospital program, founded by the HK-based artist Evelyna Liang Yee-Woo, better known to her students as "Er-hu".

The image above is from a workshop conducted by several artists/photographers last year (I haven't been involved with them in any way - yet).

It's a fantastic purpose for visual expression: while the body is healed by medicine, AIH heals the spirit with art.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Fotanian: Open Studios

Saturday saw R. and me rushing after work to one of the remotest parts of HK for the Fotan Open Studios.

We only had an hour but were impressed with the range of work, and the well-choreographed event. The Fotan artists studios hold their open studios twice a year. Next time we'll be sure to spend the entire day!

Photo of work by the artist Carol, Lee Mei Kuen

I was particularly intrigued with the work of Carol Lee Mei-Kuen. As we walked into a studio, I did a double-take: most of the work displayed looked just like cyanotypes, but they were golden ochre and sienna rather than blue. "How do you make these pictures?" I asked her, drawn in by the silhouette of a lace tablecloth. They had to have been done with some UV/photo process.

"This is newsprint - I put the object on top and leave it in the sun for awhile," she said.

"How long?" I asked. "For an hour or two? And do you need to leave your windows open for the sun to affect it?" I'd never heard of ageing newsprint this way. Newsprint is a cheap yellowish drawing paper, often used by students for disposable drawings.

"No, much longer," she smiled. "I leave it in the sun under the window for many weeks, even a month or two."

I shook my head in amazement, silently promising to be patient the next time my printing plans were frustrated on a rainy day.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Open Studio this Sunday, January 13th

The second Sunday of this New Year's almost here, and The Cyan Studio is pleased to feature a selection of freshly-painted work from a group of talented artists based on Lamma Island. These beautiful pieces were all created during a series of gatherings at the seaside home of local artist Annie Knibb.

The paintings have subtle washes of color that transform white canvas into ephemeral landscapes of sea & sky, with visions of storms and stretches of marble; they're incredible and impossible spaces with a variety of depth and lighting effects.

Artists include:

Annie Knibb
Rodney Jones
Laurence James Lucas
Jill Eason
Lisa Warden
Andrew Fleming
Kelly Morgan

Lamma's worth a day out for its waterfront restaurants, its charming lowrise villages, hiking trails for all from the fit to the faint-hearted, and most of all, for the art from a creative community!

Open Studio hours: 2-6pm, Sunday Jan 13th, and by appointment only. Please visit for map and directions.