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by Gars

Huangdao Snowprints

February 16, 2013 in Huangdao, Photos by Gars

Check out these photos of the snowprints in Huangdao. To contribute photos of Qingdao related subject matter, please get in touch.

Snowprints Huangdao Qingdao Manimal

Huangdao Snowprints Qingdao Snow

Huangdao Snowprints Qingdao Snow

Huangdao Snowprints Qingdao Snow

Huangdao Snowprints Qingdao Snow

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The Cloud Line

by Hunter

Metro Opens in Huangdao

January 9, 2013 in Huangdao by Hunter

Metro Supermarket (Mai De Long/麦德龙) in Huangdao is the second outlet of the large German chain in the Qingdao area (the first is in Sifang). Check out this market for items in bulk and otherwise hard to find or unavailable imported foodstuffs, kitchen gear, and cleaning supplies. The total number of Metro stores in China reaches 64 with the addition of the Huangdao location.

More info on the Huangdao Metro

German retail giant Metro AG announced the opening of its 64th Chinese supermarket in Huangdao district of Qingdao, Shandong province.

This project is reportedly Metro’s second cash and carry supermarket in Qingdao. Located in Huangdao district, the new project covers an area of 33.54 mu and its planned total construction area is about 10,000 square meters. The target customers of this supermarket include buyers from restaurants, hotels, food businesses, non-food trading service providers, government, and other enterprises and organizations.

With its opening, the supermarket will provide over 17,000 kinds of food products as well as over 30,000 kinds of non-food products. Metro invested a total of EUR12.1 million in this project and its registered capital is EUR7.5 million.

Metro Group is one of the most important international retailing companies. It has 280,000 employees from 180 nations working at over 2,200 outlets in 32 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. The portfolio of its strong sales brands offers a wide range of services for private and commercial customers. As a Fortune 500 company and a leader in the global wholesales market, Metro is known for its cash and carry supermarkets in China. In 2010, the revenue of Metro’s cash and carry supermarkets reached EUR31 billion, accounting for over 50% of the total revenue of the group.

Relevant Links:
Qingdao Supermarkets

Image Credit @ City Weekend

by Steven

YCIS Qingdao Opens New Huangdao Campus

November 15, 2011 in About Qingdao, Huangdao by Steven

Yew Chung International School (YCIS) of Qingdao celebrated the opening of a new school in Huangdao on October 21, 2011. The campus is close to the Kaifaqu Development Zone of Huangdao, the main population center on the other side of Jiaozhou Bay from Qingdao. Huangdao began to develop in earnest after Qingdao was declared one of the original 14 Special Economic Zones of China in 1984.

YCIS has 2 campuses in the Qingdao area – the original location is in Shazikou (Laoshan district). For more information on the school and programs, contact YCIS via email or call 8880.0003.

More information on YCIS in Huangdao:

Yew Chung International School of Qingdao has recently had much to celebrate. Public examinations sat during May 2011 revealed excellent attainment. In August 2011 the doors of the fantastic new campus opened to its students in the rapidly developing district of Huangdao. Now conveniently linked by undersea tunnel to Qingdao city, this area is fast becoming the favoured place for business and high living standards. The large school campus, located within the residential part, has an excellent provision of outdoor and indoor facilities including a high-tech new Apple computer suite and interactive Smartboards in every classroom.

On 21st October the excitement was suitably high and fitting for the much-awaited great occasion, the Dedication Ceremony and Grand Opening, with guests coming from far and wide. A selection of photographic memories and a unique short film about the construction of the new campus passed before the eyes of the audience. This showed the birth and development of the new school, which highlighted YCIS’s unique position.

Dr. Chan and Professor Yip of Yew Chung and YewWah Education were among those delivering addresses to the audience, joined by representatives Management Committee of Qingdao Economic and Technology Development Zone of Qingdao and Shandong Education Bureaus and Shandong Provincial Education Department.

