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Time flies, holiday is over and its time to welcome the Kitchen God to return from his trip to the Jade Emperor.

The Kitchen God will return today with his god friends, showing them the family who did good and those who did evil deeds.  His friends will take notes and cast spells on the families before they return back to the Jade Emperor.  What is best to welcome the guest who traveled all the way from heaven to your home but feast!

For the annual task of protection and reporting, the wood block print for the Kitchen God are dated with a calendar of that year.  This particular print was for the year 1987.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT
CHINESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT COLLECTION

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BORO
The Fabric of Life

The word boro means ‘patched together’ and here refers to the indigo-dyed patched-together garments of the Japanese rural population. Expensive cotton fabrics were reserved to the upper classes. As worn-out rags, they found their way cheaply into the hands of the peasants, who patched them together to create impressive garments of great aesthetic charm.

In their minimalist beauty, these recycled textiles stand not only for artistic creativity and the positive affirmation of the transitory nature of all existence, but also for respect for the natural material and the work of the hands.

The precursors of the boro textiles were the kesa, the garments worn by Buddhist monks, which were also patched together as the outward expression of the Buddhist ideal of poverty. Outstanding monks’ garments from the museum’s own collection have been incorporated into the boro exhibition.

By chance, I got to own a piece of boro, a futonji which became a wall hanging at home.  Would have love to go to see this exhibition.  If you are near Cologne please go to see the exhibition!

28 March to 2 August 2015
Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln

VESSEL no VESSEL

by
Tetsuya Ishiyama

18 April – 3 May 2015 (Sat & Sun), 1– 6 pm

@
Unit Gallery, L5-23 JCCAC, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

past

THE PAST IS CONTINUING

The train to the future makes 1000 years of history like a bygone yesterday.

Along the way, you will see scenes of China over the centuries and changes in Hong Kong over the past 100 years; you will meet trendy, self-confident women, dynamic revolutionaries, and ambitious, liberal-minded literati; and enjoy traditional performances, dedicate craftsmanship and touching stories.

Our past continues to thrive. A gateway to the past has been opened by 18 contemporary artists, who bring our history alive.

Participating Artists:
Halley Cheng, Chow Chun-fai, KaCaMa Design Lab, Koon Wai-bong, Lam Tung-pang, Lau Ching-ping, Hanison Lau, Wing Lee, Rosanna Li, Chris Lo, Aries Sin, Stanley Siu, Tang Kwok-hin, the pancakes, Johnson Tsang, Annie Wan, Justin Wong, XCEED

What I love about this exhibition is the juxtaposition of the new works against the old, there is a reaction, a dialogue between the 2, not only is the works inspired from the past but also cast a different light on the collection of the Heritage Museum.  The new works is there as a continuation but at the same time exist in its own right.

Don’t be deter by the location of the Heritage Museum, you wont regret it.

Hong Kong Heritage Museum
11 April 2015 – 28 September 2015

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 A pair of two wood block prints which will be featured in today and tomorrow’s post, tells a story based on the Shandong opera.

Student Wang made a gamble with the other students while the teacher was away.  With his bad luck, Wang loses at every game and was heavily in debt.  He knew he would get into trouble is he asked his family for help and was trouble all the time.  Wang’s fiancee, Chun (second right figure on upper print) learnt about the news and gave her bridal gown to Wang so it can be sold off.

The second scene appears in the lower print; the village bully Li (far right figure) was attracted by the beauty of Chun and decided to accuse Wang (far left) for stealing the precious gown.  Li’s plan is to send Wang off to jail and he can have Chun.

To find out the ending of the story, watch out for tomorrow’s post.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT
CHINESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT COLLECTION

Carpet Artwork
by
Dries Van Noten + Alexandra Kehayoglou

11:00 – 20:00
27 March – 29 March
@
PMQ – the Qube
35 Aberdeen Street
Central, Hong Kong

only showing this weekend, so do miss the exhibition!

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This wood block print entitled, “The 8 Immortal’s birthday celebration“.

We are familiar with the phrase
壽比南山, 福如東海
life being as grand as the Mount Nanshan, fortune as deep as the Donghai ocean.

The original version of the couplet is presented on the 2 side of the print and should read as;
壽比南山不老松, 福如東海長流水
life is as long as the immortal pine tree in Mount Nanshan, fortune as fulfilling as ever lasting stream in the Donghai ocean

In the prints are the 8 Immortals; (from 12 o’clock going clockwise are) the God of Longevity, Zhong Li Quan (with the palm leave fan), Royal Uncle Cao Guo Jiu (with castanets), Elder Zhang Guo Lao, Immortal lady He Zian Gu (with magic lotus), Philosopher Han Xiang Zi,  Lan Cai He (with magic basket),  Iron-Crutch Tie Guai Li, Leader Lu Dong Bin (with sword).  Click here to see the symbolism of the magic tools.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT
CHINESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT COLLECTION

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This rooster wood block print ,being horizontal and elongated in shape, is a special type of print that is used for the decoration of the top of the window frame.
Click here to find out more about wood block print for window frame.

It is an ancient tradition to decorate windows with roosters painting, in the Han dynasty fortune forecast book  it was recorded that on the first day of Chinese new year the fortune of the rooster should be cast, second day for the dog, third day for the pig, fourth day the goat, fifth day the cow, sixth day the horse.  it is not until the seventh day that we should tell the fortune of the human.  The rooster being the first animal might have came from it presumed ability to call up the sun with its crow, a sign of life from the darkness.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT
CHINESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT COLLECTION

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五子登科 Wu Zi Deng Ke, is an idiom of blessing to wish great achievement for the off springs.

 There is a man named Dou Yu Jun, a scholar of the court in the 5 Dynasty period, he had 5 sons at late age.  All 5 sons had great academic achievements and came top in the official examination.

 Since the Siu dynasty 605 AD, China has developed a system in the selection of her officials basing on a literature examination, it is every parents’ wish for their son to do well in the exam.  For 5 sons to do came top on the list would be one’s widest dream and blessing.

Come to see the actual print and many others at the
New Year Print Exhibition

MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT
CHINESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT COLLECTION

After last weekend packed with art events, keep up the art exercise this weekend and venue to see two of my favorite photographers depicting the scenes from the streets of Hong Kong.

HONG KONG STORIES
Ho Fan + Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf’s Studio
Block A, 5/F, Unite A04, Kailey Industrial Building, 12 FUng Yip Street, Chai Wan

07.03.2015-28.03.2015
for more information contact sarah@bluelotus-consultancy.com