Yan Pei-Ming at CAC Malaga

Last year I visited the CAC Málaga, a contemporary arts centre in the city of Málaga, in southern Spain, not far from the Málaga Centro subway station. I love Málaga for art galleries, from the Museo de Picasso to the new Pompidou Centre. This vibrant city has something for every type of art lover.

In homage to Picasso's self-portrait, Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X and Goya's The Third of May 1808 - Three large canvases by Yan Pei-Ming at CAC.
In homage to: Picasso’s self-portrait, Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X and Goya’s The Third of May 1808 – Three large canvases by Yan Pei-Ming at CAC.

 

The main exhibition was “No Comment” from Yan Pei-Ming.  He is a Chinese painter, born in 1960 in Shanghai, China. Since 1982 he has lived in Dijon, France. He paints epic-sized portraits, the most famous one being of Mao Tse Tung. His large mono-painted canvasses in No Comment had a theme of symbolic paintings by Spanish artists. But as the title suggests there were no word or titles to accompany them. One is left to form their own opinions. Here is a further selection of his work that I took snaps of, with my observations:

In homage to Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X. The portrait was also a muse for Picasso and Françis Bacon.
In homage to Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X. The portrait was also an obsession for Picasso and the English painter Françis Bacon.
Homage to Picasso as a young man, by Yan Pei-Ming
Homage to Picasso as a young man, by Yan Pei-Ming
Pei-Ming's mono-painted take on a section of The Third of May, 1808
Pei-Ming’s mono-painted take on a section of The Third of May, 1808, by Goya.

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CAC Malaga, a Contemporary Arts Centre near Malaga Centro subway in Spain, 2015 © Southampton Old Lady
CAC Malaga, a Contemporary Arts Centre near Malaga Centro subway in Spain, 2015 © Southampton Old Lady

 

For current exhibitions visit cacmalaga.eu

 

Poetry from found print: Go middle-class – learn to clean

Another Poem reworked from found trivia print

Go middle-class – learn to clean

Girls are taught to use a dustpan. 1933
Girls are taught to use a dustpan. 1933

Ultimate middle-class Monday

scurry out door early

do pre-cleaning-lady-clean-up

into coffee shop

shame over lattes

not mopping kitchen floor

since help alone

some domestic

driven by under-pay

to do chores

 

 

 

Moan about precious category

respect mollycoddled generation

dirty dishcloth

never to build

never to clean

don’t want to know

don’t pack the end

never do something arduous

 

How was the gym?

And Tinder?

Squeeze it too

Uber instant social media

makes cleaner only cleaner

the dust demanding

 

“God!”

This wages to Landlords

Spending disposable predecessors.

Time is money

Life’s too short to spend it cleaning bathtub

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Poem reworked from:”i” newspaper article: “How I got over middle-class guilt and learned to love my cleaner”.  April 2016

© Southampton Old Lady

Poem from Found Print 5: SMA-CK

Fifth in my series of poems reworked from found trivial printed matter

From Virgin Media promotional magazine 2016 © Southampton Old Lady
From Virgin Media promotional magazine 2016 © Southampton Old Lady

 

SMA-CK

(View the big star. Get more than means. A-lister in hi-def!)

SLAP

Critical drama

man and Sars

with touch

Disciple is own

begin new

BBQ scene

escalates the nightmare

man slaps misbehaving

on lifetime

Poem reworked from Virgin Media 2016 pg 7

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Poetry from Found Print 4

4th in my series of poetry reworked from found print

From All At Sea, March 2016 pg 27 © Southampton Old Lady
From All At Sea, March 2016 pg 27 © Southampton Old Lady

A chat.

What’s happening Ma?

POWER…

Retired sailor

on the Solent

guises in water

changing Holland or Finland

did travel too far

sailing up Cyprus

Desire today

when tide conditions mitigate

cooking ashore

good distance

pontoon berthing

deterioration

with boat not in use

Winter heaters

make everything ring

At the sea

come in last

flat sea

calm and charged

off I went…

Power?

Let us know

Reworked from All At Sea March 2016 pg 27

 

Poetry from found print 3

Third in my series of poetry re-worked from found print trivia

Aute-Out from Metro January 2016 © Southampton Old Lady
Aute-Out from Metro January 2016 © Southampton Old Lady

In Sociation

choose self-adjusting bangles

future of hi-tech fashion

never comfortable

increasingly transformed into world trackers

tech-infused hook-ups

strutting Machina

smarts on your wrist,

innovative ways

sensors track your emotions

keep out

personal space fashion

never how?

re-worked from  Metro 4th March 2016, pg 35

Poetry from Found Print 1

First in my new series of poetry re-worked from found print trivia

From Cosmopolitan January 2016, pg 43 © Southampton Old Lady
From Cosmopolitan January 2016, pg 43 © Southampton Old Lady

Brit 20 Left Centre

All Lie

Our half is other half

transitioned experiences with me in age,

moments finding

connection my same

with everyone

how that mature grown-up loves

young cheesy energy

Even crazy house thought funny

When was getting normal thing

she supports fashion

show messages like mine.

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TRANSPORTED: The Future Museum of Now

TRANSPORTED: The Future Museum of Now was an Element Arts exhibition during Southampton’s SO: To Speak word festival. It took place for two weeks inside some shipping containers located in the port city’s main ‘O2 Square’.

The exhibition transports you 500 years into the future, to the year 2515, and looks back at every day objects as relics from now.

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TRANSPORTED: The Future Museum of Now exhibition was devised and carried out by these two artists from Element Arts, Southampton.
TRANSPORTED: The Future Museum of Now exhibition was devised, collected, written and executed by these two artists from Element Arts, in Southampton.