Student performances were interspersed between the speakers, bringing a range of musical talent. Raising the roof with Chinese drums for an explosive start, leading later to the soft tones of a student’s beautiful solo telling a story of dreams flowing into a duet; this was accompanied by an electrifying visual display of sand picture art. The seven images were created and displayed live as the sand was strewn across glass – depicting key elements of our philosophy and education objectives. Orchestral pieces, including Allegro from Handel’s Water Music, epitomised the level of musical ability.

The symbolic cutting of ribbon by the keynote speakers indicated the euphoric arrival of the official opening of the school. Concluding with an orchestral crescendo the celebrations then flowed into the playground courtyard to witness the release of white birds representing the flight of students’ dreams and the proclamation of love.

YCIS Huangdao Qingdao International School

YCIS Qingdao International School 2

YCIS Qingdao International School Sports Field

YCIS Qingdao International School Gym

YCIS Qingdao International School Student

YCIS Qingdao International School Student

Qingdao YCIS International School Student

Relevant Links:
YCIS Qingdao Official Website

by Gars

Full Moon Over Kaifaqu

October 14, 2011 in Huangdao by Gars

Recently the full moon over in Huangdao Development Zone (aka Kaifaqu) inspired Gar to write, shoot, and record a text/photo/song trifecta. Check out the audio of Full Moon Tonight Over Kaifaqu on Youku.

For more info on the author, check out a trailer from the documentary featuring Gar and friends in the Kaifaqu.

Full Moon Kaifaqu Qingdao

Relevant Links:
Huangdao Kaifaqu

by Kyle

Qingdao Itinerary: Huangdao Weekend

July 15, 2011 in About Qingdao, Huangdao by Kyle

Here’s a suggested itinerary for a weekend trip to the Huangdao Development Zone, which includes the Qingdao Kaifaqu and Xuejiadao. Now that the tunnel and bridge connect Qingdao and Huangdao, check out destinations on the other side of the Jiaozhou Bay from Qingdao, such as Golden Sand Beach, Rona Cafe, Catch 22, and the Huangdao Jusco.

Qingdao Huangdao Map

Day 1

9 am
Bus from the Qingdao Train Station to Golden Sand Beach (金沙滩) in Huangdao through China’s longest tunnel. The journey under the tunnel takes only eight minutes and brings you 82m below sea level.

9:30 am-12 noon
Enjoy Golden Sand Beach (金沙滩). Famous for its beautiful sands that appear to have small flecks of gold sparkling in the sun.

12 noon – 1:30 pm
Lunch at Cafe Rona or hot pot on the first floor. These restaurants are right on Golden Sand Beach with splendid views of the ocean.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Huangdao bus number 18 from Golden Sand Beach to Jia Jia Yuan supermarket or bus number 4 from Golden Sand Beach to Shi Ji Shang Cheng (世纪商城)

2:00 pm-5:30 pm
Shopping at Huangdao Jusco, Mykal, Liqun, Jia Jia Yuan and Duo Yuan. Duo Yuan is a collection of small shops somewhat like Jimo Lu in Qingdao for a true Chinese shopping adventure. Don’t forget to bargain! Another attraction near the downtown Kaifaqu area is Ma Hao Park, a couple blocks north of Jusco on Jinggangshan Lu (井冈山路).

Huangdao Weekend Ma Hao Park

5:30pm -7:00 pm
Dinner at Kuan Song Huo Guo (宽松火锅) hot pot on Alishan Road( 阿里山路). Classy hot pot restaurant, a good value and they make their own dumplings.

7:00pm – 8:30 pm
Coffee at Mandeling also on Alishan Road. Nice little coffee shop in town with personality, not a big chain which are all the same like Starbucks (but if you like Starbucks, there’s one in the Huangdao Jusco on Changjiang Lu across from the Mykal).

