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Between Two Cultures

An Rong Xu, a New York-based photographer and filmmaker, explores the world from a unique perspective. Born in China and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, Xu has a wistful and cinematic aesthetic, as well as a deep appreciation for capturing the beauty of the ordinary.


Xu says he was raised between two cultures. “Growing up in Chinatown was like learning how to be Chinese through a translator and learning how to be American through my own experiences. I learned about my cultural heritage through my parents and their daily rituals, which was essentially hustle, hustle, hustle. I watched the Chinese New Years parade, with lion dancers going down Mott Street, but I didnt understand its significance. I learned about my culture, yet I was still unsure what any of it meant.” This uncertainty about culture and identity is a consistent theme across Xu’s art: “Often children of immigrants grow up feeling as if we belong neither to our inherited culture nor to our adoptive culture, so in my work, Im in search of what it means to be Chinese-American.”

许安荣跟我们分享了作为一名华裔美国人,在两种不同文化之间成长的经历:“在唐人街长大就像是通过翻译来学习如何成为中国人,同时通过自己的经历来学习如何成为美国人。我从父母和他们的日常礼仪中学习中国文化,这基本上可以用喧嚣这个词来总结。我看过中国的新年游行,看着舞狮沿着莫特街(Mott Street)表演,但却不明白舞狮的文化意义。我在学自己的文化,但是,我仍然不确定也不清楚它意味着什么。”这种关于文化和自我认同的不确定性已成为许安荣所有作品中的一致主题:“作为移民的孩子,长大后我们常常会觉得自己既不属于自己的原生文化,也不属于自己后天成长所在的文化,所以在我的作品中, 我也会去探讨华裔美国人的真正涵义。”



Xu’s work has appeared in Time, GQ Taiwan, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, among other publications, and he’s shot for companies such as Instagram, Airbnb, Under Armour, and Google. He also directed a series of short films called New Romantics that depicts Asian-American love and relationships. About his creative process, Xu says: “As a photographer, I focus only on the image. As a director, I have to keep in mind image, story, and concept, all while things are moving.”

许安荣曾合作的出版物和公司包括《时代》杂志、《GQ》(台湾)、《纽约时报》、Instagram、Airbnb、Under Armour、Google和《滚石》杂志等。作为电影导演,他拍摄了月播短片剧《New Romantics》,讲述亚裔美国人的爱情和关系的故事。谈及自己的创作过程,许安荣说:“作为摄影师,画面永远是我最看重的方面。作为导演,在画面不断推进的同时,我还必须时刻关注画面、故事和概念。”

Xu tells the story behind an image he captured on a recent visit to Seoul. Not long before he had to return to the United States, he took a walk from Gangnam to his apartment in Haebangchon, on the other side of the river. “As I walked across the bridge, I saw this one couple hugging and looking out onto the river, just talking,” he recalls. I stood across from them, watching them enjoy their night, in love. And at that moment, all these feelings came over me. I wondered whether Id ever feel something like their love, whether I’d ever find someone to share life with. As I watched, they got on their motorcycle, and I waited for them to start pulling away. I caught that moment, just as those two young lovers were about to ride off into the night, so absorbed by each other that they didnt care about anything else.”

许安荣给我们讲述了他最近去韩国首尔时拍摄的一张照片背后的故事。在他即将离开韩国回美国的两天前,他从首尔的江南地区走路回去位于 Haebangchon 河边的公寓。他说:“那天晚上我穿过公园的时候, 看到许多年轻人在野餐,在享受夏日的夜晚。当我走在桥上时,我看到一对夫妇,他们相拥着,凝望着河边聊天。我站在他们对面,看着他们陶醉地享受着这个夜晚,沉浸在爱河中,在那一刻,我的内心涌起了各种的情绪和疑问,譬如,我以后有可能感受到像他们那样的爱情吗?我会找到一个可以一起生活的人吗?又或者,我以后会学会骑摩托车吗?他们开始骑上摩托车,然后我就等着他们骑车离开,我要捕捉住这一个时刻,捕捉住这两个年轻的恋人,两个相互吸引的年轻恋人,他们骑车没入这个黑夜,在他们眼中只有对方,别无他物。”



In all his work, Xu captures his subjects with an emotional complexity that’s both revealing and intimate. “I try to go in with as much research as possible, to see if I can connect with them, so there’s a sense of trust and intimacy,” he says. “My favorite thing is to go for a walk, or follow along with them to see them in their element.” The honesty behind Xu’s approach to photography and filmmaking may be what makes his work so compelling. He says simply, “For me, an image is beautiful when it makes me ask more questions than it has answers.”


Website: www.anrongxu.com
Instagram: @anrizzy


Contributor: George Zhi Zhao

网站: www.anrongxu.com
Instagram: @anrizzy


供稿人: George Zhi Zhao

Our Digital Selves

Currently based in New York, John Yuyi is a Taiwanese artist who was launched into the spotlight following the success of her FACE POST project. FACE POST was a photo series in which she affixed temporary transfer tattoos of old photos on the faces and bodies of herself and her friends. The idea of using temporary tattoos in this project would become the springboard for Yuyi’s now-signature aesthetic. And today – having completed multiple collaborations with luxury fashion brands and a successful solo exhibition in New York – Yuyi has proven herself a force to be reckoned with in the international art scene.

