London Study Trip, 14th of Jan 2014

Wellcome Collection,

Lena Bui

Invisible currents I and II of IV

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Lena Bui’s inkjet prints depict swarming bacteria when seen under the microscope. Exposure to these microorganisms is inherent to living and working with animals and they pose a daily risk to famers and abattoir workers. Bui’s prints mirror her video pieces shown in the same exhibition entitled ‘Where birds dance their last’.
The seven minute works show Vietnamese workers sorting feathers in Trieu Khuc, the ‘feather village’ in Hanoi. The work’s repetitious shots of workers raking feathers highlight the monotony of their task. Bui’s pieces show impossibly large numbers of benign looking objects.

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Hauser & Wirth,

Zhang Enli

The Wires and Pipes

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Zhang uses a measured framework for his pieces, you can see the pencil construction lines showing through the paint. This can be seen as his way of constraining and ordering the haphazard world of the everyday objects he chooses to depict.

He paints from memory, photographs and sketches – rarely from life. This correlates to his use of faint colours and indistinct lines – he is drawing the information he uses to paint from a secondary source, therefore they take on a dreamlike quality.

Gallery of African Art

Hassan Musa

Antilope (1)  (French spelling of antelope)

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Hassan Musa’s Contemporary Calligraphy represents a fusion of African and oriental styles which distinguishes his work. I enjoyed his ‘mail art’ – Musa would paint on the envelopes he’d send to his friends and colleagues.

I was impressed with his talent in combining imagery and text. Instead of merely painting a representation of an animal, he’d use the actual calligraphy characters to portray the figure.

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