8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Drinks at Catch 22 Bar & Lounge (二十二酒吧) on Wuyishan Road (武夷山路) behind the Haidu Hotel (海都大酒店后面). Open for 5 years, this western style bar features free pool and foosball as well as sports on a 1.8 M tall big screen. Good place to meet foreigners living in Huangdao.

10:30 pm (or later)
Arrive at your hotel. Pack very light (if at all) for just one’s nights stay. Reliable and inexpensive chains including Hanting Express, 7 Days, Home Inn, and Jinjiang Inn all have locations in the downtown Kaifaqu area. The Thank Hotel (Xiang Ke You/向客游酒店) has larger rooms for a little more money. It’s on Wuyishan Lu south of the bars next to Qian Xi Long apartments.

Huangdao Weekend Catch 22 Pics

Day 2

9:00 am – 12:00 am
Strolling by the bayside park Tang Dao Wan Gong Yuan (唐岛湾公园). This wonderful free park stretches 17 square kilometers along the bay close to downtown. It passes by the Petroleum University of China, one of the top schools in the Qingdao area (part of the nationwide Project 211) and Huangdao’s top university.

12:00 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch at Feng Mao Chuan Cheng (丰茂串城) near Wuyishan Lu across from the north gate of Hai Wan Xing Cheng (海湾星城北门对面). Good, clean BBQ restaurant with sectioned off areas for more privacy.

Huangdao Qingdao Map Golden Sand Beach

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Check out the Government Square Park across from the Huangdao district government building. The large square is a good place for flying kites during the day or watching dancers in the evening. Sailing Club Bar is on the square which is next to the Ibis Hotel.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Take the number 1 tunnel bus (隧道1路) from in front of the Huangdao district government bus stop (区政府车站) back to the Qingdao train station. Journey takes about 35-40 minutes.

Huangdao Qingdao Tangdaowan

Relevant Links:
Huangdao Development Zone (Chinese)
Huangdao 114
Catch 22 on Myspace
Golden Sand Beach on Google Maps
Golden Sand Beach on Google Maps (Chinese)

Qingdao Hash House Harriers 7.09

June 13, 2011 in Events, Huangdao, Sports by Qingdao Hash House Harriers

The Qingdao Hash House Harriers are on the road again, this time to check out the Silver Beach in Xuejiadao, a part of the Huangdao Development Zone, or Kaifaqu (开发区). Run number 231 will commence from a location to be announced in Huangdao at 1 pm, so there’s an early start from Crowne Plaza Qingdao at 11 am. Alternatively, make your way over the bay via the new tunnel or bridge and meet up in the Development Zone. See below for details.

When: July 9, 11 am
Venue: Meet at the Crowne Plaza, 76 Hong Kong Middle Rd.

More info from the Qingdao HHH:

Dear Hashers,

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 9 when we are off again for one of our out of
town Hash Specials. This time we are going across the bay to Huangdao. The Hash bus
has limited seating capacity – FIRST COME FIRST SERVED with priority to regular
hashers FIRST – 30 hashers to register are guaranteed a seat on the bus, unclaimed
seats will be offered to non-hashers wanting to go!

Run No. 231 – Saturday July 9, 2011 at Huangdao
Hare: Crack Whore
Costs: RMB 50, RMB 30 with “local student ID” – covers bus and beers
Food: Bring your own picnic!

Here is a tentative sketch of what the day might have in store for us:

Departure: Crowne Plaza 11 am
Return: 8 pm or later
Run Site: Huangdao, exact location TBA closer to the date
Arrival at the run site: 1:00 pm
Run time: Around 75-90 minutes approximately

Circle at Silver Beach followed by bring your own picnic, beach games, swimming,
bonfire, whatever….

Home time!

Please contact us for more details or reserving your spot via email to Qingdao HHH.

On on….Thanks and hope to see many of you on the run!

Here’s a pic from years past on the Silver Beach in Xuejiadao (a part of the Huangdao Development Zone, Kaifaqu, in Qingdao).