John Yuyi(江宥仪)是来自台湾、现在在纽约生活的艺术家。在早先的《FACE POST》系列里,她将自己上传过的照片做成纹身贴纸,转印在脸和身体上,这样有趣又前所未见的作品形式让她开始受到广大的关注。艺术生涯还很年轻,但 John Yuyi 已经在纽约办过个人展览、收过来自国际品牌的合作邀约。面对一步一步逐渐堆叠的名气,她始终维持自己稳定前进的步调,在创作路上不改依然故我的态度。

Throughout Yuyi’s works, the internet is one of the most prevalent topics explored. In this age of interconnectivity, our computers and phones have become invaluable devices that connect us with the world at large, and social media is a large part of the internet ecosystem. However, social media has proven itself to be a double-edged blade for many artists: Social media can be beneficial in bringing attention to the works of up-and-coming artists, but the quest for bigger followings and more “likes” can easily lead to self-imposed creative stagnation.

Today, rather than simply being spaces to share and communicate ideas with others, social media has come to define our identity. People meticulously curate posts to project a flawless digital persona, “likes” on social media have become metrics to measure our value as individuals, and many, like Yuyi, can find that differentiating between our real self and digital self has become increasingly difficult. Cognizant of these issues, much of Yuyi’s works – which is often jam-packed with symbols from Twitter, Instagram, and other notable platforms – serve as a reminder, or perhaps a warning, of this over-reliance on social media.


在 John Yuyi 的创作中,Instagram 和 Twitter 是频繁出现的符码。社交网络不单单作为她发佈作品的平台,甚至是创作的素材、灵感的发源地。有些时候,社交网络完全定义了我们,我们依靠一张张照片和一则则发言来拼凑别人眼中的自己,久而久之越来越脱离不了。社交网络确实操控了我们的生活,某种程度上我们都像是为了网络上自己的分身而活。John Yuyi 的作品作为一个提醒,让我们开始反思这样荒唐的现况。

As someone who recognizes her own dependence on social media, Yuyi confesses that the line between an influencer and an artist can seem blurred at times. It’s something that she herself often struggles to differentiate. The goals for an online influencer and an artist do admittedly have certain overlaps. While they’re both seeking recognition to some extent, their motivations are drastically different. For an online influencer, they’re marketing themselves as the intended product, but for an artist, their creations are the intended product. “In the past, I’d think about how many ‘likes’ I can get on my uploads,” she shares of her former insecurities. “But now, I don’t think about it like that. My content isn’t catered for Instagram. I create for myself.”

网红与网络艺术家,同样都是在吸引网民的目光,本质上却不太一样——前着借的是自己,后者借的是创作。John Yuyi 承认自己曾经非常依赖网络媒体,在两者模煳不清的分界之间,花上了一段时间来确立自己的定位。“以前的我会常常去猜想 po 这张照片能获得多少喜欢,但现在的我尽量不这么做,不为了 Instagram 去设计内容,而是以 ‘自己’ 为出发点去创作。”

Aside from her internet-inspired works, Yuyi’s approach of using temporary tattoos and human bodies as canvases continues in her other projects. Often times, ideas simply come from her day-to-day life, whether it be a sentence from a book she’s reading or lyrics from a song she just heard. Yuyi’s success as an artist comes from her talents of recognizing these hidden stories – her works present these overlooked stories as they are, but her visual approach adds the context required for her audience to fully appreciate these observations. “I find a lot of inspiration in my daily life,” she tells us. “I think of creating art like writing a journal. It’s simply a summary of all that I see and experience.”

之后 John Yuyi 持续蒐集符号和标誌,有时是书里读到的一段情节、或一段喜欢的歌词,灵感的足迹遍佈生活各处的小细节。“我的灵感都来自我的生活,创作对我来说像在写日记一样,我只是把我看到的、我想到的、我所在的世界记录下来。” 她用既已存在的故事来说故事,来自一双比常人更细腻、更专注的眼睛,这些事物早就存在在那,只是你我从未发现而已。在她的小世界里,没有什么是不合时宜。

Humbly, Yuyi says the successful conclusion of her debut solo exhibition in New York was the best birthday present she could’ve received this year. The next stop for her will be Los Angeles where she’ll host her second-ever solo exhibition, My (Temporary) Self. The exhibition will debut at Make Room on March 24th, 2018 and run until April 22nd, 2018.

