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thePULL : 17 and A-Dan, the Craftsman of Lashi Lake   2 comments

by Darwin Ma / Pullman Lijiang Resort and Spa Exclusive / 2011-08-03

Short Intro to A Dan, 阿丹, and a few things you can visit while in Lashi Lake, Lijiang

1 / custom request any wooden furniture, copperwares and household-design items you would like from A-Dan …
2 / visit his “Monthly Open Vacation Home”, also by Lashi Lake, occuring every 17th of every month, where there are creatures and friendly faces enjoying each other over a bonfire and friends. (More details below …)
3 / visit his home and have a tea, view his own personal museums and not-for-sale antiques (with his permission)

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A special interview and tour was made in mid April with Pullman Lijiang Resort and Spa … his blog is at blog.sina.com.cn/pangulj

A-Dan, 阿丹, (above) is a Taiwanese entrepreneur, artist and packrat out near Lashi Lake 拉市海, west of Lijiang. A craftsman for over 20 years and living in Lijiang for over 10, A Dan left business in Taiwan and opened several antique and woodcraft shops and displays around Lashi Lake. He is one of the many ‘foreigners’ who enjoys, founds, and now creates the beautiful, natural atmosphere in Lijiang’s lakeside suburbia.  A Dan has his own private collection of antiques from Lijiang and the area, all a few decades old,  all an interesting story between each item.  He turned a hobby into a collection and into inspiration, forming his craftsmen handiwork for the masses. A-Dan took a retired wooden boat, the kind that was made from ONE TREE CARVED OUT, and turned it into desks and chairs …

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His Children

There is a common modern concept that children should attend schools and get a strong basis of education for the world.  His two daughters, Pipi 皮皮 and Dandan 蛋蛋, 10-13 years old, do not. “I do not believe in the public school system, in any country, as it’s the same idea of the same concept. Children are burdened with schoolwork and are not playing around and not enjoying childhood. That’s not how it should be … My girls are playing away and making a memory that will last forever, in the living and breathing beauty of Lijiang … and just … enjoying . Why do we [parents, adults] need squeeze their time away from schoolwork and preparation for moneycollecting, and forget about just living?”

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The ‘Monthly Open Vacation House’ happens every 17th of every month. It is open to everyone, everywhere, filled with pigs, ducks, hares, a monkey, chickens, a farm, small dogs, large dogs, and several grandmas playing card games. It is one of the first things you will notice when going to Lashi Lake … and at no admission fee …
‘Why not?’ asks would-be capitalists …  “Every year, there are only a few days to celebrate because of holidays, birthdays, national days, religious days, whatever.  Why can’t we celebrate life more, and more regularly?  So I made this wooden getaway for everyone to get away more often, rather than a ‘once in awhile’ … no admission fee, free drinks, dancing, music and just to have an overall good time … my treat to have your company to celebrate!”

“Why the 17th, you ask? Look at my business card.  my phone number ends in xxxxxxx1717 [I lost this phone number!].

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You may contact us at Pullman Lijiang to take you to A-Dan’s house at ecomm-relay@pullman-lijiang.com or +86-1362-888-5532,
or email him directly (in Chinese) at pangulj@sina.com or call 1338-8884548.

Get Closer … to the people and places around Lijiang …


ADan’s ‘Monthly Open Vacation Home’ [above] in Lijiang, open to all guests to visit.
A small get together party is held every nigh of the 17th of every month …

A child rests against the wood. Roots cut away into what looks like three different mythical creatures …

One of the antiques, an old fashioned iron – don’t see those around anymore!

Lazy Pigs and Happy Dogs

classic motorcycle and a skulled marked by the Tibetans

… the following are some pictures from his blog, showing the ’17th’ celebration days!  Let’s chill out


by Darwin Ma & Pullman Lijiang Resort and Spa  / 2011-08-03
will update more later, here or there, as the 17th passes …

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thePULL : short – Santa’s in China during the Summer   Leave a comment

A small little weekend reminder…

Santa Claus is rockin’ it in China while he waits for the snow!
And the bigger question … who inspired Kris Kringle’s appearance in the back alley of a kindergarten in Lijiang, southwest China?!

 

 

thePULL: the Rhizome and its Art Residents of Lijiang   Leave a comment

I previously described a small little place in Lijiang east of Lijiang old town (south south east of Pullman Lijiang) having an art gallery displayed until July 1st. Now, let’s investigate the residents further.

The Rhizome Art Gallery is also a popular and possibly only art residencies active in Lijiang. Artists from all over the world come to experience the natural surroundings and the culture of the many local tribes, or nationalities 少数民族 (ShaoShuMinZu).

ECHENIQUE José – LEON CANNOCK Alejandro PERU

Although some have already left their stay at the Rhizome,they all have a stretch of inspiration to the locals, and have learnt from them. They are involved in the community, but create a peace of their own in their works.