Qingdao Hash House Harriers Silver Beach July 9, 2011

Relevant Links:
Official Qingdao Hash House Harriers website
Crowne Plaza Qingdao Website

Photo Credit @ Qingdao Hash House Harriers, Vaablane

by Marcus

Bird Up

October 22, 2010 in Huangdao by Marcus

Yesterday on the front page of Qingdao’s Morning Newspaper (Qingdao Zaobao/青岛早报) was an article about the illegal act of trapping birds with large nets. Some local forest officials along with the journalist set out Wednesday morning to inspect Daoguan Mountain in the Huangdao district for bird nets. They discovered and subsequently destroyed 13 nets (one covering 250 square meters) within just three hours (this was their second raid of the area within the month). They also found small tree shacks used by trappers to stay out of the cold as well as cooking pits to barbecue the birds on the spot.

With its forest-capped mountains and islands, Qingdao is an important stopover for many migratory birds as they make their way south for the winter, but it seems for many it may be their last stop. One eaglet saved by the officials was a Second Level Protected Species in China and this trip they were able to save 13 birds including a northern sparrow hawk, turtledove, and grouse.

Although this type of trapping was made illegal when the Wildlife Conservation Law was passed in 1988, the monetary and scrumptious rewards apparently outweigh the legal deterrents. Trappers are supposed to pay up to a 5000元 fine if caught and some may even serve jail sentences, while many of the birds are sold to restaurants (where a turtle goes for around 20元) or bird markets, where they likely end up with those innocent elders toting bird cages. Any frequenter of the hills and hikes around Qingdao has likely come across these nets as they are quite prolific. Readers in the Huangdao area that spot a net can report it at 8685.0119.

Also this week in the news, China has unveiled a new ambitious wildlife protection plan (coincidence?) that supposedly “will put the country at the forefront of global efforts to reverse habitat and species decline.” Given China’s tainted history with birds, we can all look forward to the day when more birds than plastic bags perch on the trees of Qingdao.

Photo Credit @ Qingdao Adventures

by Hunter

The Mickey D’s Blues

October 1, 2010 in Huangdao by Hunter

I’ve spent the past 6 years in Huangdao Kaifaqu watching 1 KFC multiply into 5 and Jusco being built from the ground up bringing with it Starbucks and Pizza Hut, but I have still yet to bear witness to the first raising of those famous ‘Golden Arches’ on our side of the bay. Of course anybody who lives in Kaifaqu has undoubtedly heard the rumors that KFC owns the rights to the area for x number of years (I’ve heard the number pegged at 5), which if true then their time is up or at least close to it. The rumor does have some semblance of truth for the plain simple fact that there are 5 KFCs, one of them even boasting a drive thru, but not one single McDonald’s.

We have waited long enough for our first McDonald’s and its long overdue; there are many less developed areas of China who are already enjoying their Quarter Pounders with cheese and McNuggets so why can’t we?

There was at one point a glimmer of hope when Jusco was close to completion and a sign announcing some of the businesses went up. The McDonald’s logo was up on the board and I thought I would grab a ‘Mac Attack’ on opening day to celebrate the welcomed arrival. However after searching through Jusco I was introduced to not a McDonald’s outlet serving up Big Macs and fries but a McDonald’s of a different nature, merchandising McDonald’s. This atrocity was conveniently located right across from KFC, which by the way was selling food and not cheesy Ronald McDonald book bags, minus the real cheese. Needless to say the clothing approach for entry into Kaifaqu did not go over too well and was eventually closed not too long after Jusco opened while the KFC is still serving strong.

I’m not trying to condone or glorify fast food culture but its comfort food, its food that when you haven’t had it for a long time that first bite delivers with it a certain nostalgia reminding you of home. We have waited long enough for our first McDonald’s and its long overdue; there are many less developed areas of China who are already enjoying their Quarter Pounders with cheese and McNuggets so why can’t we? So McDonald’s I implore you to get off your high horse and bring us the fast food fix we deserve because right now we are definitely not ‘Lovin It’.

