Getting very excited about the exhibition now, especially as some of the other artists involved have started to send images of works in progress http://w0budong.wordpress.com/news/ – can’t wait to see how it all comes together. It’s so much easier to keep the momentum going when there’s a few of you exhibiting.
I’ve also finished the flyers, with a bit of help (having a graphic designer as a boyfriend can come in useful), and put together a reasonably long mailing list of studios, artists and galleries in Manchester to send the flyers out to.
Organising an exhibition in a city that I don’t live in or really know has been tricky at times and somethings are a bit of an unknown. The mailing list being one of them. The other difficulty, a more practical consideration, is transporting everything up there. As I don’t drive I’ll be on the train with my 2ft poles for my sculpture, among other things. Still I’m sure it’ll workout and all be worth it…
It’s been quite a while since I updated this blog and a lot has happened since I last wrote. I have been running workshops at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, giving studio talks and performing work developed in China as part of a group exhibition. Perhaps most excitingly though is that I have begun to organise the exhibition that will mark the culmination, for now anyway, of this project.
Mainly through this blog, I have made contact with four artists who all in different ways explore writing in their practice and who have all either visited or been influenced by Chinese language in some way. Excitingly they have all agreed to be part of the exhibition I have called W0budong (a phonetic translation of the mandarin for ‘I don’t understand’). Examples of their work and a new piece that I have developed for the exhibition are on the exhibition website I have set up http://w0budong.wordpress.com/. There is also a lively discussion on there about writing and mark making that anyone with an interest is more than welcome to add to. I’ve found that it’s really helped me to think about my practice.
I am now entering the slightly more administrative phase of exhibition planning – drawing up mailing lists, working out logistics, revisiting the budget and completing forms for the exhibition space. I sometimes find that this takes up more time than making the artwork, but should be worth it when the exhibition comes together!