I’m not sure what exactly made this week the week for great art events, but there’s a bunch coming up and they begin tonight! So in honor of all the great art being thrown at us from now until Sunday, here’s a special art events round up. A taste of what you can look forward to: Artist battles, a Shanghai Old Town photography exhibit, the start of the World Photography Festival and Open Goat!
Okay, the actual Artist battle isn’t until next week, when Dyce Productions will host twenty artists, both local and international, completing original artworks in just three hours at 800 Show. But you can join in on the live collaborative painting at cool loft venue The Nut tonight! Called Just Rabbits, it’s decription goes something like this: “In a world like this, it’s better to flip it and be original. This night of fun is brought to you by: Serena Barbieri: Aperitivo and drinks. Greenhouse Project: Art direction, music and fun. Lorenzo Petrillo: Supervision from sea level. Baiba Ladiga: Fashion illustrations and fashion design.”
7pm, The Nut, Bld E 1F 1147 Kangding Lu near Wuning Lu, 康定路1147号
Meanwhile, today’s also the first day of the World Photography Festival in Shanghai. The Festival program is full of exhibitions, talks, workshops, photoshoots and portfolio reviews, starting with a giant party at 18 Gallery… you can buy your tickets here.
18 Gallery, Bund 18 in Shanghai, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu 中山东一路18号
A delightful photography exhibt called “Shanghai Old Town 上海.老城” opens on Friday at 6:30pm. The photographer, Wang Junhua has photographed and curated Shanghai’s Old City and its glorious past. He’ll be there to talk about this both familiar and unfamiliar city, its forgotten corners, building blocks and memorable images.
6:30pm, Global Club, 1158 Luochuan Zong Lu near Hutai Lu, 洛川中路1158号近沪太路
The OPEN GOAT is a crazy experiment where musicians, the tone deaf and artists will meet in an open space and the let their creative juices mix, crash, fuse and explode. The aim is to jam one hour (or potentially longer) of pure improvisation, just for the sick ear-pleasure of finding out what happens. The GOAT will be generously lubricated by well-priced Belgian beer from the 1918’s onsite bar. Artists will free-paint, free-draw or free-whatever they want on empty canvasses lining the gallery walls. A recording of the GOAT will be sent to electronic musicians in the city to be remixed and reworked. Participants will all receive digital copies.
3pm to 6pm, 19 Art Space, 694 Huai’an Lu, near Changhua Lu
The opening reception for Belgium artist, Lore Vanelslande’s most recent series “God is a Circle” runs from 3 -6. Lore Vanelslande, who graduated from Royal Academy of Fine Art, came to Shanghai 3 years ago to continue her art career. “The artist creates a visual harmony by her precise, delicate and colorful circle patterns. Geometry has always been reflecting Lore’s interpretation of numbers, codes, philosophy and religion. Still, Lore never imposes her own thoughts upon the audience. Instead, she invites the audience into her world of art and to get spiritual nutrition. Meanwhile, the artist can obtain her internal serenity by the repeated hand drawing process. That is to say, God is a circle.”
3pm to 6pm, Don Gallery, 1863 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Wukang Lu, 淮海中路1863号