Relevant Links:
McDonald’s Official Website
McDonald Official China Website
KFC vs McD’s in China
McDonald’s Locations in China (Sept 2009)

by Hunter

Huangdao 114

July 29, 2010 in Huangdao by Hunter

In the past Huangdao was normally shunned by many Qingdaonese who just thought of it as an industrial area polluting the air. But just like that first trip to China, the first trip to Huangdao can help alleviate those often overstated misconceptions, granted of course as long as you visit the right areas.

There is often a lot of confusion floating around about Huangdao and its other known identities like Kaifaqu and Xuejiadao. Basically it’s very simple when you think about it in relative terms to Qingdao and how it’s split up into different districts. This is definitely in no way the definitive guide to Huangdao but more of a loose interperation to help clarify the mysteries of the “Yellow Island” to our friends across the bay.

Map of Qingdao Huangdao Kaifaqu

Huangdao

Even though Huangdao is basically the entire area, normally when somebody is referring to Huangdao they are talking about the old part of town that pretty much starts north of the Free Trade Zone. Huangdao is the industrial area of the city similar to Cangkou in Qingdao, this is where a majority of the factories reside and as a result most of the pollution stems from this area. In general Huangdao is not the type of place to hang around on a leisurely Sunday afternoon but rather the type of place you visit for business purposes. However, even though it is pretty industrialized, certain areas still manage to keep that small town vibe intact and can deliver that old 80’s China charm.

Kaifaqu

So what the heck is a Kaifaqu? China National Economic and Technological Development Zones or simply Development Zones are special areas of the People’s Republic of China where foreign direct investment is encouraged. Currently throughout China there are 49 Development Zones, with our Shandong neighbors Weihai, Yantai and Dalian all sporting some nifty Zones of their own.

Kaifaqu is the place to be in Huangdao, it’s the area south of the Free Trade Zone and is the newer up & coming modern section of town similar to Shinan in Qingdao. Kaifaqu is where you’ll find the majority of the expat community along with the expat run local businesses and of course corporate America, such as the KFC, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and more in the Huangdao Jusco.

Xuejiadao

Probably the least known area of Huangdao is Xuejiadao, yet most likely you’ve been there and never knew it. Xuejiadao is the area to the east of Kaifaqu, it used to be a bit run down and the only reason to go out there was for the beaches and the ferry but a recent real estate boom has this area poised to be the eastern Qingdao/Laoshan district type area of Huangdao. Sitting on the outskirts of town and close proximity to both Golden and Silver Sands Beaches will surely turn this area into the ‘burbs of Huangdao.

Xuejiadao is also where the easiest direct ferry route to Kaifaqu docks. If you’re coming over on the boat and you want to visit Kaifaqu or the beaches, you should hop on the Xuejiadao ferry. Even though it takes a little bit longer, it makes up for it in a much shorter taxi ride to the center of Kaifaqu. Xuejiadao is also the area where the highly anticipated underwater tunnel will connect Huangdao with Qingdao.

Huangdao, Kaifaqu, Xuejiadao

Huangdao, Kaifaqu, and Xuejiadao are all fairly quiet, clean, and safe, no matter what you may have heard. Visitors to the area increase greatly on the weekend of the annual Golden Beach Music Festival, and in the Summer the crowds come out to enjoy some of the finest sandy beaches in China. There’s also a wild animal park and zoo, for those into that kind of thing, and parts of the Great Wall of Qi (one of the oldest walls in China) still exist out near the SAIC General Motors plant. There’s shopping, restaurants, and shhhh.. don’t tell anyone, never any traffic jams on the wide and spacious underpopulated roads. All in all, Huangdao is a pretty neat place to live, work, and visit in Qingdao.

