|Macau, by nite...a enchanting place!|
|The two 'glamour' ladies|
|Celebration (Portuguese) dinner, after exhibition opening|
ACG was asked to find a writer for a group of Malaysian-based artists who were invited to participate in the 1st Macau Printmaking Triennial and needed to submit a 5000 word article on the Developments of Print Making in Malaysia (ie. since 1930s-today). After asking around the art circle and getting a negative response (who has the time to research and prepare a 5K essay?), i took up the challenge, which proved a most enriching experience!
|Comes in a set of two volumes|
|Published in 3-languages, Macau-style!|
|Frank (right) and Jarvis, his assistant|
|Ilse Noor, Lye Yau Fatt & Faizal Suhif could not make it|
They helped each other weigh their luggage the night before returning back to Malaysia (courtesy of Kak Siti's travelling weighing scale) to ensure no one's baggage was over the weight.make quite a racket. Luckily we had the whole side of the hotel to us. It was quite a feat because our bags were HEAVY due to the numerous books and artists catalogs amassed during our 6-day trip. Loo Foh Sang, artist extraordinaire collected unsold paintings from gallery in Shenzhen. That was a huge & long package with 6" diameter. The guys took turn trying to lift it to check the weight! And due to the numerous tries, the weighing scale almost gave way!
After 3 days in Macau, we took the ferry to Shekou Port, en route to Shenzhen city. Our travel agent had assigned a capable guide, a young Chinese man who loved to add a sprinkling of Malay to his sentences :)
|Muslim peddlars selling a traditional delicacy of nuts & fruits|
Why were we there? Not so much for the shopping (though we were staying at Lee Garden Inn, right smack in the middle of Sg Wang-style shopping area heaven). Our intention was to visit a Print Artist village called Guanlan Printmaking Base. So bright an early the next morning we headed for Guanlan and they took us to see the Printmaking Workshop but was not allowed in, so could not interact with the printmakers who were pretty busy printmaking to notice any visitors! We were only allowed to look in from a fish bowl kind of enclosure. I guess there was some misunderstanding (or was that the normal procedure), for we not mere tourists. We wanted to interact, exchange ideas or at least view in more detail the processes.
Well, maybe when another one of our artists goes in for residency, then there will be another chance to visit & explore. Btw, one of our print sifu, Loo Foh Sang had actually stayed here for 10 days doing his residency some years ago.
|Inside the Guanlan Printmaking workshop enclosure|
For more of our trip, do visit our printmaking blog, www.printmakingmalaysia.blogspot.com