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red*hongyi 康怡  🔺”I threw my paintbrushes away” 🔺architect turned artist 🔺obsessed with materials

A few months ago, my friend @jaredabdulrahman and I decided to work on a project that celebrates New Malaysia (our first change of govt since Malaysia was formed!). After a few brainstorming sessions, @PillarsofSabah was born. The idea? To gather 30 artists from Sabah, my home state - of diverse ages, ethnicity and art styles - and transform an abandoned downtown site into one that celebrates art and community. 30 artists painted on 30 pillars of 30 people who have inspired them, along with their self-portraits on the backs of the pillars. If you're in town, do drop by the site! I hope that our art and stories will inspire you, and we hope to continue this project to feature other artists.
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Big love to all the artists, and big thanks to our supporters: Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environments Sabah//DBKK// @sabahartgallery // @sabahtourism // @nipponpaintmalaysia ❤️❤️❤️

These sketches were drawn by @onlyparkland during my talk in KL last Friday. 😍😆 About 40 artists gathered at “@cziplee After Hours” and it was great that we got to discuss various topics, from “How do you deal with criticism?” to “How do you price your art?”. I think it’s important to build strong artist communities to help support each other; I look forward to keeping in touch with the artists from KL and to attend more artist gatherings like these! :)

How many of you in the US have seen this on TV? 😆🙈 I shot this with agency @intertrend for @Chase (one of the big 4 banks in the US) last April in Taipei, and the ad was released this year. The artwork is in Long Beach now. It was created with 5 types of tea leaves sealed with a layer of resin on a timber panel. I haven’t seen this on TV yet; thank you for sending me videos of you catching this on TV! Fun fact: that isn’t my real dad! My real dad was too camera-shy especially when he heard that he might have to cry on set. But now I think he gets jealous every time I show him this video. 😂😂😂 I was told by my Taiwanese assistant, Joy, that my actor Dad has been on many Taiwanese drama series playing dad characters. 🕺

Back to the grind! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 Unbroken Vase against the morning light pouring into my studio space.
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“There is a crack, a crack in everything//That's how the light gets in” ~ Leonard Cohen
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Working on a new piece made of cracked eggshells. “You are like a beautiful vase...but up close I see many cracked pieces.” I heard that spoken over someone dear to me 10 years ago and that image has lingered in my mind since then. A decade more of life has made me learn that we all hold cracked pieces and that life is not a smooth, linear climb to the top of the mountain of success (as often seen on FB/Instagram), but often a messy hop or crawl or dive instead. And in spite of the cracks, we can still be whole and perhaps even more beautiful.
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This is a personal piece for a series of 20 vases based on different themes and colours that I will be working on for an exhibition next year. Email at red@redhongyi.com to enquire, for interested collectors.

Recently watched Wong Kar Wai’s “In the Mood for Love” and couldn’t get my mind off those gorgeous cheongsams. I bought one and wore it to @comic_con of all places! 😂 This Chinese mural was near the premises so I thought it’d be a befitting backdrop hah. These dresses were popularised by Chinese socialites in the 1920s in Shanghai. Also known as Qipao (旗袍), these one-piece Chinese dresses originated from Manchu-ruled China back in the 17th century, evolved over the decades and are still worn today, usually during weddings, Chinese New Year and special occasions. #cheongsam #qipao
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Ps: do you know any brands that carry cheongsams? Let me know! 😍

36 cracked eggs and many hours later... #newpiece
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Working on a series of 20 vases on different themes to be exhibited early next year. DM or email Red@redhongyi.com to enquire.

The most impressive library I’ve seen is in Mexico City. Bookshelves and corridors hang off steel trusses and beams in Biblioteca Vasconcelos, looking as though it is floating above the lobby as you walk in. A heavy concrete structure envelopes the building, punctured by large glass panels on its facades and roof. Designed by Mexican architect Alberto Kalach. ✨ There’s so much to discover in Mexico City, I already want to come back again.

Stunning image of Shanghai through the opening of the Shanghai World Financial Centre, affectionately known as the “bottle opener”. I lived in Shanghai 2011-2014 and loved the experience. Photo by Danny Hu.

No, this isn’t a scene from Transformers or Inception - this is a real photo of Macau. It’s so cyberpunk-ish I just had to post it to remind myself that damn, we’re living in the future. That building in the background is the Grand Lisboa - which is horribly gaudy but from this angle I have to admit it looks incredible. Photo by Paul Tsui who entered this for @natgeo’s Travel Photos of the Year contest.

It’s been six weeks since the new government of Malaysia’s historic victory, and I wanted to release the HOPE posters I created to remind us of that incredible, exhilarating day. I found a great printer in Las Vegas (hah!) and we’ll be producing limited edition signed prints of 100 for each of these four designs. 1/100 of the yellow HOPE and STAR posters is going to someone very special! :) I’m also making enamel pins which will be at a lower and student-friendly price.
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A portion of profits will go to the Malaysian Hope Fund.
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You can order these prints tomorrow at shop.redhongyi.com from 7PM on Wednesday 20 June 2018 Los Angeles time (PST)//10AM Thursday 21 June 2018 Malaysia time. They’ll come in 18x24”, glicee print with archival ink and paper.

The art world in a nut shell. #guerillagirls

Ok guys, who do you see - Donny or Kimmy? I blame that wine for this. #thenewYannyandLaurel

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