top (R):Megan Connolly, Liu Xiaodong and Kc Vienna Connolly (L-R)
bottom(L): Day Without Art
bottom(R): Open House: Black Space / White World - Ding Xin, KC Vienna Connolly, Meng Site, and Megan Connolly (L-R)
Two years ago, we were moved by the graduate work of Meng Site, a talented young artist who will receive his MA from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2014. We invited him to submit an Open House proposal. He seemed very interested in the Open House curatorial approach, which places art by emerging artists in local communities where spaces are for rent, sale or slated for demolition. Days, weeks, months and finally years passed with no word from Meng. In June, we were pleasantly surprised to receive Meng Site’s Open House proposal and on November 24, 2013 we organized Open House: Black Space / White World in Caochangdi. Unlike the spacious red brick galleries designed by Ai Weiwei, which are visible from the Open House venue windows, “ordinary people” live in 10 – 25 sqm rooms and rents range from CNY 300 – 1,500 per month.
Meng Site (b. 1988) is from Shaoyang, Hunan province and his work touches on the impact of the one child policy. His mysterious canvases pull the viewer into his imagination where fantasy is combined with loneliness, confusion and uncertainty.Stay tuned for the Open House: Black Space / White World catalogue. If you are interested in learning more about Meng Site and the Open House project contact us@ email@example.com
top(L): 9 Days
middle(R): 3 AM Drum
bottom(L): Memory from when I was 7 No. 3
bottom(R): Memory from when I was 7 No. 6
ChART mobilized 8 students in 2008 and brought Day Without Art to China. In 2013, we engaged over 200 students. Special Thanks to the US Embassy in Beijing for partnering with us for the second year. Leading up to December 1, we organized TALK ART programs at an orphanage, vocational school, and two local high schools. Students asked questions and created posters in response to the presentation, which focuses on raising Awareness through creativity. On December 1, the Inside Out Museum shut the doors as a symbolic gesture and hosted Day Without Art. Over 200 posters were exhibited in the museum and students worked together to create a Keith Haring inspired graffiti wall on-site. Participants were encouraged to eat candy from a pile inspired by Felix Gonzales Torres and we danced to music by Gil Scott Heron and Fela Kuti. CCTV covered the event and many parents joined in raise awareness about the AIDS pandemic. We believe it is hard to change the world overnight but together we can make a dent!
top: Day Without Art
bottom(L): The Last Dusk
bottom(R): Day Without Art
Are you a collector interested in learning more about contemporary Chinese art and emerging artists? If so please get in touch! We have been following the scene for over 15 years. We have expertise and access that will enhance your China experience. If you are curious, committed or fanatic about Chinese art and design please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Last Dusk
Thank you for stopping by ChART STOP. Please note ChART STOP will be closed from December 16 – January 24. We wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season and much happiness in 2014.
感谢您来访ChART STOP。ChART STOP将于12月16日至1月24日暂停开放。我们祝愿您与您的爱人们度过一个非常愉快的节日季，2014年幸福满满。