Art Book & Hand Scroll Set (Limited Edition) by Howie Tsui

Very thankful/amped (ampful?) to share a beaut of a limited edition box set produced by Art Labor Gallery.

Set includes:

a book (cloth bound, lenticular cover, open-chest binding) with an essay by Karen Smith (Director, OCAT Museum Xi’an), a wide-ranging conversation between myself and Anna Holmwood (official English translator of Jin Yong’s Legend of the Condor Heroes), a Retainers of Anarchy character glossary, with a contribution from photographer Greg Girard and images on various types of kooky papers.

a Retainers of Anarchy handscroll printed on ricepaper and mounted on silk.

For more information and inquires, please contact Art Labor Gallery: info@artlaborgallery.com

Special Thanks goes out to Art Labor Gallery, Government of Canada and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, Martin Kemble, Shasha Lui, Madeleine Cater, Karen Smith, Anna Holmwood and Greg Girard.

Retainers of Anarchy at OCAT Xi'an by Howie Tsui

Howie Tsui: "Retainers of Anarchy"
Exhibition Dates: November 3, 2018 to February 3, 2019

OCAT Xi'an is thrilled, in this our anniversary year, to join in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery, which commissioned artist Howie Tsui to created the work Retainers of Anarchy in 2017.

Retainers of Anarchy is a scroll-like film organised around a large format video projection 17 meters in length that references the life of heroes and the communities they protect during the Song Dynasty (960–1279AD). It draws for inspiration and motifs upon the wuxia genre of martial arts fiction and fantasy. As an animation, Retainers is the result of hundreds of individual drawings, special here is that the video there is neither beginning nor end in the conventional sense, only the computer program randomly zooms in and out of the various animated scenes creating a new experience each time the work is viewed.

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Acknowledgements

"Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy" is a highlight programme for the OCAT Xi'an fifth anniversary year. The project could not have been possible without the support and assistance of the team at the Vancouver Art Gallery including Gallery Director Kathleen Bartels, Associate Curator of Asian Art Diana Freundl, Head of AV Wade Thomas, and Curatorial Assistant of Touring Exhibitions Justina Bohach.

Thanks go to the artist Howie Tsui, his collaborator Remy Siu, and animators Roxanne Zagar, Kodai Yanagawa, Amelia Earhart, Kerel Alaas, and Sitji Chou. We are also grateful to Martin Kemble and the team at Art Labor, Shanghai, for bringing the work of Howie to our attention and for their support of this project.

OCAT Xi'an also received support from the Canada Council for the Arts; the Canadian Embassy, Bejing, and we offer special thanks to Martin Laflamme, Nancy Xie and Liu Zengyue.

Bites Back at Art Labor, Shanghai by Howie Tsui

My first show in Shanghai opens this Saturday at ART LABOR.  Preview photos incoming.

Beside Yourself @ Audain Art Centre by Howie Tsui

     To be beside yourself.  To think of others, besides yourself. To feel outside yourself. We are in interaction with an affective field, the body a surface of intensities, the brain translating these, at times, as emotions or feelings. Artworks have the capacity to move us, and artworks contain much that resists interpretation. The ‘emotional turn’ in art might stem from the realization that the experience of the body means something, especially in its connection to the surrounding world – how relations between things, object, beings, and events, assemblages of materials and entities external to ourselves, have potential for sparking new affective relations. Feeling the body destabilized and decentered can bring one closer to demystifying the ’primacy of the subject,’ a position around which oppressive, alienating structures arose. We have come to realize that to be affected and to have the capacity to affect figures largely around questions of agency, and trying to come to terms with what lies beyond our knowledge can be of the utmost urgency.   Beside yourself   reflects on the potential of artworks as they exist in affective relation to us.

 

To be beside yourself.  To think of others, besides yourself. To feel outside yourself. We are in interaction with an affective field, the body a surface of intensities, the brain translating these, at times, as emotions or feelings. Artworks have the capacity to move us, and artworks contain much that resists interpretation. The ‘emotional turn’ in art might stem from the realization that the experience of the body means something, especially in its connection to the surrounding world – how relations between things, object, beings, and events, assemblages of materials and entities external to ourselves, have potential for sparking new affective relations. Feeling the body destabilized and decentered can bring one closer to demystifying the ’primacy of the subject,’ a position around which oppressive, alienating structures arose. We have come to realize that to be affected and to have the capacity to affect figures largely around questions of agency, and trying to come to terms with what lies beyond our knowledge can be of the utmost urgency. Beside yourself reflects on the potential of artworks as they exist in affective relation to us.

Leaked Pics - Retainers of Anarchy (Taohua Island) by Howie Tsui

Awaiting proper documentation, so can't share the complete piece, but don't mind leaking some of these details.