One of our interviewed artists – Li Jun – His solo exhibition ‘Impermanent Instant” just opens in Hong Kong and will run till February 14. Congratulations to Li Jun.

Blindspot Gallery, 24-26A, Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong

Photo: Courtesy of Li Jun and Blindspot Gallery

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Here comes the last installment of my selection from 10×10:

7. “Blotter” by No Work (curator” Leigh Ledare) — I am thrilled to see that this publication is in the exhibition.

8. “Interregana” by John Pilson (curator: Shannon Michael Cane) — interesting takes for those of us who has worked in an office

9. “Polaroids” by Dash Snow (curator: Harper Levine and John Gossage) –small and extra large

10. “Some but not all of my clothes” by Israel Lund (curator: David Senior) — economic and so effective.

Here are some more books that I like at the 10×10 in Tokyo:

4. Melissa Dubbins & Aaron S. Davison’s “Fallen Books” (curator: David Solo) — something so tragic but funny!

5. Diane Keaton’s “Mr. Salesman” (curators: Alec Soth & Brad Zellar) — Can’t help falling in love again. I actually bought this book a long time ago in a sales rack.

6. Ofer Wolberger’s “Visitor” (curator: Larissa Leclair) — Another book using  Risography, the quality of the printing and attention to details are superb.

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I decide to post images of some of my favourite books at the Tokyo 10 x 10 exhibit — one book from each of the ten curator’s selection.

1. “Vision: the Black Circle in the Middle of the Sun” by Marie Noelle Catalano (curator: Lindsay Castillo and Rebecca O’Keefe)  ——- This book is dangerous, so many delicious spreads to choose from!

2. Grant Willing’s “Untitled” (curator: Christina Labey) —–one of the few using Risography.

3. “The Known World” by Annie Hall & Sophie Morner  (curator: Bruno Ceschel) —— so nice to see the poetic images of lesbian(?) desire and nature

What do you do when you wake up in the middle of the night and could not fall back to sleep? I must be somewhat nervous about my publication launch later today.  Now this makes a perfect time to blog so that I can forget myself a little.

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I saw two Canadians in the Chelsea galleries yesterday.  First was Toronto-based Ed Burtynski at Bryce Wolkowitz with his Water series.  The exhibit is to coincide with his film Watermark and the book by Steidl.  While I was visiting the gallery there was a group of junior high students too.  They were quite engaged by the work as I could see.  Here at Bryce Wolkowitz it is actually only half of the show – the other half takes place at Howard Greenberg.

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And now comes something a little more provocative (or provoking in a different way) – by Sarah Anne Johnson of Winnipeg. This is her new series which is quite an departure from her previous work.  There are of course elements that are carried over but the subject and her exploration are quite different.  It proves that she is one of the most exciting artists in Canada.  Thanks to the staff at Julie Saul who let me take these shots of the installing.

I must mention that another Winnipeg artist, Simon Hughes, is also showing his New Watercolor in the second space in the Saul Gallery.

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I just saw the exhibit of the 19th century Calcutta-born self taught photographer Julia Margaret Cameron at the MET.  Some of her romantic images have a very contemporary ( sensual) feel that they could be lifted out of a hip fashion magazine of today.  Cameron was already making photobook in 1870s when she was asked by Lord Tennyson to make illustrations for his collection ‘Idylls of the King and other poems.’  She made over a hundred of pictures but chose only a handful of them for the book.  Not satified with the reduced size of her images in the original book, she later printed her own version (in two volumes) in a larger size.