See more about these artists at http://rhizome-lijiang.org/en/residents.php or explore them yourself below.
Most of the links on the site do not work, but some require a simple fix. Go to the link by deleting the starting names. 
IE   http://rhizome-lijiang.org/en/www.giovannijubert.com 

ShiJinDian`s wire motocycle

EDIT: here are links related to the artists who have or are at residence at Rhizome Lijiang,  for your convenience!:
ALEXANDRE Philippe – FRANCE – raw craftsman – no personal website found…
ARRAOU Peggy – FRANCE – video – http://peggyarraou.com/
BRAULT Christine -CANADA – writer – no personal website found…
BURKHART Gary – FRANCE-USA – scientific – http://www.garyburkhart.fr (might be down)
CLAUSS Julien – FRANCE – music – www.cycliq.org/
DE MAAR Marrigje – NETHERLANDS – interiors – www.takeadreamforawalk.com/
ECHENIQUE José – LEON CANNOCK Alejandro – PERU – performance philosophy – enlachina.free.fr/
FRANCES-KING Caroline – ENGLAND – botany illustrations – botanicalart.wordpress.com/
JUBERT Giovanni – SPAIN – typography and calligraphy – www.giovannijubert.com
LEHBERGER Frank – FRANCE-GERMANY – ancient calligraphy – www.redbubble.com/people/franck-rene
MU Yun Bo 木云柏 (Lana) – CHINA – cartographic murals – no personal website found…
NG – FRANCE – nomadic artist – no personal website found…
SHI JinDian 师进滇  – CHINA – wire architect – Google him. Brilliant wire frames. (above) and here
SINCLAIR Peter – FRANCE – Road Music Project – petersinclair.org – locusonus.org – nujus.net
WEI Qingji 魏青吉 – CHINA – contemporary iconography on silk – here and hereCN and hereEN
TROUCHE Sarah, HERR Benjamin – Winter Story – FRANCE – performance artist, architect – www.winterstory.weebly.com

Also, there seemed to have been a previous art project via http://www.art-china-management.com/lijiang-studio-residency already ended, you may also check their work out as well!

Cheers to the art of the world,

Darwin @ Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa
https://apullmaninlijiang.wordpress.com
ecomm-relay@pullman-lijiang.com

NEXT UP: Bunong 布农 and his horseride through to Lhasa.

thePULL: Mu Yun Bo [LANA] at Rhizome Art Gallery   Leave a comment

 

!!! quick quick !!!
From the website, the exhibit will display:

Mu Yun Bo alias Lana is an Lijiang native artist (Yunnan, China). He self-educated in art and for more than two years, Lana continues his colossal project: make a mural painting assembled by several wooden panels (approximately 110 x 70 cm each) which represent the Paradise, the past, the present, the future and the Hell of Lijiang: 30m of wook carving, and he goes on…

In addition, the François Lejault’s film “Dongba” will be show. François Lejault is artist, professor in Superior Art School of Aix-en-Provence.

address is at 云南省丽江市古城区 大研街道义尚村委会 文林村
(China, Yun nan sheng, 674100 Lijiang shi, gu cheng qu, da yan jie dao yi shang cun wei hui wen lin cun)
phone number: (086) 888 510 98 05
email contact: contact (at ) rhizome-lijiang.org

Cheers,

Darwin
@Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa

Event and History: Naxi Culture on Display in NYC – Quentin Roosevelt’s China   1 comment

One of the few explorers and documenters of the Lijiang (Likiang, Lichiang, 丽江)  history, Quentin’s quest through the west brings back some more history of Lijiang’s culture and Dongba life. His pictures are all original, different from those of Peter Goullart and Joseph Rock, but still relevant in showing the history of the area. Currently in use by the Rubin Meseum of Art in New York, the pictures currently cannot be extracted for public online display. So please visit the exhibit and post some helpers here to share the historic culture in NYC and beyond!
Although more modernized, much of Lijiang’s landscape is the same (and in colour!).

Quentin Roosevelt’s China
@ Rubin Museum of Art, NYC 

Quentin Roosevelt, grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt went to the Lijiang area for 10 days and brought back multitudes of art and items from the traderoute center of the Naxi.

May 13 to Sept 19 2011.
Location: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street New York City, NY 10011
Contact: Tel: 212.620.5000, Fax: 212.620.0628, Email: info@rmanyc.org

(See site http://www.rmanyc.org/naxi  for more information about the display and giving an introduction on the history with New Yorkers)
(Excerpt below is from The Villager.com, a community media outlet for the New York area – Cheers!)

Quentin Roosevelt’s China: Ancestral Realms of the Naxi

How much did you get done during your last 10-day vacation to a place you’ve never been? In 1939 — the height of the Sino-Japanese War — 19-year-old Harvard art history student Quentin Roosevelt (grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt) set off for the remote region of Lijiang, China, in search of the mysterious ancient culture of the Naxi. After four months of travel, he reached the mountainous region on the Tibetan border and spent 10 days assembling what was to become one of the most complete collections of Naxi art outside of China. Culled from that collection, “Quentin Roosevelt’s China” is the most comprehensive exhibit on religious art of the Naxi ever assembled. Roosevelt’s art is displayed alongside the collection of legendary botanist-explorer Joseph Rock (the first Western explorer to extensively study the complex religious and linguistic traditions of the Naxi). Ceremonial funeral scrolls, ritual cards and ceremonial manuscripts are among the pieces on display. Through September 19, at The Rubin Museum of Art (150 W. 17th St., btw.; 6th & 7th Aves.). For hours and admission info, call 212-620-5000 or visit rmanyc.org.


Get Closer.
Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa 

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