Shampoo Whatever #1 | Facebook
Check it y’all, I’m now part of an art collective with some uber talented folks in Hong Kong. We’re gonna be showing new work bi monthly (gulp). If you’re around be sure to come see one of our shows.
p.s. roundtrip tickets from the US are only $1,800, just sayin’
The A·lift presents the Shampoo Whatever group, a cluster of Internet artists working in Hong Kong. They draw freely from jpegs, websites, Facebook, YouTube, and incorporate elements of the online experience into their conceptual practice. Through the process of reconfiguring ready-mades, be it virtual or actual, they create paradoxical experiences and engage with the fluid nature of perception.
Unit 4, 8/F, Block A, Wah Luen Industrial Building, Wong Chuk Yeung Street, Fotan
∴ 25 August 2014
Collective assemble! I think we’re called Papapa.
About to start showing bi-monthly with Mak, Eason, Sin, Edward, and Rhody.
∴ 2 August 2014
Issue 3 is available for pre-order.
If you haven’t already, go buy this beautiful book. If it means anything, a few of my images are floating around in there somewhere.
∴ 2 July 2014
My weird lil’ 32 pg. zine on Mac Demarco’s Hong Kong trip has been floating around for a little while now. Thanks again Vanessa for hooking up the graphic design work and taking photos of the zine!
∴ 12 June 2014
I’m officially a college graduate.
A big thanks goes out to my family, friends, and professors.
∴ 8 June 2014
From the Bottom Up
Given that I don’t have Facebook, I thought this would be the best place to share my recent whereabouts in Hong Kong. I’ll keep this short and oversimplified. To start, the past three months have a period of intense struggling. The gravy train of college and all the resources that it encompassed dried up on March 15th, my last day of college. After school ended I was under the impression that I’d be assisting an artist in town full time, only to find out that he was taking of advantage of me and feeding me false promises (a characteristic which I now know he’s famous for). With no money and no job, I ended up being homeless for a few weeks and eventually barely affording a shared room with six random men at the size of 100 sq ft.
Living off 10 USD a day, I started taking any work I could get. All free time disappeared so I could teach 10 hrs a week of English, work in a restaurant for 50 hrs, do odd event photography/freelance video (to which I had to borrow cameras for because I was robbed at the beginning of the year), and really anything else that came my way. To my good karma, people came out of the woodworks to help me through this period and I’m incredibly thankful for them, especially Skene Milne, David Boyce, and Vanessa Lilak.
By the time Art Basel rolled around I was in a state of absolute hopelessness due to my seemingly never ending struggle. At this time I had a chance encounter with the young artist Oscar Murrillo. We spoke for a bit over his period of struggling and how he persevered to the successful point he’s at now. This conversation rejuvenated the justifications for all my sacrifices and what I was doing felt right again.
Shortly after Art Basel I had just enough money to put a down payment on a two bedroom apartment in the triad quarters of town. The apartment was cheap largely because it was in piss poor condition. It actually smelled like hot piss, the walls were in need of re-plastering, and all the florescent light fixtures buzzed. Now after nearly three weeks of that stank and sleeping on a single mattress with no sheets, I’m almost done renovating. And finally after two damn months, I’ll start harnessing that spare bedroom as a studio to make some fucking art.
It took blood, sweat, and tears to get this point. Honestly, I knew it was gonna be tough trying to make it as a young artist, let alone in Hong Kong of all places, but I’ve got this on lock. My chips are all in, I know exactly what I want to say, and I have the money to do it now. Full speed ahead.
∴ 5 June 2014
Looking for inspiration around Hong Kong with my now stolen TLR.
∴ 16 February 2014
Portal #1, 2014
Vinyl Adhesive Sticker, 24” x 20”
∴ 3 February 2014
Our Kickstarter is up. See the almost whole book in the video above.
Mossless Issue Three:The United States
Hey y’all, support the Kickstarter for this ambitious publication that I’m honoured to be involved with.
∴ 31 January 2014