John Yuyi 向我们开心的说今年的生日礼物,是顺利在纽约举行的第一场个人展览。而下一站她要前往洛杉矶,带着第二场个展《MY (TEMPORARY) SELF》于 2018 年 3 月 24 日至 4 月 22 日期间,在 Make Room 跟大家见面。

Opening: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 6 ~ 9 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 24, 2018 ~ April 22, 2018


Make Room
1035 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States of America


Website: www.johnyuyi.com
Instagram: @johnyuyi


Contributor: Yang Yixuan

开幕时间: 星期六,2018年3月24日,下午6点至9点
展览日期: 2018年3月24日—2018年4月22日


加州 洛杉矶
1035 N Broadway
Make Room


网站: www.johnyuyi.com


供稿人: Yang Yixuan

The Art of War

Big Bruce Lee

Mu Pan is a Taiwanese artist currently based in New York City. With influences ranging from Hong Kong cinema of the 1980s and 1990s to Japanese manga and kaiju movies, Mu incorporates elements of Chinese history and mythology to tell epic stories and legends with modern sensibilities. Mu’s artwork is never about art for its own sake – in his own words, “I am just an otaku who draws.”

潘慕文(Mu Pan)是一名现居纽约的台湾艺术家。他融合中国历史和神话元素,用画作来讲述具有现代感的史诗故事和传奇,从80、90年代的香港电影到日本漫画和怪兽电影,都对潘慕文的作品产生了很大的影响。他的艺术作品从来不只是为了创作而创作,用他自己的话说,“我只是一个画画的宅男”。

From the The Loyal Retainers series. / 来自《The Loyal Retainers》系列
From the The Loyal Retainers series. / 来自《The Loyal Retainers》系列
From the Ten Drawings series. / 来自《Ten Drawings》系列

As an artist who tells stories of epic, large-scale battles, war is one of Mu’s primary inspirations. He shares, “War, to some degree, is a beautiful thing to me. War creates great characters, and it also writes history. You’ve got to be a great artist in order to fight a war as a commander. There are so many arts you have to master in warfare, such as the formation, the economic concern, the time, the strategy, the geographic advantage, the numbers difference between you and your enemy, the art of brainwashing for loyalty, and the sense of mission. It costs a great amount of patience, and it also requires a high level of charisma and intelligence. Whether it is for invading or defending, to me it is just beautiful to see how a person can unite people’s individual strengths to become one great power to fight against the opponent.”


Loyal Retainer: Final Chapter
Dinoasshole Chapter 3
Dinoasshole Chapter 5

Mu often draws from the theatre of modern events to find inspiration for his work. “Usually, when I’m excited about something I saw or read on the media, or from my daily life, I first associate the subject with a monster or some creatures on a large scale, then think about who it will be fighting with.”

潘慕文经常从现代事件中汲取创作的灵感。 “如果我从媒体、日常生活中看到或读到一些令我感兴趣的东西时,我会把这个主题延伸联想出某个怪物或是一些体型庞大的生物,然后去构想这只怪物开战的对象。”

From the Ten Drawings series. / 来自《Ten Drawings》系列
My Name is Charlie: Yellow
My Name is Charlie: Red

With regards to his creative process, Mu is about spontaneity and creating in the moment. He never creates preliminary sketches for a painting, preferring to work freely and make changes on the fly. As each painting progresses, it reflects the emotions and events of his daily life. “I let the piece flow with whatever is happening in my life,” he explains. “This gives me the motivation to keep going day after day.”


From the Frog Wars series. / 来自《Frog Wars》系列

For Mu, art is a way to channel man’s energy, destructive power, and warlike disposition within the constraints of modern society. “I worship the strength of men and animals,” he tells us. “I dream to have the dominating power to rule, to destroy, and instill fear into my enemies. Of course, it’s impossible. No one can have this kind of power in today’s world. So I created my own world for myself with my images. In my images, I can be whatever I want to be and eat whoever I hate. Every monster I draw is actually a self-portrait.”


From the Monkeys series. / 来自《Monkeys》系列
From the Ten Drawings series. / 来自《Ten Drawings》系列
Big Bad Wolves

Website: mupan.com
Instagram: @mupan1911


Contributor: George Zhi Zhao



供稿人: George Zhi Zhao

Passion & Fragility


Mizuki Nishiyama is a Japanese multimedia artist, painter, and poet based in New York City. Currently a student at the Parsons School of Design, Nishiyama creates abstract expressionist works that examine personal experiences, ideas of the extreme, and the concept of human fragility. Nishiyama tells Neocha more about her artwork below.

Mizuki Nishiyama是来自日本的多媒体艺术家、画家和诗人,现居纽约,就读于帕森设计学院(Parsons School of Design)。Nishiyama以抽象表现主义的作品,探讨自己的人生经历,极端的想法和人类脆弱性的概念。最近,Nishiyama和Neocha分享了她对艺术、文化和创意的一些想法。

Snails In Her Eyes
In My Lake of Boulders

Neocha: What first drew you to pursue art?

Nishiyama: My grandma, granduncle, and mother are all painters. Each of them work in different mediums – my grandma uses tennen iwa enogu (powdered minerals) for Nihonga (traditional Japanese art), my granduncle paints with watercolor, and my mother paints with oil. As my family has an artistic background, I presume I’ve been influenced by them. Nevertheless, many of my own personal developments have led me to explore different methods to recreate or make a statement, whether it be through music, dance, or writing. Over time, I’ve realized that painting allows me to create the most accurate representation of what I intend to visualize.

Neocha: 你一开始为什么会对艺术感兴趣?

