From Erenhot to SF

Last month (January), after spending New Year’s Eve in Taipei with family, I made my way back up to Erenhot City, the bordertown between Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, China. I signed myself up for two weeks of language lessons with the lovely teacher Tuya (who is from Ulaanbaatar) studying Mongolian Cyrillic script- which is referred to as “New Mongolian” by the Chinese Inner-Mongolians. “New Mongolian” script (#8, below) is “new” as opposed to Traditional Mongolian script (#1), which was derived from Uyghur script, as decreed by Chinggis Khan circa 1204 AD.

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I just typed up a long paragraph on the second half of the update here, but I accidentally deleted and now running out of battery, so, I’ll just check out for now and come back to edit later.

Happy Tsagaan Sar- Lunar New Year 2019!

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LEUS 2019

Jan 12-14th: Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, I will be presenting a 20-minute talk at the Landscape Ecology and Urban Sustainability Conference. On Sunday 13th around 3pm I’m scheduled to share my slideshow on “Navigating Contemporary Ecological Concerns via Traditional Dongba Approaches.” I think this will be my first time participating in and speaking at an academic conference… I can’t remember having ever done this before.

VoyageLA article

I have an interview article up on VoyageLA.com … You can find it in the “Thought-Provokers” section, under the “East LA” chapter (specific page, click: here) . Because I was born and raised in MPK, sharing a border with East LA, that’s the closest category that fits. I go by the name D.F. Wing for this article (shortening of: Dava Frog Wing), which is also the name I’ve been using for some of my writing/ publishing projects lately.

I don’t know how long the article will stay up on the website for. Few weeks? Few months?

I actually did go to East LA Community College, twice, for summer credits. I took Sociology, French, and Social Dance (like Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa, Waltz, Foxtrot, etc). That was pretty fun. It’s walking distance from my house! … If “walking distance” is about 1-2 hours. Bus gets there a little faster. Remember how, back in the old days, the Spirit Bus only cost 25 cents per ride? And it went all over town… crossing between Monterey Park and East LA. So there you go. I dont know how much it costs now, or if it’s even still around. I feel so out-of-touch, haha. I should probably attend an MPK City Hall meeting the next time I’m in Cali.

I wonder where most of those other artists are from (if not Los Angeles county), and what’s it like being in East LA now, really? Have there been a lot of new people moving there lately? That’s what was happening to DTLA in the past decade or so. It’s strange to think that this is currently the face of the grassroots-level creative worlds in East LA/ greater LA regions. I dont recognize anyone (except for Leah Samuels… Hi Leah!). I mean, it’s also weird that I’m there, representing as a born-and-bred Angeleno, even though I’m barely ever physically there anymore. It reminds me of that time I found myself at a small party last year, at the Superchief gallery space, and when people got to talking and introducing themselves, I realized that everyone else there was an NYC transplant who lives in LA now, and I was the only person in the room who was originally from LA, but I was only visiting (and from NYC too, ouch).

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But anyway, it’s cool that this magazine is cataloging emerging/ unknown/ underrepresented artists. That’s a great project.

Thanks, VoyageLA…!

e-mail list

Posted on the FB feed earlier:

“I put out a sign-up sheet and started compiling a list of contacts during my show last July. So far I've only sent out one email. I'm thinking of writing another one… It seems a little more personalized than getting things from newsfeeds or blogs because I'm not just throwing things out into the ether, I guess. Not totally sure. It's actually just an experiment. Maybe we'll learn something new through the experience, or maybe not... Maybe I'll just stop, I dunno. Questions/ comments/ suggestions welcome, of course.”

So yeah, if you’d like to start getting occasional emails from me about what I’m up to, work-wise, comment under this post here, or send your email address over to mine:

theparhelia@gmail.com

Birds in the Stone (2013)- 4.5’ x 6’ // acrylic on canvas. For sale // (deadline: November 1, 2018)

Birds in the Stone (2013)- 4.5’ x 6’ // acrylic on canvas. For sale // (deadline: November 1, 2018)

Road to Heaven #3 @ Lijiang Library

ROAD TO HEAVEN #3

[alternative subtitle: A Practice-Based Approach to Theology]

an exhibition of work by Frog*

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Co-produced by Dr. Petra Johnson and HeJixing

@ LIJIANG CITY LIBRARY

from October 12-28th, 2018

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*also featuring: video (work-in-progress) “A Road Closer to the Gods” by An Xiao Mina (USA), with translated transcripts by Lisa Li (CN); “Crane Dance” video excerpt from Jixiang Village’s Qilin Dance (filmed+ edited by Petra Johnson); audio piece “An Interview” featuring Professor FanDahan (CN) and Dr. Petra Johnson (UK), transcript editing by WuShuyin and HeJixing (CN); collaborative pieces with Dongba HeXiudong, Dongba Yanjianhua, Dongba HeSiqiang (CN); “Dog Head” fabricated as a prop for the film “Lashihai’s Ophelia” by Greta Mendez (Trinidad/ UK); live appearance and interview with Dongba HeXiushan a.k.a. Sunny (CN)


