Issue 9 : A Walk in the Forest

  • Cover by Cristina Rodriguez

publisher/editor/designer ~ charwei tsai
editors ~ kelly carmena, lesley ma, and sabrina shaffer
contributors ~ heman chong, kevin hooyman, aki kondo, takashi kuribayashi,
domingo milella, donna ong, imran qureshi, cristina rodriguez, varunika saraf,
dana schutz, mithu sen, and wu chi-tsung
special thanks ~ angela garcia, veerangana solanki, mami kataoka, tsering tashi gyalthang
cover & back ~ cristina rodriguez, untitled (CF121.1), 31 x 41cm, chartpack color film, acrylic
paint, magazine transfer, and gold leaf on canvas, 2012; untitled no. p000.006, 47.6 x 43cm,
chartpack color film, acrylic paint, gold leaf, and mixed media on mylar, 2012
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copyright ~ lovely daze, spring, 2013
printed in my beloved formosa


KELLY CARMENA lives and works in New York City.

HEMAN CHONG is an artist, curator and writer. His art practice involves an investigation into the philosophies, reasons and methods of individuals and communities imagining the future. He has participated in numerous international biennales including Asia Pacific Triennial 7 (2012), Performa 11, Momentum 6 (both in 2011), Manifesta 8 (2010), 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008), SCAPE Christchurch Biennale (2006), Busan Biennale (2004), 10th India Triennial (2000) and represented Singapore in the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

KEVIN HOOYMAN was born in 1974 in Two Harbors, Minnesota and raised in Seattle, Washington. He now makes his home in Providence, Rhode Island. He has always been drawing and since 1998 has been self-publishing books of his work and doing his best to make a living with a pen.

AKI KONDO was born in 1987 in Hokkaido. She lives and works in Tokyo. Kondo uses dynamic compositions, strong, vivid colors and a determined, confident brush in committing to her canvases images that encapsulate deep and complex stories.

TAKASHI KURIBAYASHI was born in 1968 in Nagasaki, Japan. He graduated from Musashino Art University (1993) and Kunstakademie Dusseldorf (2002). Having studied nihonga, Kuribayashi has always been interested in spaces where some kind of border or series of layers divides the world into different zones. He recreates such locations in three-dimensional installations. Viewers are able to experience the multiple viewpoints that such animals have. Kuribayashi has held solo exhibitions at various locations including the Kolnisches Stadt Museum, Cologne (2003) and has participated in international exhibitions including Mediations Biennale (2012), “Sensing Nature” at Mori Art Museum (2010), “New Nature” at The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2007), “Thermocline of Art – New Asian Waves” at ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe and Singapore Biennale (both in 2006).

LESLEY MA, finally a PhD candidate, is working on her dissertation on 1960s Taiwanese abstract paintings and living amongst forests of books and high-rise buildings.

DOMINGO MILELLA was born in 1981 in Bari, Italy where he lived until he was 18 years old. At that age, he moved to New York City to study photography at the School of Visual Arts (BFA 2005), where Stephen Shore was one of his teachers. He worked with Massimo Vitali from 2003 to 2010. Thomas Struth has been an influential mentor for him. Since 2001, Milella has been developing his project on landscape. Currently, he lives and works between his home town in southern Italy and New York. His photographs have been shown at Brancolini Grimaldi, Rome/London, Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York, at Foam Fotografie Museum, Amsterdam, and at Les Rencontres d’Arles. Frank. Her retrospective “If the Face Had Wheels” opened at the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York (2011) and traveled to the Miami Art Museum and Denver Art Museum. Her most recent solo exhibition was “Piano in the Rain” at Petzel Gallery, New York (2012). Her paintings are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Tel Aviv Museum; Israel, among others. A new traveling exhibition is being organized by the Hepworth Wakefield Museum, UK for October, 2013.

MITHU SEN was born in 1971 near Calcutta and currently lives and works in New Delhi. She earned her BFA and MFA degrees in painting at the Santiniketan University in West Bengal and later studied in Glasgow. Trained as a painter, Mithu works in a wide variety of media, making site and time specific installations that often combine sculpture, video, sound, drawings, and even poetry. Blending fact and fiction, Sen incorporates self-portraits along with her fantastical creations. She has had residencies in New York, Brazil, China, Austria, Kenya, Japan and South Africa and solo exhibitions of her works have been held at Nature Morte and the British Council, New Delhi; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai; Bose Pacia, New York; Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna; Galerie Steph, Singapore; Espace Louis Vuitton, Taipei; and Suzie Q Projects, Zurich. Mithu received the SKODA award 2010 for the best contemporary artist in India.

SABRINA SHAFFER co-owns and runs a manufacturing and trading company. In her spare time, she waits tables at her mama’s restaurant. / /

CHARWEI TSAIwould like to thank her dearest editors, artists, and friends for all of their wonderful contributions for Lovely Daze in the last eight years.

WU CHI-TSUNG was born in 1981 in Taipei. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in oil painting from the Taipei National University of the Arts (2004). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Taiwan and abroad, including: “Sub-Phenomena: Report on the State of Chinese Young Art”, CAFAM Art Museum, Beijing and “Boundaries on the Move: Taiwan-Israel, A Cross-Culture Dialogue”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya Israel (both in 2012); “Taiwan Calling – The Phantom of Liberty”, Ludwig Museum, Budapest and “Elusive Island”, Műcsarnok – Kunsthalle Budapest (2010); “Our Future: The Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2008); “Artes Mundi”, Wales International Visual Art Prize, National Museum of Cardiff, UK (2006); 6th Shanghai Biennial (2006), Shanghai, China; and “The Elegance of Silence”, Mori Museum, Tokyo (2005).