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Censorship of the arts: facebook and Instagram

Update: Shortly after writing this article on Linkedin, I posted this on my facebook on April 3, 2018. Subsequently, I got blocked by facebook for 30 days. I cannot post, like, comment on my main profile, nor can I access my Pages. Even Messenger was rendered unusable. People could message me but I could not message them. It is a harsh penalty that affects my business communication.


 

(Originally published on April 1, 2018 on Linkedin.)

It is no secret that facebook and Instagram have taken measures to censor male nudity, and has specific guidelines on what is considered permissible within their community standards. I might think it was fine if it wasn’t for seeing many images of women, entirely nude showing their genitals and having their nipples ‘covered’ with 2 Xes or stars. Yes, these are beautiful images of women, yet very much nude. Meanwhile, on my @theasianmale IG, I have my images pulled down within seconds of posting a grid of my nude photography. Yes, there is a double standard.

On facebook, I was banned for 7 days for posting a similar image of 2 guys embracing one another on an LGBT Artist group. Not only could I not post, comment or like on my personal profile, I also could not do anything on my Pages. I was frozen not able to do anything. This has been for many years, and I try to tread carefully by not showing any genitals. Now, I cannot advertise on facebook or Instagram. I have another photographer who has faced the same issues and was blocked for 30 days from posting.

Facebook for me offers the best place for interaction with my friends and fans, who are in my database of collectors. We interact and discuss on Messenger. It has affected my business and my belief that artists such as myself have limited channels to disseminate my work.

I know Linkedin is a place where people are in business, and maybe posting this rant might not be a place for this, but for me, art is my business and social media is vital, but this censorship is slowly suffocating me and others that have no ill intention but to showcase the beauty of the human male body, which is a part of our very nature and being.

 

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The Making of ‘Sending Love’….

 

After a meeting with a lady yesterday discussing art, she told me that one of their main projects was creating art with the intention of sending love. I have never created art with intentions in mind; it is always about my own inward experiences and feelings, or about expressing an emotion or concept. So here is my first attempt and thinking and affirming the words ‘sending love’ and sending it out into the universe. I hope you like it.

Sending Love, 2017. Acrylic on paper, 59 x 42cm.

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Letting your unconscious mind do the work, as it’s more creative than you ‘think’​.

Several months ago, I came to the conclusion that I was going to start make one drawing a day, so that by the end of one year, I would have 365 little creations. To alleviate the fear and pressure (which we have enough in our daily lives already), I decided that to do this, the drawing would be done on A4 paper, nothing intimidating.

Then several weeks in, a friend of mine posted on an event called 1000 Drawings, whereby guests came to doodle, paint or draw on A5 sized paper. When the organisers collected 1000 drawings, it would then be sold for a nominal price of HK$80 (about US$10) I went to the first one and created 3 mini-doodles. The event was a blast!

People came around to me and thought my work was so creative and cool, and asked what I was thinking of. I said I was thinking of nothing. I don’t think about what I’m creating, but to let the pen just move or guide itself. I call it ‘unconscious creativity’. What surprised me even more was that the creativity or ‘wilder’ side became more apparent on A5 paper than on my usual A4 paper, as I could get something out faster, and faster means less thinking! A5 and doodling is the perfect combination. What’s best is not even think about anything while doodling. Let it just happen. You are not trying to make anything pretty or cool and you are not looking for approval. It’s just putting pen to paper.

When you think of it, doodling is exactly just that. If you have ever doodled or scribbled little drawings onto paper when sitting in a conference or classroom, that is the kind of non-thinking behaviour that is akin to what I’m doing here. It’s mindless, or MIND LESS. Move the mind out of the picture, literally, and let go.

Have a cup of tea and doodle away. Maybe buy yourself a simple doodling pad. It doesn’t even have to be a nice one, preferable A5 size and just let go. The 1000 Drawings HK event augmented by own doodling path and have started a mini-collection I call MISHMASH.

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Last week, I held a small doodling session in my studio and invited anyone to drop by to have some fun. What I found when observing people get into their doodling, was that they became very focused and drawn INTO their drawing. I recall the room becoming very silent, although there were about 12 of us. The doodlers became intensely present, which is what I feel and experience when I become thoroughly involved in my own painting or drawing. And when one is in that mode of experience, nothing else matters. There are no problems in life, no fears, no obstacles, no identity. You just are. This is why many of the best and greatest artists become entranced by the profession. Money, relationships, identity become secondary elements to the experience of creating, which to them, is life.