Photo Credit @ VW Park

by Steven

2010 Golden Beach Music Festival 9.03-05

July 18, 2010 in Events, Huangdao, Music by Steven

31 Bands乐队 – 3 Days天 – 1 Beach海滩

The annual Golden Beach Music Festival in Huangdao is getting stronger every year, and 2010 portends to be another leap forward for this music festival on one of China’s best beaches. From a simple stage and a temporary makeshift bar by the Sailing Club in 2008 to a full blown fest with campers, trekkers, Llamas, and Woodstock dreams in 2009, this year’s show is reaching for even higher vibes on Jin Sha Tan (Golden Beach), which is located in Xuejiadao in the Qingdao Development Zone (aka Kaifaqu). Local organizers Fu Tong (lead singer of the band Hello Wei) and Kevin Wang Yong are lining up the jams for early September, just in time to welcome back everyone from the summer holidays as we ease into a new school year, and celebrate the sun and stars on a “damn awesome beach”.

This year’s bill includes bands such as local favorites The Dama Llamas, Qingdao native sons Demerit and Huang Liang Gong Zhu, post rockers Maze, punkers Subs, folk singer Chuan Zi, and an experimental improvisational music day on September 3, which is Day 1 of the fest. Current information has it that tickets are going for 100 yuan (RMB) in advance for all three days (no single day advance sales). Entrance at the beach will cost 50 yuan (RMB) for a single day ticket and 120 yuan (RMB) for a 3 day pass (note: all info subject to change at organizer’s announcement).

For more information on where the 2010 Golden Beach Music Festival will be held, see the page for last year’s festival on the Rock in China Wiki, which includes location details and local accommodation contact numbers. Here’s Pete DeMola’s take on last year’s fest.

Relevant Links:
Beijing Review on 2009 Golden Beach Music Festival
2010 Golden Beach Music Festival on Douban
2009 Golden Beach Festival page on Rock in China Wiki

by Hunter

Tunnel Vision: Qingdao to Xuejiadao

April 30, 2010 in Huangdao by Hunter

Now that the major digging on the tunnel from Qingdao to Xuejiadao is done, it won’t be too long before the trip from one side of Jiaozhou Bay to the other takes just a fraction of the time it takes now. At present, travellers from Qingdao to Huangdao, Xuejiadao and Jiaonan have to go around the northern edge of the bay to get to the Qingdao Economic and Technological Development Zone (called Kaifaqu) or venture across the bay on the ferry often plagued by high winds and fog threatening to shut her down. Scheduled for completion in 2011, the tunnel is China’s 2nd undersea tunnel (the first one connects Xiamen Island to the mainland in southeastern Fujian Province) and cuts the trip from one hour to around ten minutes.

From ChinaDaily.com

Qingdao’s Jiaozhou Bay Undersea Tunnel, running 7.8 kilometers with 3.95 kilometers undersea, links the urban Tuandao district and Xuejia Island of Huangdao District, said Xue Qingzeng, spokesman for the publicity department of Qingdao City Government.

The construction of the tunnel started in December of 2006. The tunnel is scheduled to open to traffic in the first half of 2011, which will help cut travel time from one side of the bay to the other from one hour to ten minutes. The cost of the tunnel is 3.3 billion yuan (about US$485 million).

Workers Celebrate Completion
[Photo/Xinhua]

Relevant Links:
Original Article on ChinaDaily.com

by Hunter

Colorful Spit 4.16–23

April 9, 2010 in Arts, Events, Huangdao by Hunter

Junko Sumino is holding a personal show of her paintings at the best place for cultural gatherings in the Kaifaqu, Kafei 8 Bar and Cafe. Huangdao Kaifaqu is an up and coming district of Qingdao accessible by ferry and soon to be bridge/tunnel, for those who’d like to see how the other side of the bay stacks up against the big smoke and bustle of the city CBD. Junko’s work has been exhibited around the world, and now before she heads back to her hometown at the end of the month, Richard at the 8 has been gracious enough to bestow us with a chance to check out her art.

