2D Space, Sky Island

Sky Island Illustration #15

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Title: Sky Island Illustration #15

Medium: Watercolour

Dimension: H305 x W229mm

Year: September 2017

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Exhibitions, Sky Island

12th Ngee Ann Photographic Exhibition 2017

Showcasing one of my work from the Sky Island Series at the 12th Ngee Ann Photographic Exhibition. From April 6-16, 2017 at Ngee Ann Cultural Centre.

Title: Sky Island #12

Medium: Site Specific Installation, Mixed Medium

Year: June 2016

Description:

Sky Island #12 is a space that allows one to escape from the busy and stressful reality. Upon entering the door, one will be drawn into a fantasy world where the time came to a halt and have some personal moment and use the space however they like. The scrolls of Shoji gami (japanese paper used for door) partition the room and the audience will be invited to rest among the white puffy clouds. The installation reacts in accordance with the weather; the scrolls flow in rhythm with the wind and the clouds brighten and dim along with the natural sunlight. There are 2 different styles of space. One is the white space with a sofa facing the windows. Flowing white scrolls and white puffy clouds provide a pure, light-hearted atmosphere. The second is a warm, traditional Japanese space with tatami mats, sliding doors and a covered flowing ceiling. One can lies on the mat and literally float among the clouds.

2D Space, Sky Island

Sky Island Illustrations

Another 2 new additions to the Sky Island Illustration series.

Title: Sky Island Illustration #12

Medium: Watercolour

Dimension: H210 x W297mm

Year: April 2016

Title: Sky Island Illustration #13

Medium: Watercolour and Colour Pencil

Dimension: H210 x W297mm

Year: October 2016

Artist Residencies

Shiro Oni Studio Residency 2016 May 16- June 14

A rewarding and inspirational residency that I have attended so far, not just in my own artistic development but the overall experience and the connection with people.

Shiro Oni Studio is situated in an ambience small town, Onishi 鬼石, closely surrounded by nature and heartwarming people. The Group 1 residency started on May 2- June 13, I started 2 weeks later due to my work schedule.

All the international artists are staying under one roof in a 3 stories house with a freshly start out vegetable garden and chicken barn. The town’s major places like supermarket, hardware shop, drug store, post office, bank, convenience shop, city hall and hot spring bath are all easily accessible on bicycle. The big stores are all outside town which is pretty hard to reach without car as the bus schedule is not that frequent, but we have very helpful locals who brought us around.

House

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There are 4 studio spaces, the Kinuya, Kotoriya, Shiro Oni Studio and the latest Juuichiya, as well as, a wood workshop and the kerosene kiln. All of them are all within 5 minutes distance on bicycle and we have the freedom to use them at any time.

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Kotoriya

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Shiro Oni Studio, I was working and exhibiting at the 2nd floor of Shiro Oni Studio.

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Kuniya

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Juuichiya

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Kerosene Kiln

Besides the residency, there are many other activities and workshops going on in this town.  During my stay, there was lamp making workshop, sushi making workshop, visit the Hosokawa paper factory, doll making exhibition, tea ceremony, swimming in river, Taiko (drum) practice, Biwa (traditional Japanese music instrument) performance, BBQ and the Karaoke session.

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Equestrian Club, Tuesday & Thursday 4pm

Biwa Performance by Kenji Mizoguchi

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Flea Market, Sunday, 6am onwards

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Taiko Practice

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Artist Residencies, Exhibitions, Sky Island

Sky Island #12, Shiro Oni Exhibition

A site specific art installation created in an old traditional Japanese building during my 4 weeks of artist residency at Shiro Oni Studio.

Sky Island #12 is a space that allows one to escape from the busy and stressful reality world. Upon passing through the Noren (door curtain), you will be drawn into a world that blurs the boundaries between nature, time and reality.

The scrolls of Shoji gami (japanese paper used for door) partition the interior into a maze-like structure that stimulates the audience senses as they get “lost” in the space.

The installation reacts in accordance with the weather; the scrolls flow in rhythm with the wind and the clouds brighten and dim along with the sunlight.

There are 2 different styles of space. One is the white space with a sofa facing the windows. Flowing white scrolls and white puffy clouds provide a pure, light-hearted atmosphere. The second is a warm, traditional Japanese space with tatami mats, sliding doors and a covered flowing ceiling. One can lies on the mat and literally float among the clouds.

#artistleecaijun #contemporaryart #sitespecificart #installationart

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Newspaper Interview
No. 43468, 12 June 2016, pg 15, Jōmō Shimbun, Gunma, Japan.