"Born in Shanghai in 1948, Qiu Deshu, one of the few artists to have inspired international recognition since the 1980s, studied traditional ink painting and seal carving when he was a child.
But his career in art was interrupted by the Cultural Revolution when he was sent to work at a plastics factory. When the turmoil ended, he picked up ink painting again and co-founded the Grass Painting Society (cao cao hua she), one of China’s first experimental art societies in the post-Mao period. In the early 1980s, he developed his signature style of works called “fissuring” (liebian).
The concept of “fissuring”, which literally means tearing and change in Chinese, is a pictorial metaphor for the artist’s life and as his artistic career, both of which have experienced dramatic disruptions and setbacks. In these works, he applies vivid colors to xuan paper, which he tears up and mounts the fragments to a base layer, often leaving space between to create a pictorial field with the “cracks” that he feels are symbolic of life’s journey."
So that's for the introduction.
His work is a nice balance between contemporary and traditional.
Coutts - the wealth management private bank located on the Strand in London - supported his exhibition which took place from 1st- 15th November 2012. Qiu is one of only a few Chinese artists to receive international recognition.
But like everything, it is about trying to understand what is actually showing in the work and the story behind it! An artist usually represents an artwork according to a specific state of mind or inspiration. It is not just a line of paint on a canvas.
To be honest, a photograph or a video doesn't replicate the exact wow-factor. However, when in "flesh" before your eyes, it is a complete different story.
All diamonds are sparkling like a thousand stars. Rather hypnotic piece of work.
Estimated at £15 million, the skull is one of a kind!
The art scene has changed since the YBAs shook The Establishment.
So, it is all about patience to obtain the right architecture and this reflects how the creation of a piece of art comes together as well: it is all about passion & patience.
To discover Qiu Deshu works visit Michael Goedhuis website.
Exercising is good to get rid of the excess of energy and mainly keep fit.
2020 Decade of Health & Wellbeing is a great initiative.
"...Decade of Health and Wellbeing is about encouraging people to build these ways into their daily routines and potentially add 7.5 years to their life expectancy..."
When you are sitting down 7.5 hours a day by a desk you need to exercise. They are various options and it doesn't need to be intense.
Some people would rather go for a Yoga or Pilates session, which boost energy and make your muscles relax and stonger at the same time. Of course, it is also a spiritual activity...but some prefer more powerful activities and like to feel the benefit of it straight away.
Creating a community is important. It is not a club but a social meet-up where usually all are welcome to bring ideas and participate.
Here is also the November 2012 events calendar.
Eating healthy is a lifestyle - it should be natural thinking - but having regular physical exercises would complete the entire process. Everyone’s needs are different, of course! Health insurance is also there to give you the right cover in case treatments are needed after a fall or just a light injury.
More and more cycling clubs and groups are emerging. Is this a consequence of last Summer sporting event based in London? Probably... but it is not a trend but more a movement related to wellbeing, efforts, exercising and having fun with others in the open air.
There are almost wild races organised here and there via online networks: read more about Bristol-Bath Tunnel sprint.
Being fit is good as long as it doesn't become an obsession and an extreme activity. It should stay a way to have fun and keep in good shape in the first place. Becoming expert in a category is good too so newcomers would have an example to follow - reaching a goal. But never take it too seriously or you would fall in this section where you could be seen as a body workout fitness fanatic. Like everything, it is about finding the right balance between effort, wellness and relaxation.
Why do people cycle?
A choice - a lifestyle to move faster from A to B.
When it is time to go to work and go home - million of workers commute by train, tube, public transport and it can be chaotic taking not minutes but hours. This also means time and money.
Since the sporting event during Summer 2012, people have started to ride bikes even more.
Sunday mornings see some pelotons of 4 to 8 cyclists all wearing specific jerseys. It is becoming a great social day out too. Meeting and chatting about bicycles parts and accessories, tips and mainly having fun on 2 wheels. There are new dedicated magazines too: Peloton and Rouleur!
Both are beautifully produced.
In the past, taking the bike for a ride was almost a hassle and torture. Nowadays, frames are very light and the entire culture has changed attitude. It is not only a means of transport but also a way to create a team spirit and an outdoor workout, instead of just staying indoor and having dull & lonely occupations.
There is a kind of catch!
Riding on an urban landscape can bring unhappy events. Being protected and visible is essential.
Maybe something is unclear somewhere. What is acceptable, can be done or shouldn't be done by cyclists?!
Drivers seem to be frustrated to see cyclists being first at the traffic lights - but why? This is the point of having a bike: being able to jump the queues and going faster than all metal boxes on wheels.
However, some (bad) cyclists are also crossing the road when there is a red light - not too clever! This gives bad reputation to all other riders.
Remember a tiny hit from a bumper and your wheel, legs, head can be injured. And all that can have irreversible consequences too. Even if it is worth a claim, this is not and shouldn't be the right solution to the problem. Because, such things keep happening over and over again.
A mutual respect is necessary and the roads signs should be respected too whether you are a vehicle owner, a biker or a cyclist!
It should be silly to see a kind of anger going towards road rage! No one wants to see this!
Local Police patrols are trying their best to monitor drivers and cyclists'attitudes. For instance, advising riders to wear a decent helmet and back and front lights at night or not to cycle on pavements!
So, it is not only about the speed but the right way to travel without causing problems for other road users.
Many cities have (thankfully) improved their cyclepaths to ease and welcome the use of bicycles in urban spaces.
This cost a lot of money to re-arrange the entire infrastructure; but there is a positive side to it concerning the reduction of CO2 emissions and the protection of the planet, as climate change has been in the news headlines for sometimes.
Despite of all this support, cyclists have to be vigilant to avoid any unwanted shocks.
There is no magic armour to protect their bodies - so all road users need to start to think differently and stopping/banning the usage of smartphones when moving, should be a first step to improve everyone's life, heatlh and safety.
There are various ways to cycle and have fun.
Some like to join racing & cycling clubs aiming at riding for miles and miles and enjoying the speed and puirsuits too.
Others take it with a different approach.
Riding fixies, fixed gear bikes.
The feeling is unique because completely connected to the bike: wheels, pedals, person!
There is a significant fixie (or fixed gear) scene in Bristol and FixednChips is there to prove it!
A race which is not about speed but about strategy! Forget all the stereotypes about hipsters on bikes. You don't have to be a hipster to be part of it - it is more about being part of a community without going on a power trip.
According to the reports, 79 riders took part of this unreal race.
There was something in place to get extra points: having either mushy peas or a battered sausage at each check point.
All happened peacefully in a well-organised manner...all racers made it back to Queen Square with no cycle accident claims! Most cyclists had decent helmets...just in case something goes wrong. A few scratches and flat tyres but no injuries
It is always better to anticipate and think ahead...this is also the way to ride a fixed gear bike.
photo courtesy of OneGearExeter
There is a total different spirit in this "urban" sport. The competition is there too but it is mainly about meeting and interacting with individuals who have the same passion.
A free race to attend with incredible prizes from il soigneur, state bicycle, fruitmachine...etc
Overall a great sunny day of fun around simple machines without any technology attached to it!