OPENING EVENT:

October 13th, Saturday

3-5pm @ the Library Exhibition Room

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3:00: Extract from the Qilin Dance (Crane and Deer)- featuring guest performers HeJixing and MuXian

3:30: Speeches from Library Staff, Officials, Curators, and Lijiang Studio

4:00: Performance Lecture- by Frog

5:00: Library closes; dinner at restaurant


CLOSING EVENT:

October 27th, Saturday

3:00-5:00: Readings of collected feedback; Q & A

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Special thanks to Hannah Zhang, Jay Brown, and Lijiang Studio’s October residents: WuShuyin, Kartika Mediana, Witold van Ratingen, and Adrian Tyus(Trillion Rexford)

"IN SIGHT OF THE GLACIER"

Out here at Lijiang Studio again from August 1st to October 15th (maybe). Jixiang Village just finished performing another round of the Qilin Dance for HeWenzhao's official studio opening, and now we're kicking off Petra's 3rd session of the year. 

Photo from HeZhongli's house/ Qilin Dance Revival (2014)

Photo from HeZhongli's house/ Qilin Dance Revival (2014)

I picked up 15 prints of the #slowtrain zine ("Manman Yawaarai" / "Please Go Slowly") from the Golden Wheel Printshop this afternoon and tonight I'm folding them into halves. Tomorrow I'll cut glue sew and bind them, and then they will be done for good. Another completed production by SunDogs Studio. Email me if you want a copy, I'll send to your address, free shipping.  

/// #slowtrain zine: Color copies $10 / B&W $5

COMING UP NEXT: more illustrations for dreampr00f, a Qilin Dance book, and another zine called ROOK (follow-up piece to Zaria's Quadrivium: Infinite show from 2015). I have a few other project ideas in mind, but these are the next three to knock off the list. There will be no peace until I deliver these first. 

BLOOD MONEY

I have a new zine called "Human Eyes, Gamblers" up in a show called Blood Money at the Lucas Lucas gallery: 57 Conselyea St., Brooklyn (August 10-19th). I only printed 3 of those so far... go get a copy if you want a Collector's Item.

COLLEGE

I finally graduated with a BFA in Painting! Undergrad only took me 13 years. I feel ambivalent about it... But anyways, yeah, just letting you know. It's done. I'm sorry. And thanks. 

Convergences

I have a painting in this group show (in Peekskill, NY), which will be up until end of June: 

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"Convergences: Connecting Community and Creativity will open on May 14th in the Atrium of the HRHCare Jeannette J. Phillips Health Center in Peekskill. This exhibit is jointly sponsored by HRHCare, the Peekskill Arts Association, and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, and will run through June 28th.

On Saturday, May 19th, there will be a reception in honor of the exhibit in the Atrium from 12 to 2pm. Several of the artists whose work is being exhibited will be on hand to talk about their work, and refreshments will be available.

On Saturday, June 2nd, Convergences will be featured as part of the city-wide Peekskill Open Studios from 12 to 5pm. This will serve as another great opportunity for the public to enjoy the art, and learn more about the mission of Hudson River Health Care." 

From: http://www.hrhcare.org

Address: 1037 Main St, Peekskill, NY 10566

PUBLIC COLORS/ PRIVATE LINES

First week involves a performance at the Gothic House and some Children's Workshops at the Citadel, both in Spandau. On the 27th (tomorrow) I'll be performing with Arief Yudi Rahman from the Jatiwangi Art Factory, sometime between 7 and 8pm. 

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PUBLIC COLORS/ PRIVATE LINES

CHRISTINE FALK & ALFRED BANZE / CAMPING AkADEMIE e.V.
PICTURES, INSTALLATIONS & PROJECTS

The exhibition „Public Colors / Private Lines“ shows paintings, drawings and videos by Christine Falk and Alfred Banze, as well as participative projects that they have realized with their association Camping Akademie e.V. in the past 10 years in Berlin and around the world, often in Emerging and developing countries. New works created in China in 2017 form a center of the exhibition. The collection of the city museum is included.

EXHIBITION April 28 to June 24, 2018
Gothic House, Breite Strasse 32, 13597 Berlin Spandau
Mon – Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 12am to 6pm

VERNISSAGE on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7pm
Performances by Dava Frog Wing, Lijiang Studio, USA / China
and Arief Yudi Rahman, Jatiwangi Art Factory, Indonesia
Welcome: Gerhard Hanke, district councilor and Ralf F. Hartmann, cultural office Spandau

FINISSAGE on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at 7 pm Music performance with Kopi Kaputa
Reading with Christine Falk, travel stories