Nishiyama: 我的祖母、伯祖父和母亲都是画家。他们各自用着不同的媒介来创作。我的祖母用Tennen Iwa Enogu(粉状矿物质)来画日本画(Nihonga,指日本的民族传统绘画),我的伯祖父画水彩画,而我母亲则是画油画。由于我家的艺术背景,我从小就已经受到他们的影响。尽管如此,我个人的很多经历也在促使我去寻求不同的方法来创作或表达,可以是音乐,也可以是舞蹈或写作。慢慢地,我意识到,绘画能最准确表达出我想要可视化的内容。


Neocha: Aside from familial influences, how does Japan and its culture influence your artistic process?

Nishiyama: I was fortunate to have been raised in a culturally diverse environment. My father is from Japan and my mother is from Hong Kong, but they spent a big portion of their lives in Italy. Bouncing between five languages at home and attending a Canadian International School in Hong Kong, I’ve never been able to identify concretely with particular heritages. However, I’ve always had a fondness for Japanese history and culture. By visiting Japan ever so often, I’ve been exposed to traditional arts such as bunraku (traditional Japanese puppet theatre), kabuki (classical Japanese dance-dramas), buyō (traditional Japanese performing arts), and ukiyo-e (an art genre that flourished in Japan between the 17th and 19th century), which have all brought my attention and attraction to classical arts. I’m so grateful to have been brought up with multiple cultural values, as I do realize that I unconsciously blend aspects of all those cultures together.

Neocha: 日本文化对你的作品有什么影响?

Nishiyama: 我很幸运可以在一个多元文化的环境中成长。我的父亲来自日本,而我的母亲来自香港,但他们大部分时间都生活在意大利。在家里,我会在五种语言之间来回切换,加上是在香港的加拿大国际学校读书的,所以,对我来说,我从来都没有特别觉得自己属于哪一种文化。不过,我一直都很喜欢日本的历史和文化。我经常去日本,也接触到很多当地传统艺术,例如文乐(Bunraku)、歌舞伎(Kabuki)、舞踊(Buyō)和浮世绘(Ukiyo-e)、而这些艺术又让我开始注意并喜欢上古典艺术。我很感恩,自己能在这种多元文化的环境中成长,因为我发现,自己会不自觉地将这些不同文化融合在一起。

Peas and Peaches

Neocha: What are some recurrent themes in your artwork?

Nishiyama: I’m a very emotionally driven person. I’m tempestuous, and my thoughts are impassioned. The images that I paint come from a very sensitive and ardent side of my human experience that I simply want to document.

My work covers unconventional topics about the human experience that are intentionally confrontational. I’m extremely intrigued by the rawness of the human psyche when we are vulnerable to our emotions. These feelings help cultivate my creativity through emotional intimacy between myself and the brush. The themes I’ve expressed thus far have been based on personal experiences and spontaneous social issues, often ignored or instinctively disregarded by society.

I started painting as a response to many situations in my life. This allowed me to take a step back, and analyze these situations through a secondary lens. I consider my paintings as somewhat of a visual diary. By looking back at my work, I’ve learned to understand myself better – emotionally and circumstantially.





Tic Tac Toe
Swing Me From The Cantaloupe I Swear To Beckon This Raisin Day

Neocha: How does color play a role in your art? What does color mean to you?

Nishiyama: Selecting the appropriate colors to provoke emotions and amplify messages are constantly on my mind. Themes surrounding my pieces are often quite impassioned, so I tend to naturally grab darker, more vibrant and vivid shades. I am currently experimenting with mediums. I am familiar working with highly pigmented shades, however, I’ve recently begun incorporating gouache, gloss, thickening mediums, as well as glazing to create a variety of looks.

Neocha: 色彩在你的艺术创作中扮演什么角色?色彩对你来说意味着什么?

Nishiyama: 我总是会去思考如何选择合适的色彩来挑动情绪,突显作品想要传达的信息。我的作品主题往往都十分激烈的情感,所以很自然地,我倾向于使用更鲜活生动的暗色调。我目前在尝试用不同的媒介进行创作。我比较擅长用高饱和度的色彩创作,但是最近我也开始使用水粉、光泽涂料、可以增厚质感的媒介,以及透明画法(glazing)来营造同不的效果。

Sunflowers Dream

Neocha: As both a painter and a poet, how does your creative process differ across these two mediums?

Nishiyama: Literature and painting go hand-in-hand when it comes to being able to show an accurate representation of what I intend to document. I’m a big fan of confessional poetry. I do not intend to create flawless stanzas nor sculptured phrases. I have always treated both my paintings and my poems as representative milestones in my life. The commonality would be the emotional heaviness I convey through both mediums.

Neocha: 你身兼画家和诗人两个身份,那么你在分别创作这两个媒介时,会有什么不同的创作思路吗?

Nishiyama: 文学和绘画都能准确表达出我想要记录的内容,在这一点上,两者是一样的。我特别喜欢自白派诗歌(Confessional Poetry)。我不打算创作出完美无瑕的诗节,也不想精雕细琢所用的词语。一直以来,我创作的画和诗都是记录我生命的里程碑。两者的共性在于我透过这两种媒介传达的沉重情感。


Neocha: How has studying in New York City influenced your attitude towards art?

