Saturdays are for fun and parties (not that any day shouldn’t be) and P.S. I Love Art promises just that with art, music, party, food and drinks. Best of all, it’s happening on a rooftop!
What is P.S I Love Art, you might ask? Well, essentially it’s “6 artists from different backgrounds gathering in Shanghai to showcase their latest works inspired by the city”. But we met Christina Suen, one of the artists behind the event, who gave us the full rundown
How did you come up with P.S. I Love Art?
I started this online art and design platform called PICKLESALMON with my high school friend Joe in Hong Kong a little over a year ago. Originally, the idea is to promote talented but not so well-known designers from (mostly) outside Asia, because we thought Hong Kong lacks a healthy appreciation of designers that are not as famous as all the big names out there. Since then, we have been running this website www.picklesalmon.com and the feedback has always been quite positive.
Throughout the year, we have participated in several creative markets in Shanghai, as well as seminars and workshops where we talk about the PICKLESALMON projects, our visions and travelings (Joe and I are very keen on traveling and we like to meet local people/artists when we are abroad). Since I moved to Shanghai 3 years ago (whereas Joe stays in HK), I have met a lot of like-minded people who are eager to “create” something different, try something new so as to expand our realms of expertise and creativity.
PS I LOVE ART is a collaborative effort between myself + Joe, plus 3 other amazing friends Joyce, Younzuh and Missy who have always been there for us since the launch of PICKLESALMON. Together we decided it would be great to bring the PICKLESALMON mission – to promote talented artists/designers – offline into this 1 day event that is based on the simple idea of sharing and communicating. That’s how PS I LOVE ART was created.
We intend for it to be a casual and fun art party where creative people and art lovers gather and interact with one another to talk about all sorts of topics that interest them. PS I LOVE ART will bring not only visual art but also music performance and good food/drinks. We want the event to be more than just a “visual” experience: while looking at art in its traditional form that is ‘seeable’ and usually immobile, we want to also engage audience aurally and gustatory. That being said, on the day of the event there will be music performance and a food and drinks menu tailored specially for PS I LOVE ART.
How did you find the artists?
I guess a lot of people who come to Shanghai come here with an open mind and willingness to make friends. During my time here I have met a great deal of wonderful and interesting people who are very passionate about what they do. Among these passionate individuals, a lot of them make art. That’s how I came into contact with them. Some I also met through work as I myself do freelance illustration. The organizers of PS I LOVE ART are all personal friends, I met all of them in different cities but we all somehow ended up in Shanghai. The organizers are quite well-connected in the art scene here as well as abroad. In the initial stage of artist selection, we sent out invitations via social media and wait for responses. Quicker than we expected, a lot of artists replied to express interests in participation, which was definitely a very positive encouragement for us to move on. The selected artists are the ones whose works and ideas appeal to us the most, in terms of the principles and believes of PICKLESALMON.
Any surprise events happening on Saturday?
Yes! We have a special food menu thoughtfully designed by two of our organizers Joyce and Younzuh who are hardcore food lovers and amazing cooks. We will also have a guest performance by Sockets (a Columbian art & music collective); we were told that they have specially put together a fresh setlist and video performance for us, but until the day of the event we have no idea what the arrangement is like!
Are you planning any future events after this one?
We (PICKLESALMON) participate in creative markets from time to time in both Hong Kong and China. As for PS I LOVE ART, we would like to have it run twice a year so that we can bring in new artists every time. For this upcoming (and first) one, we actually received more applications from artists than we expected. However, due to a limitation of space we can only work with 6 artists for now. So yeah, there will definitely be a second round (or 3rd, 4th, 5th…) because there are so many more artists and their works we want to showcase!
Christina Suen is a Hong Kong illustrator who currently lives and works in Shanghai. Christina started a drawing project called “Christina Can Draw” in 2010.
Christina Can Draw, Illustrator – Christina creates drawings that are quirky and meticulous. Often surreal, her styles show influences from heavy dosage of Japanese horror comics she read as a child.
Erik Sellgren, Photographer – Erik is a Swedish photographer currently based in London. Growing up in Gothenburg, Sweden, Erik has since then resided in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Singapore, Seoul and New York. He seeks to capture authentic and intriguing moments in peoples’ daily lives, as well as stunning landscapes. Erik’s photos have been used in blogs, travel catalogs and promotional material. He has had one photo exhibition in New York in 2012.
Yayifsoso, Illustrator, Designer – www.yayifsoso.com
Gaoling, Visual Artist – Beijing based artist’s Gao Ling’s inter-disciplinary approach encompasses diverse mediums of visual art, photography, installation and performance. Her work closely scrutinizes the ‘norms’ of daily life
and creates surprising and often humorous interventions and re-appropriations that challenge our relationship with them. In 2008, together with Chinese American artist
Elaine W. Ho, Gao founded the arts group LING & COMMA whose primary interest is to investigate issues of female identity, body-politics, space and interaction with the everyday.
Xiaolonghua, Illustrator, Instalation Artist – Born and raised in Shanghai, Xiaolonghua’s multidisciplinary approach to making art is both surreal and humorous. Xiaolonghua has previously exhibited at MOCA Shanghai, Himalaya Art Museum and Tokyo Gallery; he has also participated in the production of a short film (against family violence) that received an honorable mention at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2008.
Daniel Schludi, Photographer, Graphic Designer – Daniel Schludi works as a Designer in Hamburg. Prior to moving back to Germany, Daniel was living in Los Angeles where he worked as a Designer and Art Director for studios focusing on fields of print and online in entertainment, marketing, branding and advertising.
Saturday, June 21 // Free entry // from 4.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. // Anken Green / Rooftop – 6/F, 668 Huai’an Road, near W. Suzhou Creek Road | 淮安路668号6楼 靠近西苏州河路
By Andreea Dragut
[Images via Picklesalmon]