The plans were for most of us to go visit the Great Wall today. But it is a bad air day, with the particulate count at 400 or so. The US safe limit for particulates is about 50 I think, and the Chinese safe limit is 200 or 250. Without a mask the air makes your teeth feel gritty, your eyes burn, and it interferes with breathing. So we got together and decided to defer the trip to a later day. The good part of this decision is that it gives us a bit more time to get our ducks in a row for the Open Studio event.
The Ba-Da-Bing Open House on Saturday will be in the large studio where Tomash, Petra and Dagur work. It is across from the Imagine Gallery. In spite of the amazing number of studios here in Feijiacun, the Imagine Gallery is the ONLY Gallery in the area. That seems odd but then, many things in China seem to have their own logic that appear confusing. It is just another part of the surreal discoveries that go along with being in China.
I have four paintings that will be in Ba-Da-Bing. They are in my recent “hanging” series, that I think does vaguely harken back to the scroll paintings and brush drawings of traditional Asian art. They are oil on canvas, of course, in a size range from 24″ x18″ to 24″ x32″. I really prefer the rod on the top to be half-round, but that isn’t available here so I had to go with the clunky square look.