This is a start-over. I haven’t made any blog posts since I was in Beijing last spring.
But now I am excited about returning to Beijing for a two-month Art Residency (March and April, 2014), based on my application, and contacts I made there last year. The idea is that this blog will serve as my diary for the experience.
The Residency is sponsored by the Red Gate Gallery, a large gallery in Central Beijing. It provides studios to about ten international artists at any one time – small studios in central Beijing for writers and poets, or larger studios for visual artists in Bei Gao, a small art community at the end of a subway line to the north of Beijing. Fortunately, since it is an international program, English should be the lingua franca of the group.
I don’t expect to make “Chinese” paintings while there, but do want to explore the way Chinese painters have used perspective, and I hope to make larger works than I have been able to do in my more crowded Philadelphia studio. In addition, I want to be very open to the subject matter around me, and the ideas and inspiration of other Resident Artists. I also want to get back to the museums and galleries I visited in 2010 and again last spring, to see what is there now to and absorb and try new ideas.