Nishiyama: I became more driven once I started attending the Parsons School of Design, due to constantly being surrounded by highly motivated and creative people. Moving to New York City meant there were going to be a lot of new life changes, and that resulted in many conversational pieces. Nonetheless, Hong Kong, Japan, and New York are all creative, visionary cities to develop one’s art. But I do favor New York simply because it is a new chapter in my life, and there is yet so much more for me to learn and explore.

Neocha: 在纽约学习的经历让你对艺术的态度产生了什么变化?

Nishiyama: 入读美国帕森斯设计学院( Parsons School of Design)后,我变得更有创作的动力,因为身边的人都充满了创作欲望和创意才华的人。搬到纽约后,在生活上自然会发生很多的变化,也因此创作了很多交谈画(Conversational Piece)。虽然香港、日本和纽约都是充满前卫创意的地方,非常适合发展艺术,但我尤其喜欢纽约。原因很简单,它代表着我人生的新篇章,在这座城市有那么多值得我去学习和探索的东西。

Messy Heads

Website: mizukinishiyama.com


Contributor: George Zhi Zhao



供稿人: George Zhi Zhao

World of One

Illusions of Progress (2014)

Johnny Tang is a Taiwanese-American fine arts photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. His ongoing series, World of One, is a surrealist examination of identity through self-portraiture. Taking inspiration from surrealist photographers such as Man Ray, Salvador Dali, and Lee Miller, Tang maintains the nostalgic tradition of fine arts photography by shooting only in analog film. After, Tang scans the photograph and digitally manipulates them in Photoshop for the finishing touches.

Johnny Tang是一位生活在纽约布鲁克林的美籍华人摄影师。他的最新作品《World of One》通过一系列的自拍照,以超现实主义的风格进行自我审视。Johnny Tang从Man Ray,Salvador Dali,Lee Miller等超现实主义摄影师的作品中汲取灵感。他只以胶片为媒介来拍摄,以保留传统艺术摄影的怀旧。拍摄后,他会将每张照片扫描到电脑上,再以Photoshop进行后期处理。

A Waking Dream (2014)
Narcissus (2012)
Commodum (2015)

According to Tang, “The first thing you need to know about this work is that these pictures are of me, but they are not really about me. Instead, these images combine philosophical concepts with surrealist aesthetics to build a portrait of how we develop our identities. By juxtaposing contradicting thoughts, actions and/or emotions together in the same frame, these images question which of our actions truly define us.”

“对于这个系列,你首先要明白,这些虽然都是我的照片,但他们不是真正意义上的我。事实上,这些影像是哲学概念与超现实主义美学的结合,通过最后所呈现的影像,诠释出我们是如何塑造自己的身份的,将矛盾的思想、行动或情绪融合在同一张照片中,向每个人提问,到底哪一个行为是真正的自己。”Johnny Tang这样阐述他的作品。

Shinobi No Kame (2016)
Fearful Courage (2016)
Diligentia II (2013)

Originally set on becoming a documentary and street photographer, Tang was later forced to reconsider his path after the passing of a close friend. During a period of self-examination, Tang set out to create the first image in his World of One series. He says, “Satisfied with my first attempt, I didn’t touch that style of work again for another year. I was afraid I’d never be able to make another piece to match it in quality. But encouraged by a new motivation to only create the kinds of images that I love, I kept experimenting with different themes and styles.”

最初,Johnny Tang想要成为一名纪实摄影师或街头摄影师,后来因为一位好友的离世,他开始重新思考自己的创作方法。在经历了一段自我审视的时间后,Johnny Tang拍摄了《World of One》系列的第一张照片。他说:“我对于自己第一次的尝试感到很满意,但之后的一年里,我没有再碰这种风格,因为我担心没办法拍出和它一样好的照片。但是,我内心也会涌现新的动力,驱使我拍摄自己喜欢的题材,尝试不同的主题与风格。”

The Indecisive Battle (2013)
Migrant Shores (2016)
Glory of Shame (2014)

Tang draws from many different sources to create his work, such as Chinese scroll paintings, Japanese manga, as well as postmodern and existentialist philosophies. His work is a way of exploring the contradictions of Asian-American identity, and processing the inherent feelings of “otherness” that come along with it. Tang comments, “My hope is that in developing an Asian-American aesthetic, I will influence our culture in such a way that it also reflects my unique cultural background. This way I can feel more at home here in America. It’s a project that is no doubt important both for myself and for other Asian-Americans.”

Johnny Tang的创作有着很多不同的灵感来源,从中国卷轴画到日本漫画,从后现代主义到存在主义哲学。他的作品探索了亚洲裔美国人的矛盾身份,以及这种身份所引发的”异己感“(Otherness)。Johnny Tang说:”我希望可以创作出一种属于美籍亚裔人们的美学风格,这种风格既可以对我们的文化产生一定的影响,同时又能反映出我个人独特的身份背景。通过这种方式,让自己更有一种融入美国社会的感觉。对我自己和其他美籍亚裔人们来说,这个摄影系列无疑都是非常重要的。”

Paradox of Choice (2013)
Hopeful Despair (2013)
The Stranger (2013)

Each of Tang’s images tells a different story about the universal human condition, belying the surface appeal of his aesthetic. He says, “I don’t just want my work to be interesting to look at; I want it to be thought-provoking and emotionally moving as well. Somewhere between eye candy and mind candy is where I want my work to live, and my working process is constantly struggling to find that balance.”