When: April 16 – April 23, 7:00 pm
Where: KaFei 8 Bar & Cafe Huangdao Kaifaqu
Address: 182 Wu Yi Shan Lu / 黄岛开发区武夷山路182号
Info: 159.0899.4401

Junko Sumino 住野 純子

  • 1983 – Born in Gunma, Japan.
  • 2003 – Studied painting and printmaking at Southern Oregon University in U.S.A.
  • 2006 – Received BA at University of Auckland in New Zealand.
  • 2008 – Pursued more printmaking at Hiroshima City University.
  • 2010 – Currently lives and works in Qingdao, China. Returning to Japan end of April.

Previous Exhibitions

  • 2003WOMEN
    Key of Café Gallery, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • 2004The World Changes in the Thinking of an Eye
    Group Show, Meyer Memorial Gallery, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • 2005Space is Shoot: None of them knew they were robot
    Group Show, Stanbeth House Gallery, Auckalnd, New Zealand
  • 2005Prints
    Artigiano Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2006POP: Consumer Culture, Shinny Images, The Everyday
    Group Show, Artigiano Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2006Urban Etch
    Artigiano Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2008In Between Moments
    Maronie Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

In the artist’s own words about her upcoming show:

Feel the Rhythm of the Paint
When I paint, I need to empty my mind and allow my subconscious to express itself on canvas. However when I do so, I can still control the effects of my painting such as choosing colors and materials. At the same time, there are other aspects of the process that seem to be beyond my control like drops and splashes of paint, the layers of color and floating words. Those are the things that happen through my working process which I never know how they will turn out. Also this is the most active part of my painting. When I paint, it’s almost like dancing and drinking at the same time, which I believe is the best combination. Maybe I should control the brush strokes like Jackson Pollock did when he created his action paintings. But I have never wanted to know or control the result of what is happening. I just let it flow and through this process I feel the lid, which is situated somewhere in the middle of me, open and all the subconscious energy and creativity burst onto the canvas.

This whole process seems like a self-healing or self-analyzing act such as meditation, psychoanalysis or the interpretation of dreams. Art is also one of the ways to discover yourself. Many artists, including writers and musicians, create their works from both a conscious and subconscious state of mind. For example, Salvador Dali expressed his dreams through his painting. What is in the deep recesses of his mind and subconscious produces itself on the canvas in concrete images. It then becomes obvious to those contemplating the artwork before them. In order to know one’s self beyond consciousness, the artist must reach into the sub-consciousness. However, this is not easy. One needs to practice while creating, which is quite similar to meditation where one detaches one’s self from thought. Allow the subconscious to influence you rather than the conscious.

Art can also prevent you from becoming mentally ill. My creative source comes from my solitude. Whenever I feel loneliness or anxiousness, my eyes become extremely aware of particular visual around me, which I believe most people are unaware of, such as the darkness of a small dirty alley, the flashy light of a night time train, a crushed cigarette on the ground or the mirrored image of one’s self in cracked glass. They are such beautiful objects to me that I can’t stop staring at them. Once inspired by them, rather than feeling distressed, I go to my studio and try to spit out all the messed up feelings onto the canvas. This is why I call my painting process a self-healing act.

But how do the viewers connect with this personal self-healing product (work)? I guess this is a matter of one’s own experience and memories. If a viewer experiences the same feeling as the artist, he or she might be impressed by that artwork. If you could share the same experience or feelings, it would make it easier to connect with that person’s work even though it came from a very personal level.

Beauty is a very personal and diverse experience that many artists try to capture and express through writing, painting, taking photos and making films. Also, the notion of beauty is culturally and socially cultivated by different people groups at different times in history. The notion of beauty varies from species to species and culture to culture. By that I mean that there is no such thing as a definite standard of beauty. What if there was a golden code of beauty in nature? Why would we still express our own notions of beauty?

Big Vibratable Dick by Junko Sumino

Junko Sumino - Japanese Artist

For More Information Contact Junko Sumino
mrmyself729@hotmail.com
137.8066.8798

Photo Credit @ Yann Carpentier