Travel: Vietnam

This February I had the chance to visit Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tao. I had a great time exploring the coastal town with my brother for a few days, who has lived there since 2015. 

This was my second trip to Ho Chi Minh City and so enjoyed meeting some new artists and several friends. It was a special treat to visit the Factory Arts Centre and get a tour of Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s new installation and film “Empty Forest.” See some of  their links here:

Tuan Andrew Nguyen

Dinh Q Le

Phan Quang

Phi Long Le

Nguyen Du

Nguyen Quoc Chanh

The day culminated with a long scooter ride with Dinh Q. Le, who will be opening a stunning show of new woven photographs that were completed this year at the STPI Residency and opens on March 16, 2018, on our way to a wonderful end of year celebration at MOT+++ hosted by the founder Tran Thanh Ha. It was lovely to meet her again and enjoy an evening of great food and great people.


Raymond Pettibon at David Zwirner

Raymond Pettibon is on view at  David Zwirner from April 29th- June 24th, 2017.

"The artist's tenth solo show at gallery TH’ EXPLOSIYV SHOYRT T follows his collaborative presentations with Marcel Dzama at the gallery in both London and New York last year.

Pettibon's work embraces a wide spectrum of American high and low culture, from the deviations of marginal youth to art history, sports, religion, politics, sexuality, and literature. Taking their point of departure in the Southern California punk-rock scene of the late 1970s and 1980s and the do-it-yourself aesthetic of album covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines that characterized the movement, his drawings have come to occupy their own genre of potent and dynamic artistic commentary.

The exhibition includes drawings and collages—a relatively new introduction within the artist's oeuvre—in Pettibon's characteristic bold style. The title (here rewritten using the artist's personalized spelling) refers to a 1963 book by legendary American football coach Homer Rice, which details his variation on the so-called T-formation, the precursor to most modern offensive formations in the sport. The potent and aggressive associations of the phrase are echoed throughout the works on view, which shrewdly address facets of contemporary American life.

In keeping with Pettibon's practice, most of the works pair image and text, with each informing the other in a circular fashion. Ranging from a few words to a number of paragraphs, the often rhythmic prose reflects the artist's longstanding interest in poetry and philosophy. Quoting freely from sources such as John Ruskin, Walt Whitman, Jacques Derrida, the Bible, and social media, and often adding self-coined expressions, the handwritten words complement Pettibon's bold imagery in adding humor and unexpected layers to the subject matter. Vintage cartoons by artists such as Charles Addams and Peter Arno are a new influence behind some of the works included in the exhibition, presenting an additional narrative component to his motifs. "



Pope. L at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Pope. L on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash from May 23rd- June 30, 2017. 

"Pope.L began making Proto-Skin Sets and Communication Devices in the 1970s and 1980s while he was a student at Montclair State University in New Jersey and continued working with them throughout his teaching tenure at Bates College in Maine. Using language and writing as a starting point, these works anticipate his ongoing project “Skin Sets,” text-based works that employ language to construct pointed, absurd, and layered messages about the vagaries of color.

The Proto-Skin Sets use found materials like local newspapers, commercial poster boards, and billboard advertisements as a point of departure to examine the possibilities of language. Pope.L interpolates the methods and uses of writing, both visually and literarily. Seeing language as image and image as language, Pope.L uses texture and mark-making to make these definitions concrete. He incorporates organic materials to speak about duration—for example peanut butter, semen, and human hair—in several of the works, something he has done subsequently throughout his practice."

Wordy Advertisement, 1983-2013

Wordy Advertisement, 1983-2013

Mal Content, 1992

Mal Content, 1992

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Yet Another Excuse, 1989-2013

Yet Another Excuse, 1989-2013

Studio Visit: Aaron Taylor Kuffner

I had the pleasure of visiting Araon's Studio with Deborah Iskandar and Melody Zhang. We were fascinated by the multi dimensional approach that his work offers. For me the works exist between installation, composition, sculpture and performance, all of which are referencing ancient instrumentation through contemporary technology. Here is what the artist says about his own work: 

“Gamelatrons draws on the thousand-year-old sonic tradition of Indonesia–Gamelan–and the emerging field of robotics to create magical, viscerally-powerful, site-specific performances, installations and stand alone art works. Handcrafted, masterfully-tuned orchestras of vibraphones, drums, chimes, bells and resonating bronze gongs are played by mechanical mallets installed to immerse the audience in living kinetic sculptures.

