Shanghai, China… First impressions

Posted: August 15, 2015 in Studio Practice, Thought Process - Conversations
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August 15th, 2015

Shanghai, China… First impressions

Today marks exactly three weeks when we boarded our flight to leave Prague and take on our new adventure in Shanghai. Imagine we just walked into a museum and saw a painting titled “Shanghai”

When you first observe this city it embodies a large painting hanging on the wall of a vey grand museum. The scale of the museum is beyond comprehension. Yet the painting/city of Shanghai fits proportionately and comfortably in its surroundings.   Visually you are struck by the richness of the colors and stark contrasts within each layer. There are intense juxtapositions everywhere. From massive high rises next to Temples, Western Schools with grand facilities, next to outdoor markets where you can see and smell fresh vegetables, stalls with spices, curtain makers, water delivery service, and live seafood.

One of the first things to observe is the movement throughout. Like the lines that move across a painting, the people, the cars, the dragonflies, all have a strange fluidity to them. They move, duck, dive, jerk, swerve, coast, and flow as if it is part of a well oiled ballet….

The backdrop of beautiful blue skies has greeted us with the weight of humidity and intense summer heat that you can both see and feel. But as we continue our journey it seems to be giving way to more pleasant days and warm summers evening. Brilliant colors strike through the evening above a green/gray hue of activity at street level. Energy, still, people, food, smells, all seem to collaborate in a village under the guides of a super mega city. Turn the corner and you only hear the shuffle of feet, the sweeping of streets by singular people with hand made booms. Turn your head and feel the electric scooter, the dog brush by, and the cellular conversation that breaks through the air…

This place is a unique piece of work in its very own magnificent definition of the word. Mostly it has, will, and wants to challenge your senses, understandings, and above all it inspires.  Chuck close says, “The advice I like to give young artists, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work”

I very much agree. I am fortunate in I don’t have to look for inspiration; inspiration is on my doorstep.

It is time to walk into this place, build a studio, create a team, and get to work.

Cheers,    Cory

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Comments
  1. Emiy says:

    Looking forward to enjoying this journey with you and yours!

  2. Roger Koehler says:

    Cory, what a great short story. It makes us feel like we have been there. You are not just the Artist that knows how to use a brush or create a sculpture with your hands but leave an impression in your writing, as well. Thanks for sharing, Bonnie & Roger

  3. Beth Ineson says:

    I am very much looking forward to seeing your new work! You are deeply missed, my friend and the school is not the same without you and your better half. Still, I am enjoying my painting every day and your family is never far from my thoughts.
    PRAYER COMING YOUR WAY………
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