Entry intoTsai Ming-Liang’s ‘Stray Dogs at the Museum’ exhibition at MoNTUE; totally overrun by fragrant foliage
Stray Dogs at the Museum by Malaysia-born, Taiwan-based film maker Tsai Ming-Liang was a stand out show I encountered during my recent trip to Taipei. Tsai’s feature film Stray Dogs won the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival in September last year and his exhibition at university space MoNTUE featured vignettes from the film installed in galleries overrun by shrubby off-cuts of foliage, providing not only a dramatic backdrop but a distinctly earthy odour.
Simple rituals performed by a solitary figure are split across three screens. Accumulations of leaves pile in the corners of the space.
Each screen in the exhibition was modified by the artist; crushed, rubbed with charcoal, recalling the traditions of scroll painting. The footage featured a solitary figure enacting simple, everyday rituals – sucking on chicken bones, squatting and smoking, staring into the distance – imagery that is at once exotic and resoundingly familiar. This was a beautiful, simple, poetic foil to the earnest, documentary style traditions that seem to proliferate in Taiwanese video art.
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LOL leaves for a two week research trip to Taipei and Manila today (thank you Ian Potter Foundation/employers!) to check out the above, amongst other things. Keep an eye on
Saul Steinberg, ‘Girl in Bathtub’, 1949
A lude drawing in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks
Here’s a surprise – a saucy doodle in one of Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbooks. Likely drawn by the artist’s cheeky apprentice and lover Salai, it’s pleasing to know that dick pics have been amusing even the fanciest of humans for hundreds of years. More here.
Sterling Ruby in his California studio
Art world darling Sterling Ruby’s just created some vividly coloured stage backdrops – not unlike those in his recent Hauser and Wirth show -for BasilicaSoundScape music festival, so Blouin Artinfo asked him to share his current studio playlist. A bit patchy, but good to see perennial LOL faves Chrome in there – listen below. Turns out Ruby’s introduction to the band consisted of him getting high in the back of a van with Helios Creed (one half of Chrome) in 1993. Nice for some.
As an aside, LOL’s just discovered the recent fashion collaboration between Ruby and his Belgian designer pal Raf Simons, featuring a rather outrageous $33,000 parka. You can view some of the collection here and below is a snap from the catwalk with some Ruby soft sculps in the background.
Raf Simons with Sterling Ruby at 2014 Paris Fashion Week