CHINESE OPEN 2015 – An underground car park full of art while Chinatown celebrates outside, noon until 6pm, Sunday February 22nd 2015….
The London art scene has taken a little bit of time to wake up from the cold grey slumbers of winter. Sure, there’s been a commercial art fair or two, but really, art fairs don’t excite, art fairs there days are little more than visits to glorified branches of Ikea – safe, polite, sell, sell sell, money money money, art fairs are tedious, No no no, cattle market art fairs won’t do,, left field underground events in car parks is what we want, event alive with art and excitement, with risk takers, with contradictions, with something a little more that salesroom
Last year car parks were the thing, the car park was the place to be, that Car Park on the dock at Folkestone, that one in Liverpool, that Art Car Boot Fair in Brick Lane, the We Could Not Agree show (in the multi-storey in Cavendish Square, just off Oxford Street in London’s West End). The We Could Not Agree show that most seem to agree was the highlight of Frieze week last year, check out the video, it will give you a flavour of what to expect this Sunday, and of course last year’s excitement started with the 2014 Chinese Open, here we g oagain then, 2015 starts here, happy new year…
And so, Soho is the place to be this Sunday, Soho is the place, Chinatown to be exact, Q park underground car park and the now annual (can we call it annual? These things should never be taken for granted) Chinese Open. Once more, artists, mostly London-based artists, have been invited, a car park floor full of artists, actually two floors this year, a whole two floors of brutalist underground car park full of exciting art, artists selected by the three curators – Vanya Balogh, Geoffrey Leong and Pascal Rousson, a car park full of contemporary artists, painters, sculptors, performance arists and more, artists currently working in our capital city.
All happening in an underground multi-storey car park in Chinatown, all happening at Q PARK, 20 Newport Place, Soho, Central London, WC2H 7PR. Right smack band in the middle of Chinatown, the Chinese New Year celebrations and all the dancing dragons and fire crackers, the colour and the party on the street outside. 2015 Chinese Year of The Sheep (or the Goat if you prefer)
“The Sheep are among the animals that people like most. It is gentle and calm. Since ancient times people have learned to use its fleece to make writing brushes and skin to keep warm. As it is white, people describe delicate and precious white jade to be ‘suet jade’.Thus it is close to the meaning of good things.”
“A Historic 3rd Consecutive CHINESE OPEN reclaims the multi-storey car park on Newport Place in the heart of Soho, Chinatown. You are cordially invited to join us and celebrate the arrival of sheep in our midst. Initiated in 2013 by two London based artists Cedric Christie & Vanya Balogh this years exhibition will feature over 100 international artists who work in various media including performative, video and site specific sound installation. Entry is free and we open at 12 noon sharp. Soho will be closed down to traffic on the Sunday 22nd and we highly recommend a brisk walk to Chinatown to view this exquisite show presented in a unique setting”.
Further reading, details of the artists and a photo album of last year’s Chinese Open in the same space, via this orange link – ORGAN THING: The 2015 Chinese Open, where? When? Who? The Artists and…
The 2015 Chinese Open happens for one day only, open to everyone, just turn up and explore from 12 noon until 6pm at Q PARK, 20 Newport Place, Chinatown, Soho, Central London, WC2H 7PR