Johnny Tang的作品有着独特的视觉魅力,而蕴藏在这些视觉影像之下的,是一个个有关人性的故事。他说:“我不想让作品只是看上去很有趣,我想要它们引人思考,或是能在情感上触动他人。我希望我的作品在视觉和情感上达到一定的平衡。因此,我的创作过程,也是我不断去寻找这种平衡的过程。”

NSA (2014)
Angry Calm (2016)
Somnium (2013)

Website: johnnytangphoto.com
Facebook: ~/johnnytangphoto
Instagram: @johnnytangphoto


Contributor: George Zhi Zhao

The Art of Feifei Ruan

Feifei Ruan is an artist born and raised in Shenzhen, China. She entered the New York School of Visual Arts in 2013, and is now a member of the New York Society of Illustrators and Art Directors Club. Now living in Brooklyn, she continues her exploration of using illustration as a storytelling device. Her collection of work includes illustrations, prints, storybooks, and graphic designs. The Chinese proverb san sui kan da, an old saying that states how a person will turn out as an adult can be foretold by the time they’re three years old, is perfectly exemplified by Feifei. She was already doodling short stories of her own during her manga and cartoon-filled childhood. After seeing the positive reactions of people that saw her art, Feifei was instilled with a sense of accomplishment which would carry on into her adult life. These feelings of achievement developed into a long-term love affair with illustration and led her onto her current career path as a visual artist.


Finding inspiration in the people and events in her life, Feifei’s work touches on themes related to humanity and the universe at large. Her skill lies in her ability to use visual narratives to explore abstract topics, and also in her ability to create a unique atmospheric mood in her illustrations. The images she creates contains oriental charm, but at the same time, is very different from the style of traditional Eastern art. Feifei is able to evoke a sense of mystery in her artwork that piques the curiosity of viewers and draws them into her immersive creations. Whether it’s commercial work, like a huge wall mural commissioned by a ramen restaurant, or her personal works like Welcome to Chinatown and Sashimi, her style is distinct and easily recognizable. Neocha recently spoke to Feifei about her inspirations and storytelling approach.

以身边的人和事为灵感,菲菲作品的内容大多围绕着人文与宇宙。她善于用视觉语言表现抽象话题,用画笔营造特定的氛围和感觉。她的画面沁透着异于传统的东方韵味,有着某种悠远的神秘感,一笔一划都是戏,令读者深深沉浸其中。不管是为拉面馆绘制的大型壁画这种商业作品,还是像《Welcome to Chinatown》和 《Sashimi》这样的个人故事绘本创作,她的风格都显而易见。阅读我们以下对她的采访,了解更多。

Neocha: How did the two stories Welcome to Chinatown and Sashimi come about? What are you trying to convey through them?

Feifei: I always find New York’s Chinatown to be very interesting. It’s like a cup of yuanyang made with coffee and tea. It tastes like both of them but neither of them. Sometimes, I just grab a newspaper, get some dimsum, and listen to the elders tell stories about their past. The comic Welcome to Chinatown is an adaptation of the stories I have heard. They are a bit funny, a bit absurd, and a bit heavy all at the same time.

The picture book Sashimi is also an absurd story with a depressing tone. It’s about a boy who works at a sashimi restaurant and then a mysterious event occurs in the fishing village. This project was actually inspired by my own nightmares. I tried to visualize the feeling of standing at the gap between dream and reality. Since many of my nightmares were related to the ocean, this book illustrates the waves and the stories these waves carry with them.

Neocha: 《Welcome to Chinatown》和《Sashimi》这两个故事是怎么来的呢? 在这两部作品的背后你想表现的是什么呢?

Feifei: 我一直觉得纽约唐人街非常有意思。就像一杯中美文化冲撞出来的鸳鸯茶,有着独特的社会关系以及浓浓的人情味。平时没事我都喜欢到这里转转。夹份报纸,叫个点心,听老一辈讲旧阵时。而《Welcome to Chinatown》就是由一些听回来的故事改编而成的小漫画。有点好玩,有点荒诞,也有点沉重。


Neocha: Why did you decide to illustrate both of your stories with only two colors?

Feifei: When I read stories I prefer simple colors. I believe reading something in monochrome makes it easier to take in, compared to something with a lot of colors. Viewers can be easily distracted from the story by glaring images, so to keep the viewers focused on the story, I minimized the amount of colors.

Neocha: 这两个故事都是用双色完成的,为什么?

Feifei: 当我自己阅读故事的时候我比较偏好简单的颜色。我觉得单色在阅读体验上比全彩要顺畅。读者可以不被过多的细节干扰从而把注意力集中到故事的本身。所以在创作自己作品的时候我也会尽量控制颜色的数量。

Neocha: Your work has a suspenseful and mysterious feel. Why do you have this predilection?

