The past few days have been incredible and all leading up to this evening's opening. We had a number of local artists and other residents attend to view the various works produced during our stay in Beijing. It was really nice to witness the reactions of the local Chinese artists since our work is extremely different from the contemporary Chinese art we've seen over the past few weeks.
Tong (captured to the left with his portrait) seemed particularly pleased with the art on display. I can't help but wonder how it must feel to have Western foreigners visit your culture and create reaction pieces to what you consider ordinary or even mundane but very personal.
The show "Caste into the Light," is composed of 12 of my individual paintings created during the two and a half weeks I have been in China. The works are directly related to people I have encountered and attempt to capture my immediate perception of these various characters. Similar to my thesis during my residency in Estonia- I intend my immediate reactions will be superficial in nature to mimic the action of "snap judgements" or passing judgement on a person or a group of people based on superficial factors. I propose these snap judgements merely reiterate the caricature-like preconceived notions we possess on certain ethnic and racial groups. The purpose of these works are to question the validity of these preconceived notions and determine if they actually hold true or if they perpetuate racial tensions as a result of ignorance.
This evening's opening was a great success. It is hard to believe that in a mere 48 hours I will be on a plane back to London. I've had such a wonderful experience in Beijing I am excited to see how these experiences translate into my work produced in the UK.