Colors of Shanghai

Complement & Compete

Rockin’ the Creek

Jiashan Assembly

outdoor a ss e mbl i es

Frame an outdoor scene with an artists’ eye and take in the participants: what are their stories, and what is the story they all share, by virtue of being assembled there?

‘Outdoor Assemblies’ is a research framework in which we create documentary materials from observations in the field — whether on a neighborhood street or in a place of natural interest– and then collectively assemble these materials and related derivative works into composite artworks for display outdoors.


Jiashan Road Drawing Day

Date: June 25, 2017, 11am-4pm
Venue: Studio 5 & environs
Guide: George Kaye

Sunday picnic & drawing party! Join us for tea and summer greens in the garden. Help complete “Street Assemblies” neighborhood documentation project. Draw on Jiashan Road!

Outdoor Assemblies - Playshop series

Date: May and June, 2017
Venue: Shanghai, Tianping Neighborhood
Guides: George Kaye, Ying Feng, Jasamine Liu

We are documenting visits to neighborhoods through photographs and field notes. Photos then serve as a basis for drawings on metal plates. We’ll hang these drawings outside and add color to them with the public during a street-front exhibition.

Our Outdoor Assemblies playshop series begins Sunday, May 14. We’ll investigate life in the lanes for our first series of murals, and life on the street in a second series. All sessions will be conducted on Sunday afternoons at Studio 5 on Jiashan Road and vicinity.

Outdoor Assemblies includes 6 sessions, including 5 guided creative sessions and an exhibition. The format is designed with kids age 9+ in mind but all are welcome. Participants are strongly encouraged to register for the entire series, but individual sessions may be attended as well. All sessions are conducted in English.


May 14: Lane documentation: photography & note-taking
May 21: Mural design & drawing
June 4: Street documentation: photograpy & note-taking
June 11: Mural design & drawing
June 18: Exhibition preparation
June 25: Mural exhibition & public drawing

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Wassaic Creek

Date: July 22-23, 2015
Exhibition Date: July 25, 2015, Millbrook N.Y. Farmers Market
Guides: George Kaye, Laurie Seeman
Partner: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Two days of sensing and interpreting by the creekside. With a view to finding inspiration for science investigations and articulating questions for research we will observe, document, and test. Artworks that emerge from this process will be presented at the Millbrook Farmers market at the end of the week.



Colors of Shanghai

Date: December 6, 2014 10am-4pm
Exhibition Venue: The Good Gift Fair, 164 Wulumuqi M. Road, Shanghai
Guides: George Kaye, Michael Yang 杨江淮,Amy Shui 水华
Sponsor: Good Gift Fair

A series of three murals depicting street scenes from Xuhui’s Jiashan Road (created with students from Shanghai No. 2. Middle School) will be displayed at the Good Gift Fair. Visitors may color the murals and add detail. A proposal to display the murals on Jiashan Road after the fair is pending with the Xuhui neighborhood committee.

Jiashan Road Assembly

Date: November 19, 2014, 3pm to 5pm
Venue: Shanghai No. 2 Middle School
Guides: Sofia Ortiz, George Kaye, Chloe Luo
Partner: Shanghai No. 2 Middle School

Shanghai’s Jiashan Road is a colorful assemblage of residents, storekeepers, tradespeople, shop owners, students and others. To celebrate this diversity and research people’s different ways of living, we’ll create a series of murals in three steps:

1. Photograph street scenes.
2. Use photos as the basis for drawings to be created on weather-proof poster board.
3. Exhibit these partially completed murals in pubic and with passers-by together add color and detail.

Ecosystem Perspectives: Houtan Park

Date: June 10, 2014, 9am-4pm
Venue:Houtan Park, Shanghai;Long Museum of Art, Shanghai
Guides: George Kaye, Xiang Shikui
Organized with: Long Museum of Art, China East Normal University Department of Fine Arts

Traditional Chinese landscape paintings are richly evocative of a “systems view” of the world. The theoretical insights of systems science can also provide a fruitful basis for looking at these paintings anew. This full-day workshop combines a field trip to Shanghai’s Houtan Park, a visit to the Chinese landscape collection at the Long Museum, and an afternoon drawing session culminating in a collaborative creative work.