Think Like an Artist’ by Will Gompertz

Think Like an Artist’ by Will Gompertz

Recently I finished reading a rather inspiring book called ‘Think Like An Artist’ by Will Gompertz which I bought from Kelly & Walsh during Art Basel HK 2018.

Why do some people seem to find it easy to come up with fresh, brilliant ideas? And how do they turn them into something worthwhile?

Will Gompertz is a BBC’s art editor. Previously director of Tate Media, Gompertz has written extensively for The Guardian and The Times newspapers. He is the author of What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye. In Think Like An Artist, Gompertz doesn’t just comment on the artist’s finished work itself, he also tells the life stories of the like of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bridget Riley and Ai Weiwei etc., trying to guide his audience to get into the artist’s mind and explore where their inspirations and creative ideas come from, getting into the artist’s habits and their path to success.

Interesting quotes from the book are :

‘One eye sees, the other feels.’ – Paul Klee
‘I proceed by trial and error.’ – Bridget Riley
‘When bankers dine together they discuss art, when artists dine together they discuss money.’ – Oscar Wilde

Jennifer Lee

Herzog & de Meuron are in town! Building on history or Discovering the Tate Modern

Herzog & de Meuron are in town! Building on history or Discovering the Tate Modern

When I first discovered Herzog & de Meuron’s ‘customized architectural work’, I was living in London. I remember entering the Turbine Hall at the newly converted Tate Modern.

That was in 2000; and we were stepping into the 21st century!

The first feeling was close to the one of entering a cathedral, where one is overwhelmed by first a cavernous smell, and second a sense of enclosed space; feeling the negative space delimitated by a solid structure as opposed to feeling the building’s walls.

From the side entrance (which I recommend if you are a first comer) the slope gradually descends towards the center of the ‘mine’, which is accentuated by its huge head room. I remember thinking: What a luxury of space ! (something I’ve never seen before in a gallery). And then, higher up, you discover protruding blocks coming out of the left wall, as if suddenly you are outside looking at a building! These blocks have big openings with window areas in aqua colour, giving again a futuristic sense (remember, we are in 2000!). Now imagine that behind that wall are the exhibitions venues.

But you are not thinking about the exhibits yet, you are experiencing this gigantic hall!

Herzog & de Meuron made a point of redesigning the power station: expressing architectural qualities of the old building as well as the qualities of the space in the purposely converted art gallery.

Two of their new converted buildings will be unveiled in HK in the coming months. I wonder what they have ‘in the bag’ for the future M+ Museum for Visual Culture and the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts?!

Frederique Decombe, 2nd May 2018
Visual Art Teacher, and Course leader of Mentor Studio and Textile Tactile

Oz!: Reimagined COMING SOON!

Oz!: Reimagined COMING SOON!

Oz! Reimagined is less than a month away and we are gearing up for our best production yet! Everyone knows the story of Oz, but this time it’s a little different…

Re-imagined by the creative spirit of Director Daryl Walker, this children’s classic tale is being taken on with a new, modern twist. Set in many familiar locations around Hong Kong, this production is sure to catch the imagination of its young performers and audiences alike, with clever use of costumery, back-drops and props that give Walker’s vision a distinctly local flavour.

This year’s distinctive show-poster (above) was also designed by show co-director James Gold, who drew inspiration from both local and fantastical elements to create a stunning visual representation of the show’s unique modern twist and steam-punk inspired dilapidation.

This showstopper is full of catchy musical numbers and spell-binding acting performances by our very young performers, with some of the best vocal performances ever to have been part of our productions. We are especially looking forward to some of the rip-rousing solos by the cowardly lion, tin-man, Dorothy and others – we promise you won’t be disappointed!

Oz! Reimagined is the latest offering in our long line of annual full-length theatrical productions under our ‘Centre-stage’ Youth Theatre programme for young performers aged 6 – 16 years. For more information on Colour My World Youth Theatre Programmes, visit: /annual-centre-stage-production/

Oz!: Reimagined hits the stage in Y-Theatre, Chai Wan on 19 & 20 February 2017. Tickets go on sale Feb 2nd 2017 on www.urbtix.hk – don’t forget to book yours early to avoid disappointment!

Nam June Paik Exhibition

Nam June Paik Exhibition

Not long ago, a group Colour My World teachers went on an outing recently to an exhibition of the late style of Korean-American artist Nam June Paik at the Gagosian Gallery on Peddar Street.

We enjoyed ourselves observing the buddhas (and ourselves!) in the facing television screens.

Can you guess whose face is peeping out from behind this Buddha?

The exhibition runs from September 17- November 7 and admission is free! Top tip: don’t forget to get a copy of the layout and information pamphlet from reception before heading around the exhibit, since the various pieces are not clearly marked on the walls of the actual exhibit.

You can find out more about the exhibit on Gagosian’s website.

Have you been already? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below 🙂