Upcoming Exhibition – Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing at the Bruce Museum

Alois Kronschlaeger Study for Bruce Museum

I am delighted to be a part of the upcoming exhibition Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing opening at the Bruce Museum on May 3rd. For this show, I will be creating a site-specific installation of a different sort. Here is a description of the exhibition:

This exhibition focuses on two of the world’s leading centers of art — New York and Beijing — and offers a visual pairing of five New York-based artists with five Beijing-based artists. The ten artists have been engaged in five different global, cross-cultural, artistic dialogues over the course of two years via email, Skype, in person, sometimes with translators, about issues ranging from political and social upheaval, the concept of global culture, and questions about materials and techniques. Some of the artists are creating new works for the exhibition including two site-specific works being created at the Museum, others are represented by existing or historic works.

The concept for this show grew out of an earlier collaboration curated by Pan Qing at Columbia University’s Studio X in Beijing in 2010 between New York-based artist Michelle Fornabai and Beijing-based artist Qin Feng, both of whom are featured in the present show.

“Watching Michelle Fornabai and Qin Feng communicate silently through the brush helped to open my mind to the myriad possibilities of visual dialogues between artists from very different artistic backgrounds,” Qing explains. “After discussing this idea with the other curators and advisors of this exhibition — Michelle Y. Loh, John Rajchman and Sarah McNaughton — a decision was made to expand on this theme by seeking out more opportunities to pair artists from disparate cultures.”

The curators matched the pairs based partly on the kind of work that they do and their artistic processes, but more importantly on the type of dialogue in which they suspected the artists might engage within the context of their respective urban environments. Many of the ten artists are themselves peripatetic, on the move between global art centers, not only New York and Beijing, but also in Latin America and Europe.

Paired artists include:

  • Michelle Fornabai(NYC) and Qin Feng (Beijing)
  • Joan Snyder (NYC) and Wei Jia (Beijing)
  • Alois Kronschlaeger (NYC) and Lin Yan (Beijing)
  • Jorge Tacla (NYC) and Li Taihuan (Beijing)
  • Simon Lee (NYC) and Chen Shaoxiong (Beijing)

Selected artworks illustrate parallels between the pairs’ work and themes that arose during their conversations. Some of the artists are represented by existing or historic artworks, some have created new pieces, and some have collaborated to create site-specific work. The works range from Joan Snyder’s My Pain Is No More Than Being’s Pain, which dates from 1983 and is in the Bruce Museum’s collection, to pieces created specifically for this exhibition.

The exhibition is generously supported by The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund and a Committee of Honor.

Upcoming Exhibition – Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing at the Bruce Museum

New York Beijing Here There at the Yuan Art Museum

Measuring 13 x 6.5 x 5.9 meters and made of aluminum and paint, Multicolored Grid, was installed as part of New York Beijing Here There at the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, China. The show opened on October 24th and featured artists Lin Yan, Wei Jia, and Michelle Fornabai. Thanks to Florencia Minniti, Paul Amenta, the students from Kendall College of Art and Design, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, and to Lin Yan, Yan Gulino, and Kegang Lian.

Alois Kronschlaeger Multicolored Grid

Alois Kronschlaeger Multicolored Grid

Alois Kronschlaeger Multicolored Grid

Alois Kronschlaeger Multicolored Grid

Alois Kronschlaeger Multicolored Grid

New York Beijing Here There at the Yuan Art Museum

Opening Night New York Beijing Here There at the Yuan Art Museum

‘New York Beijing Here There’ featuring Lin Yan, Wei Jia, Michelle Fornabai and myself opened at the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, China on October 24th. With the help of Florencia Minniti, Paul Amenta, and the students from Kendall College of Art and Design, Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum, I constructed Multicolored Grid.

A huge thank you to Lin Yan, Yan Gulino, and Kegang Lian for inviting me to be a part of this exhibition.

Alois Kronschlaeger Yuan Art Museum

Alois Kronschlaeger Lin Yan

Alois Kronschlaeger Yuan Art Museum

Opening Night New York Beijing Here There at the Yuan Art Museum

Construction of the Multicolored Grid

With the arrival of Paul Amenta’s students from Kendall College of Art and Design, we were able to work quickly to install the Multicolored Grid.

We did this by splitting into two teams, one led by Paul and the other by me. We rotated between tasks, so every student got to do each aspect of the installation process.

The night before the opening, I finished up the last phase of the installation – cutting into the grid – while the team touched up the colors. Each person had one color.
Alois Kronschlaeger Multicolored Grid
Alois Kronschlaeger Multicolored Grid
Alois Kronschlaeger Multicolored Grid
Construction of the Multicolored Grid

Paul Amenta and the Kendall College of Art and Design Students

I am absolutely thrilled that my longtime friend, supporter, and curator, Paul Amenta has joined me in Beijing with a group of students from Kendall College of Art and Design. Paul has created a curriculum at KCAD that discusses site-specific installations. Through this course, the students will have the hands-on experience of working on Multicolored Grid as well as my piece at the UNTITLED Fair in Miami in December (more on that later).

The students got to work installing the multicolored metal studs in the space. Much like Untitled (Basin and Range), we map out the grids with a template before setting them in place. The students pictured below are Lydia Boda, Erin Dumond, Jacob Hanson, Jacob Kapusta and Nathan McCallum. Thanks to all of you and to Paul for all of your assistance!

Paul Amenta KCAD

Paul Amenta KCAD

Paul Amenta and the Kendall College of Art and Design Students

Straight to work in Beijing

Florencia and I arrived in Beijing to begin installation of another site-specific work, Multicolored Grid, at the Yuan Art Museum just a couple days after the opening of Untitled (Basin and Range) at MOCA Tucson.

Needless to say, we are exhausted, but we got right to work, getting the necessary supplies for the piece with museum employees, Yu Jia and He Yuxin. They took us to the market where we used our miming and drawing skills to find the correct materials including metal studs and various colors of paint that will comprise the piece. going for the paint

selecting colors 2

colors for paint had been decided    testing the paint at store

Straight to work in Beijing

Artinfo: A World of Grids by Dion Tan

Before heading off to Tucson and Beijing, I had the pleasure of meeting with Dion Tan from Artinfo in my studio to discuss my studio practice and upcoming projects. I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to speak with her about the preparations for projects I am working on including MOCA Tucson, Beijing, and the newest sculpture – the “multicolored cube.” (The cube will be making its official debut at the Tierney Gardarin Gallery booth at EXPO Chicago in September.)

Most importantly, I love the visuals that Dion was able to capture in my studio – especially with the light – and the story she has told.

I invite you to view the video below and to check out entire story here.

Artinfo: A World of Grids by Dion Tan