Feifei: I enjoy translating abstract feelings into visual images that could be interpreted as suspense, fear or sorrow. Finding the right language is a big challenge here. Rather than merely using words, it instead requires the use of atmosphere to speak. I’m still practicing.

Neocha: 你的作品总给人一种神秘悬疑的感觉,为什么你有这种偏好呢?

Feifei: 我主要偏好于将一些抽象的感觉转化成视觉图像,像是悬疑、恐惧或忧伤。而视觉语言在这里是个很大的挑战。因为除了用言语更多的是要用气氛说话。而我也一直在做各种尝试。

Neocha: Which artists or illustrators are your favorites? Which do you consider to have inspired you the most? 

Feifei: There are many artists I like. I think James Jean and Tomer Hanuka inspired me the most in the early years. It’s always impressive to see James Jean’s art. It feels like those drawings all have souls, which can touch the hearts of people. Seeing Tomer Hanuka’s work is like seeing a movie. His images are always full of stories and energy. Since both of them along with many other artists I like are all from the School of Visual Arts, it influenced my decision to study at SVA and it’s also what brought me to New York.

Neocha: 哪些艺术家对你有着最深的影响? 

Feifei: 早期影响我最大的艺术家是James JeanTomer Hanuka。好看的作品很多,能触动人心的却不多。James Jean的作品就充满了灵性,能带给人一种感动的感觉。另一位艺术家Tomer Hanuka的作品叙事性非常强,看他的插画就像是看一场电影,非常带感。由于他们以及其他一些我喜欢的艺术家都是纽约视觉艺术学院毕业的,这直接影响我作出了来SVA学习的决定。也是促成我来纽约的原因。

Neocha: How would you define good storytelling?

Feifei: The first thing is being able to draw the viewer’s attention and intriguing them at the very beginning. Second, it’s being able to motivate and stimulate them at the end. When it comes to storytelling, a lot of people consider the most important thing is what to say. But I believe how you tell a story is even more important, since the same message can be delivered in many different ways. Figuring out the best method is what all storytellers should strive for.

Neocha: 你怎么定义好的叙事呢?

Feifei: 一是在一开始能快速引起人们的关注并让人有往下看的兴趣;二是能让人看完后意犹未尽,有所触动或是行动。很多人认为讲故事最重要的是讲什么,但我认为怎么讲其实更为重要。同一个信息能有无数种传达方式,而我们需要做的就是找到一个最合适的方式。

Photo Credit / 图片来源: Aline Müller

Neocha: Do you consider Asian culture an influence in your work? Does New York inspire you as well?

Feifei: New York is the blood of my work, which regenerates everyday. The whole city is a great inspirational fair. You can easily discover something when you stroll around. What interests me most is New Yorkers – everyone lives crazily and does crazy things. It’s hard not to be inspired by them.

Asian culture is the bone of my work. Growing up in an Asian culture influenced my thoughts, values, and tastes. After coming to New York and learning about many different cultures, I found that I’m still more obsessed with Asian culture than the others. Currently, I’m working on a new story about Shanghai back in the 1900s. It’s a graphic novel that’s being created in collaboration with writer Mark Sable. I’m very excited about it, it will be a challenge for me.

Neocha: 亚洲文化对你的作品有很大的影响?你现在所住的城市对你也有所启发吗?

Feifei: 纽约就像是我作品的血液,每天都在不断更新再造。整座城市就像是个灵感集市,随便走走逛逛都会有新发现。其中最有意思的是纽约人 – 几乎每个人都在疯狂地干事或干着疯狂的事。而你很难不被他们感染。

亚洲文化就像是我作品的骨骼。由于从小就在亚洲文化下长大,无论思想审美价值都 离不开这个框架。来美国后接触了很多不同的文化,在对比下发现自己还是对亚洲文化感触最深。我最近在准备的一个新故事就是关于中国老上海的题材。这将是一本和脚本作家Mark Sable合作的长篇漫画。虽然对我来说是一个很大的挑战,但还是蛮期待的。

Photo Credit / 图片来源: Aline Müller
Photo Credit / 图片来源: Aline Müller

Website: feifeiruan.com


Contributor: Banny Wang
Images Courtesy of Feifei Ruan & Aline Müller

网站: feifeiruan.com


供稿人: Banny Wang
图片由阮菲菲和Aline Müller提供

The Foxgrove

The Foxgrove is a new boutique electronic music and DJ school that opened late last year in New York City. It was created for beginner-level music lovers, who have absolutely no production skills and probably never imagined being able to make their own music. Co-founder Natalie Lam, who originally is from Hong Kong and previously had worked 20 years in the advertising industry, actually prefers to think of The Foxgrove not as a school, but more as a “music social club” or a “fine learning experience”.

