Posts tagged: 2012

Yan Xing, Letter to Mr Robert Peckham, 2012

Artist: Yan Xing

Title: Letter to Mr Robert Peckham

Year: 2012

Medium: Digital print (limited edition of 20)

Dimensions: 26 x 40 cm

Accession Number: US2014-4

Acquisition info:

Yan Xing is best known for his performance, video, and installation works that are often underpinned by elaborate, eccentric and fictional back-stories. This Limited edition print represent a thank you letter from the artist to an Asia-based curator, Robin Peckham. Although Peckham is a real person and the statement is signed by the artist, it is unclear whether the circumstances described in the artwork are a true reflection of Yan Xing’s situation in 2012.  That year, he had his first UK solo show at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, won the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Best Young Artist Beijing; received a nomination for the Future Generation Art Prize from the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev; and was a finalist in the Focus on Talents Project from Today Art Museum, Beijing.

Letter to Robert Peckham reads:
‘At this occasion, I would like to thank Mr. Robin Peckham, who helped me when I most needed encouragement and made me persevere more strongly. I think it was a particular stroke of good luck to have encountered him at a time in 2012 when I was suffering the greatest hardship. As I conclude, I should therefore like to convey my gratitude to him in this special way’.

Yan Xing, Letter to Mr Robin Peckham, 2012. Digital print. Installation shot at St. George’s Hall, Liverpool. Photograph by Pete Carr.

Exhibitions include: PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art, St. George’s Hall, Liverpool (2018); Dangerous Afternoon, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2017); Archive 56Yan Xing, Video Bureau, Guangzhou, China/Beijing, China (screening) (2016); Yan Xing, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, USA (2016); Nuit et brouillard, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland (2016); Performance of a Massacre, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2016).

Artist’s website: https://www.yanxing.com/

 

 


Matthew Houlding, New Olympia Building 5, 2012

Artist: Matthew Houlding

Title: New Olympia Building 5

Year: 2012

Medium: sculpture (perspex, cardboard, MDF)

Dimensions: h57.5 x w46.5

Accession Number: US2012-170

Acquisition info: Purchased in 2012


Han Feng, Shoe for Bird, 2012

Artist: Han Feng

Title: Shoe for Bird

Year: 2012

Medium: Mixed media sculpture

Dimensions: 60 x 185cm

Accession Number: US2013-05

Acquisition info:

I want to make a bigger, prettier and more disturbed virtual world. My work is about dream-making, about the story of navigating and searching in a paradoxical world.  Han Feng 

Han Feng’s practice spans painting, sculpture, installation and mixed media. Through the Shoes for Birds series, Feng imagines how birds might respond if given choices of the human world.  If birds wore shoes what type of shoes would they wear? On the one hand, Han Feng’s Shoe for Bird may be understood as a quirky and lighthearted investigation into this ‘what if…’ question. A white leather, lace-up boot is the answer given. But this surreal object should not be taken at face-value, and like much of his work in painting and installation addresses broader issues including the opposition between the organic or natural, and the man-made; and the nature of freedom and constraint. The artist explains:

These shoes and clothes for birds are a metaphor. They reflect the human world, I would like to raise the question that if we were all birds whether we would choose to fly or sacrifice our natural ability to fly, in order to put on a glamorous outfit.  

Han Feng attended the Art Institute of Harbin Normal University, before graduating with an MA from Art Institute of Shanghai University. He won the Grand Jury Award in the 2008 Annual Creative New Artists Competition, M50 Art Gallery, and the First Prize in the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize (China) 2010. Britain’s Saatchi Gallery and Japan’s Aichi Triennial both exhibited major works of Han Feng in 2013. 

Han Feng has had solo exhibitions at ShanghART, Beijing, China (2017); CFCCA, Manchester, UK, 2012; Aroundspace, Shanghai, 2011; Flying circles, MOCA, Shanghai, 2010; Don Gallery, Shanghai, 2009.  

Shoe for Bird has been exhibited in PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art, St.George’s Hall Liverpool (2018) and What’s in Store?, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford (2017). 


Sarah Hardacre, Forget Mermaids, 2012

Artist: Sarah Hardacre (b. 1977)

Title: Forget Mermaids 

Year: 2012

Medium: Screenprint

Dimensions: H: 73cm W: 73cm

Accession Number: US2013-10

Acquisition info:

Hardacre is an alumna of the University of Salford graduating with first class honours in Visual Arts in 2008.

The image in the background of Arms Open to Welcome the Sun is of a photograph of Brydon Close, Salford (located near the University of Salford).

Sarah Hardacre sourced the photographs from these screenprints and others for this series from the Local History Library based in Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

 


Sarah Hardacre, Arms Open to Welcome the Sun, 2012

Artist: Sarah Hardacre (b. 1977)

Title: Arms Open to Welcome the Sun

Year: 2012

Medium: Screenprint

Dimensions: H: 73cm W: 73cm

Accession Number: US2013-11

Acquisition info:

Hardacre is an alumna of the University of Salford graduating with first class honours in Visual Arts in 2008.

The image in the background of Arms Open to Welcome the Sun is of a photograph of Brydon Close, Salford (located near the University of Salford).

Sarah Hardacre sourced the photographs from these screenprints and others for this series from the Local History Library based in Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

Keywords: Print, Pop, Women Artists