The artworks’ mission is to expand the legacy and creative cultural power of gamelan through innovation. The Gamelatron Project exposes us to the rich and profound nature of resonance and its effect on the psyche. The Gamelatron’s contrasting materials and mechanisms tell us a story of globalization and modernization. Principal artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner uses exhibitions of the Gamelatrons to create sanctuaries both in public and private spaces.”



Southwind Projects Special Editions Portfolio

It was such an honor to host the opening presentation of the Southwind Projects Special Editions portfolio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  Southwind Projects is pleased to present its first special editions portfolio featuring prints by 17 artists from 10 countries, which supports the launch of the Southwind Projects exhibition and residency program in Valladolid, Mexico. Founded by Juan Luque in 2017, it provides a platform for artists and indigenous communities of the Americas to support and interact with each other, focusing on the preservation of the pre-hispanic healing arts and the plants, rituals and techniques.

It was a pleasure to be the first curator of Southwind Projects. The artists in this collection are engaged in an active studio practice and generous contributors to their art communities. This visually rich portfolio embodies unique global visions of artists working in many different media including digital animation, painting, drawing, photography, textile, sculpture and installation. The subjects of the prints explore identity from a variety of perspectives: relying on archetypal forms and shapes or the fragmentation experienced in our digitalized culture. Compelling images of the body and nature are woven together to create a complex vision of humanity.  

The Southwind Projects Special Editions portfolio features the following artists: 

Haffendi Anuar (Malaysia)Shay Arick(Israel), Anna Freeman Bentley(UK), Juanli Carrion(Spain), Miriam Castillo(Mexico), Jared Flaming(US), Alastair Gordon(UK), Sheree Hovsepian(US), Robin Kang(US), Zebadiah Keneally(US), Minstrel Kuik(Malaysia), Juliana Cerqueira Leite(Brazil), Carlos Martiel(Cuba), Julia Oldham(US), Siebren Versteeg(US), Jason Wee(Singapore), and Bai Ye(China) 

We would like to extend a special thank you to Richard Koh Fine Art for the artists Haffendi Anuar, Minstrel Kuik and Jason Wee. 

The limited edition 50 prints will be available as a complete set of 17 (Ed 1-10) or individually (Ed 11-50). 

More information can be found at

Haffendi Anuar

Haffendi Anuar

Robin Kang

Robin Kang

Carlos Martiel

Carlos Martiel

Mariam Castillo

Mariam Castillo

Anna Freeman Bentley

Anna Freeman Bentley

Art Fair

Singapore Adventure

This year I had the privilege of attending Art Stage Singapore and loved every aspect of the trip. Many thanks to my wonderful hosts, artist Jason Wee, Grey Projects, and collectors Ryan Su and Adrian Chan. Singapore is the best place to explore food from all over Asia, as well as some amazing Western restaurants. Ryan and Adrian's memorable collectors dinner at Long Chim in the Marina Bay Sands was legendary for both its food and incredible art world characters. (And hanging orchids!).

In addition to attending the Art Stage art fair representing mostly Asian galleries, there were numerous art events: poetry readings, film screenings and performances throughout the city in conjunction with Singapore Art Week.

Capturing the spirit of week, the public art event “After Dark” at the Gillman Barracks drew thousands of young people from Singapore on Friday night, who came out to view the gallery open houses, open studios and special programming at the NTU CCA. This included a spectacular strange and magical fashion show performance by Indieguerillas and Lulu Lutfi Labibi, performance and fashion designers from Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

An exhibition highlight included a beautifully curated show “Shared Coordinates” at Arts House organized by Edouard Malingue Gallery, Roh Projects and Silverlens Galleries featuring 10 artists from their respective programs. 

During the week I met some wonderful artists and explored their work in more depth. Here are some of the new artists I saw:

Sookoon Ang

Haffendi Anuar

Anthony Chin

Fx Harsono

Geraldine Kang

Simon Ng

Sherman Ong

Guo-Liang Tan

Kenneth Tay

Jimmy Ong