The Foxgrove是一所电子音乐和DJ的精品学校,于去年年底开设于美国纽约。这间学校是为毫无制作经验,甚至可能从未想象过拥有能力制作自己的音乐的入门级音乐爱好者们所设。联合创始人Natalie Lam,这位前20年致力于广告业的原香港人,更乐于不把The Foxgrove看成一所学校,而更多是一个“音乐社交俱乐部”,或者是一个“极佳的学习体验”。



She believes that most people’s knee-jerk reaction to the idea of schools is not necessarily a positive one, but aside from the learning part, how The Foxgrove functions is unlike how traditional schools work. For both Natalie and co-founder David Maurice, creating a comfortable learning environment was really important. They decided at the beginning to get rid of the things that they didn’t like about schools, namely the “bad lighting, coldness, rigidness, discipline, (and) pressure”, and add the things that they would have liked to have had in school.

她相信,大多数人对于学校这个概念的本能反应不见得是积极的,但是除开学习部分,The Foxgrove的运作与传统学校则是大相径庭。不管是对于Natalie,还是另一位联合创始人David Maurice来说,创造一个舒适的学习环境相当重要。他们一开始就决定去除学校中他们不喜欢的东西,即“糟糕的光线,冷清,坚硬,纪律,(以及)压力”,加入他们希望一些学校有的东西。

The space of The Foxgrove was designed with “organic luxury in mind”. They used “ample wood, leather and fabric elements to create an intimate, relaxing space to offset the brand new music gear”. For Natalie, it was important that people didn’t feel intimidated by some of the challenges of having to learn and work with new technology. Some of their past students have likened the experience of attending a class at The Foxgrove to “learning to remix EDM in a spa”, while Natalie herself likes to describe it as a “boutique hotel meets recording studio”.

The Foxgrove的空间设计上应用了“有机奢华”。他们用“大量木料、皮料以及织物元素去营造一个私密放松的空间去陪衬崭新的音乐器材”。对于Natalie来说,让人们不被应用新技术所遇到的挑战吓退是很重要的。他们过去的一些学生曾将在The Foxgrove上课比作“在SPA中学习电子混曲”,而Natalie自己本人则喜欢说它是“精品酒店遇见录音工作室”。

The Foxgrove believes that the future of music in this digital age will go beyond streaming music and will also involve the democratization of music production. Natalie says, “We all love music. A hundred years ago, many people played music in their homes. It was only in the past fifty years that music was monopolized and commoditized by the record industry – music was put on a high pedestal. Music creation was reserved by the industry for the few who are ‘talented, charismatic, and connected’ in order to make massive profits.” The Foxgrove believes that with the current advancement of electronic music technology, more and more people can become the creators of music without even relying on record labels. With the technology becoming more accessible and affordable, the future of music may soon lie in the hands of music lovers and amateur producers. Natalie says, “We want to be the portal for those who never thought of touching music to get the first sweet taste.”

The Foxgrove相信在这个数码时代中,音乐的未来会超逾流媒体音乐,也将迎来音乐创作的普及化。Natalie说: “我们都爱音乐。一百年前,很多人在自己家中演奏音乐。仅在过去的五十年间,音乐就被唱片行业垄断和商业化了,音乐被高置神坛上了。音乐创作被预留给‘有才华、有魅力、有关系’的少数人以大举逐利”。The Foxgrove认为当下电子音乐技术的发展中,越来越多的人可以无需依赖音乐厂牌就能成为音乐创作人。随着技术的越来越触手可及,音乐的未来可能很快就被掌握在音乐爱好者和业余创作人的手中。Natalie说: “我们想要当一个传送门,让那些从未想过触碰音乐的人得到美好的音乐创作初体验。”

So far, The Foxgrove have had over 300 students attend their school. They are mostly young professionals looking for a new hobby or teens from high school. Their approach to classes and workshops is to provide their students with useful music education in digestible quantities that are short and sweet. There are music introduction classes that cover about 80% of the basics of music production and DJing, and there are also more advanced courses for those who are more serious. The focus is mostly on having fun, and turning the idea of music production into a mainstream hobby, like going for yoga class after work or going to catch a movie during the weekend. Similar to how Instagram and digital photography have in recent years helped democratized and popularized photography, The Foxgrove is looking to help bring music creation back into the lives of people. In the future, they are looking to expand globally to other important creative hubs, in cities such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and elsewhere in Europe.


迄今,The Foxgrove已有超过300个学生加入他们的学校。这些学生多数是寻求一个新爱好的年轻职业人士或高中青少年。学校的课程和研讨班,以短而精易为消化的数量,为学生们提供有用的音乐教育。这里拥有初阶课程,其包含了80%的音乐制作和DJ基础知识;也有更高阶的课程,以满足有更进一步追求的学生。这里的注重点多数还是在于享受乐趣,以及将音乐创作转化为一个更为主流的爱好,好比下班后上瑜伽课或者周末看场电影。与Instagram和数码摄影近年为摄影的普及化和流行化助力相似,The Foxgrove期望可以将音乐带回人们的生活里。他们期待着在未来可以扩展到全球其他重要的创意中心去,例如上海、北京、香港这样的城市,以及欧洲。



Contributor: Leon Yan
Video & Images Courtesy of The Foxgrove



供稿人: Leon Yan
视频与图片由The Foxgrove提供