Before Vieta & Qoorio, long long time ago I used to live in Penang, Malaysia for 7 years (feeling so old 😂).
During that period of time I was part of the founding team in Hin Bus Depot art centre. It was difficult to work in non-profit, we always had to fundraise, resources were scarse, we were constantly stressed, overworked and tired to push against society norms and expectations.
But there were so many beautiful projects that made it worthwhile. I still smile remembering The Star by Malaysian artist Jun Hao Ong curated by me and Eeyan Chuah.
I am passionate about site specific, spatial art to this day. Art has to cross the boundary from museums back to us, into the streets and sad public squares.
Art is so much more than a price tag at the auction.
It doesn't have to be elitist, but rather a uniting experience.
You can see some really good photos by Allisamazing and photos/video by Ronaldas Buožis.
Yesterday I attended my first ever virtual art fair. Over 200 selected galleries set up their virtual 'booths' for the first virtual edition of Frieze New York, which opened for arts professionals and collectors on May 6th, and will launch to the public later today.
While the virtual fair experience did not fully replace the experience of attending the physical art fair for me (I missed professional meetings, public and parallel programmes of the fair, and the experience of physically seeing the works, to name just a few ), I found many advantages of the virtual edition. Here are some of my top ones:
• MARKET TRANSPARENCY - unlike in the physical art fair, all the prices of the artworks are readily available without having to inquire, which can be an invaluable resource for emerging collectors just starting to navigate the art market.
• EFFECTIVE SEARCH CAPABILITY - as an emerging collector, you may, for example, start your search for works with a price bracket for under $10K, or explore artworks in your favourite medium (say, photography or installation), simply saving so much time.
• EXTENDED DURATION OF THE FAIR- private & public preview combined, the virtual fair will last for 10 days, about twice the duration of a physical art fair, giving the opportunity for longer research and extra time to come back to the works and make a more informed decision on what to purchase.
Not to mention all the time and money we're saving as we don't need to fly and stay in New York for several days. Register for Frieze online viewing room and let me know what's your experience of attending the virtual art fair!
Why artists are poor?
I have received quite a few talk requests here on Qoorio from young people aspiring to create.
One of the most pressing question for young creative is the managment of time, since most juggle between jobs and projects trying to survive and practise art at the same time.
There is no easy answer to this question as we are products of our society, shaped by shared values, public policies and peer pressure.
This is an interesting interview exploring the subject of art funding, poverty among creators and public notion on what is good art.
If I had to give parents one piece of advice, it would definitely be:
🌺Encourage your children to volunteer🌺
Why? Because almost every soft skill that I have today was in some shape of form created or grown by my different volunteer work experiece.
1. I learned to be communicative.
2. Networking and public speaking became less & less stressful and more & more enjoyable.
3. Gained so much knowledge about art, film, theatre an other industries.
All in all, I believe that volunteering is one of the best ways to grow as a human being and learn about others.