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Art | Osage HK

November 14, 2008

Kwun Tong is an industrial neighborhood on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbor — a long way from the galleries clustered near Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road. I have a feeling that this choice of location was intended to put both physical and symbolic distance between Osage Gallery and the oft-underwhelming work on display across the water. The space can be a bit difficult to locate, but if you stand around near the loading dock on the ground floor looking uncertain, you’ll be pointed to the freight elevator and taken up to the fifth floor. Currently on display is the photographic work of Jiang Zhi and a group show titled Site:Seeing.

View from the street.

Jiang Zhi

Jiang Zhi

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Art swap meet 2008

November 3, 2008

art swap meet in the desert featuring booths from some of our favorites!

Featured booths by:
Gabie Strong- Smock Shop – Lisa jo & Debo Eilers – Matt Borruso’s Book Store –
Ooga Booga – We Have Photoshop – Amy Yao – Circular File – Lisa Sitko – Anicka Yi & Maggie Peng –
Kye Potter & Julia Dzwonkoski: Grab Bag Sale – Semiotext(e) – Tyson Reeder (Club Nutz)
– Sumi Ink Club/ Elysian Park Museum of Art Store – Michele Abeles – Margaret Lee – Megan Plunkett – Carissa Rodriguez – Young Art

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October 20, 2008

We’ve been in Portland preparing for our impending move to the west coast. There’s a lot to like about Portland, but one of my favorite features so far is the Ira Keller Fountain designed by Lawrence Halprin.

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Theme: the Beijing Issue

August 6, 2008

Theme magazine’s Beijing/Olympics issue is out. It features a condensed city guide that Shu and I helped develop for those checking out the Olympics first hand.

Timezone 8 book shop in Dashanzi, Beijing

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Floating on the Spreewald

July 6, 2008

Spreewald is about an hour south of Berlin by train. Mostly inhabited by a Slavic-German minority, the locals speak Sorbish, which supposedly sounds like a mix between Polish and Czech. The area is also known for its canals, which wind through the local towns like country roads. Water travel is sometimes the only way to reach some of the more remote areas of the Spreewald, and summer canoe tourism seems to be booming. We headed out on a Sunday morning, Mario and his daughter, Orianna, in one canoe and Joe and me in the other. According to the guy who worked at the boat rental station, the “short” trip usually takes about 3 hours. “Family pace,” he assured us. It took us 6 hours.

The lush swampland makes for beautiful and relaxing scenery.

Checking the map after one of our many missed turns.

Houses here have red, slanted roofs and seem to be buttressed with walls of cut logs.

The kid at the rental station in all of his Euro 2008 finery.

Almost back.

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Yes We Cannes

June 21, 2008

Sorry, there hadn’t been a good (or bad?) pun in the title in awhile. I was one of 11,000 advertising/marketing/media/etc people to go to Cannes last week and I’m glad I was able to experience the craziness at least once.

The beach looked nice, but there was no time to sit around!

This funny sticker was on my mini-fridge. Classic.

Some really amazing architecture in this town, from the ornate to the modern.

One of the awards ceremonies.

We got sucked into watching the game between Sweden and Russia. Russia won, Swedes were nonplussed.

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Simplicity in a Name

March 18, 2008

Website Van
Simple, straightforward. No doubts about what this company does. Clean white van. They make websites.

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The New Museum

February 20, 2008

The New Museum members’ opening in NYC. Florian was kind enough to give us a tour, and we got in a few photos (though the guard busted us at one point).

Unexpected lookout point.

Jon Santos and Joe.

Art directed by Jon.

Note the expression on the guard’s face. This is right before he tells me that this is a photo-free zone and being friends with the project architect will change nothing.

Followed up with dinner at Lorelei.

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The Hakka Houses

February 7, 2008

To defend against invaders, Hakkas built round homes all over Fujian province that are still in use today. We took a road trip with my uncle and had a look at a few of these amazing “tulous.” An entire village lives in one or several round structures. Immediate families live on the top few floors, while the bottom floor is for kitchens and cooking. The center area is a communal space, filled with livestock and occasionally a well. People were friendly and seemed okay with our curiosity and SLR cameras. They seemed surprised that their little corner of the world was generating so much interest.

The houses were often rebuilt after bands of marauders burned them down, an act that occurred well into the 1960’s. The way of life seems as if it hasn’t changed in hundreds of years.

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Xiamen. The City by the Sea.

February 6, 2008

Xiamen has a special place in my heart, even though I’ve never spent much time there. It’s where my father and grandfather went to college and it’s also the subject of a fair amount of my mother’s reminiscence of the past. She would recall sunny afternoons spent at the beach, a stick of haw candies in one hand and a paperback in the other. An island called Guliangse sat between the mainland and Taiwan, a glum vacation spot dotted with Portuguese mansions and pineapple tart vendors. The university shone brightest in this town, a place where foreigners came to teach continental philosophy, Latin and Greek. The seafood came in a distant second, crab and mollusks sharing cramped fish tanks with half-dead turtles and eels. What I saw was a modern-day variation of it all, complete with mobs of tourists and a restaurant so gigantic, the servers wore roller skates to get around. The scale of the city, like others in China, was exhausting and the nightlife as seamy as ever. Andre said he witnessed a fight one night that centered around the age-old, culturally neutral tradition of “protecting one’s woman.” We ate, we walked for miles and most importantly, we bowled.







Xiamen, Nightclub

Xiamen, Bowling

Xiamen, Bowling, Things to Do

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