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Artist Trevor Yeung’s ode to plant life and cruising culture

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Trevor Yeung’s work has always been about control, he says – and plants. The artist, who describes himself as a horticulturalist, links these concerns to a secret fish tank he kept as a child, and later to the carnivorous plants he grew at university because pets were forbidden in his student accommodation. ‘I learned how important it was to provide the right conditions to sustain life,’ Yeung recalls in his Hong Kong studio, which is filled with palms, small trees, and shrubs. ‘Being aware of this power started to shape me.’

Yeung made his first plant work in 2011, just after graduation: an installation designed to grow a Venus flytrap, which requires a lot of attention, he’s quick to mention, since they’re picky about water and deplete their finite energy reserves whenever their jaws open and snap shut. Cutely titled I could be a good boyfriend, the plant was housed in a bell jar, which encased the microcosm Yeung produced for life to grow while highlighting his containment of that life as a result. Care thus transforms into authority or guardianship, depending on your perspective. That tension charges Yeung’s work, which isn’t about plants so much as it is about living within relational systems – something the artist will explicitly explore in his first institutional show in the UK, slated to open at London’s Gasworks on September 28, 2023.

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‘The Legendary Mo Seto’ is an epic martial arts adventure

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A 12-year-old taekwondo black belt, Mo Seto dreams of landing a role in a martial arts film opposing one of her idols. However, she finds out that she is too short to even qualify for an audition. With her heart set on the role, Mo sneaks into the auditions anyway. The newly released middle-grade novel The Legendary Mo Seto, follows Mo along her journey, where she finds a secret form of martial arts traced back to her ancestors and faces many lessons of self-discovery.

While Mo’s story may be fictional, the inspiration for it was not. A. Y. Chan, author of The Legendary Mo Seto, was a young martial arts enthusiast herself. She drew from her own experiences at taekwondo practices, which she began at age six, and sneaking peeks at her parents’ Hong Kong martial arts movies to write her debut novel.

Read more: https://asamnews.com/2024/07/07/the-legendary-mo-seto-is-an-epic-martial-arts-adventure/

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Transcript: How to develop your taste in art, with critic Ariella Budick

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The US art critic Ariella Budick is one of my favourite explainers at the Financial Times. I often look up her art reviews after I’ve seen a show at a museum in New York, as I’m trying to form my own opinion on it. Ariella’s reviews do a few things. They place the artist in context. They consider whether the exhibit did them justice. They cover a huge variety of shows across time periods and the world, and they often make me laugh a lot. Recently, she wrote a scathing review of a video art exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art by the artist Joan Jonas, and in it she wrote that the show was like walking a puppy. You’re curious about every leaf, but in the end you just, quote, spend an eternity nosing the same unpromising patch of sidewalk. Ariella is with me to talk about the craft of being an art critic and how we can be more adventurous and trust our judgment when it comes to art. Ariella, hi. Welcome to the show.

Read more: https://www.ft.com/content/84d96d7d-2b33-4474-ac4c-0003ae36c2b1

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Urban Aboriginal art takes centre stage at the 2024 Sydney Biennale

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Search for the origins of contemporary Indigenous art in Australia and the answer is surprisingly specific: the Northern Territory town of Papunya, c1971, with a depiction of the Honey Ant Dreaming ancestral tale in a large-scale mural. This was the birth of “dot painting”, the reproduction on paper or canvas of traditional styles of sand and body ceremonial art, and it brought global fame to artists such as Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Kaapa Tjampitjinpa.

In the minds of many outside Australia, Aboriginal art, both old and new, is linked to remote areas of the country. Yet contemporary Indigenous art has always had an urban side, most notably in Queensland art schools in the 1980s, where students included Tracey Moffatt, who became the first Indigenous artist to represent Australia in a solo show at the Venice Biennale, and the brilliant Gordon Bennett, who skewered colonial history by appropriating large chunks of western art.

Read more: https://www.ft.com/content/d819b351-4e98-4ee8-978e-3916bcf2baf8#comments-anchor

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