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AIDS CONCERN CHARITY AUCTION 2016 – Thoughts as your art goes up for Live Auction!

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I just want to reiterate how pleased I was at last night’s Aids Concern Charity event, which was far above my expectations. My donated artwork ‘Rapture, No. 2’ was sold during the Live Auction component.
 
Sitting at my table along with the other artists, namely Nic Gaunt and Bex Gaunt, whose photograph was auctioned off above their retail price at $44K! (A hearty congratulations to them!) I could see that Bex was a bit teary when hugs were being exchanged.
 
Then my piece came up to the stage… I was at nerves wondering if anyone would bid. And for what felt like an eternity, someone put in the first reserve bid of $10,000. Seconds passed (which again felt like another eternity…), and someone bid $12K. Suddenly, the bids went higher.. 14K, 16… when Peter Sargant went to the stage and said a few words taking me back in time to when we first met and of the conversations we had. It really touched me. He passed the mic back to MC… and the bids went up, reaching 20K, 22K and finally, 24K! The gavel went down and it was SOLD!
 
At that moment, I was in disbelief at just what happened. I went to the back room to where the artworks were on display to try to find out who the bidder was, but I don’t think they knew who it was still. The website just indicated ‘Anonymous’.
 
Towards the end of evening as I was going to the after party, someone tapped me on the shoulder. It was someone I knew from long ago. He said rather nonchalantly that he just bought my painting. I was thrilled to know who the owner was; I knew the painting would be going to a good home. Thank you Anonymous! It means a lot to me.
 
It is the first time in all my years in Hong Kong, that my artwork has been shown and auctioned at such a large charitable event. It is for a cause that I am deeply connected to, meaning AIDS. I grew up during the time when the disease was running rampant in Toronto — exactly at time when I was just coming out. It was a very confusing time for me then. Friends, very young were dying and know one knew what was the cause. It is why I support various AIDS charities. I do not have the financial means to offer money, but this was the best thing to happen where I felt my art made could kind make some kind of difference.
 
Thank you Aids Concern: Andrew Chidgey, Frankie Fan, Jennifer Chan, and Marco Wong.
 
For more about Aids Concern in Hong Kong:

Pulsation Exhibition by Norm Yip

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TREE OF LIFE presents: 

PULSATION by Norm Yip | 葉灃

Recent Paintings & Drawings
Opening on 12 August 2016, 7-10pm
Live Demonstration* at 8pm
Exhibition continues until 31 August 2016
Venue:

Tree of Life, 36 Eastern Street,
Sai Yin Pun, Hong Kong

Open daily 10am – 8pm
T. +852 9220 0803

Information:
nwy@normyip.com
T. +852 68388948

PULSATION is the beat of the heart; pulsation is the beat of the city; pulsation is the beat of the Earth; pulsation is the beat of the universe. It is the dance of negative and positive energy in synch with each other. Ever since Norm Yip decided to pursue his interest in art and creativity, his investigations in art and consciousness has brought him closer to the work of the Abstract Expressionists. Pulsation is part of the ongoing evolution of Norm’s art: organic, yet mediating between control and freedom in the traditional form of painting and drawing.

 

*Norm will demonstrate how he creates one of his vibrant ‘Pulsation’ paintings, a task he says, is both challenging and easy at the same time. “Life is a journey, not a destination.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tree of Life: http://treeoflifehk.com/
Norm Yip: http://normyip.com/

Evolution of a painting: from start to completion

Painting to me is really the most difficult of all the three mediums I have worked with. There is a huge amount of fear as I approach the white canvas. I recall the first time I started to paint, I bought 2 bottles of red wine to help loosen me up. By the end, I finished the 2 bottles and looked at 4 small paintings that I quickly decided was garbage (the next day). It was so hard, but it broke the edge and fear in me. My largest pieces at the time were around 3 x 4 feet, and then I moved onto larger works. Every time I move to a large canvas I get nervous, because I am feel like I have to make something ‘great’, and that is a lot of pressure. This is why many times, I will put anything onto the canvas at the very beginning. Anything. Crap. Just put something down on that canvas, cause nothing can be worse that what I’ve thrown down. Then work from that stage. At some point during the process, I will return to the same feeling again. It’s very normal to do so, but I just keep going. This is the hardest part because I literally HATE the artwork in front of me. And luckily, for this artwork, something came out and gave me direction as to what to do, and I worked on it longer. Even last night, I was really unsure of the piece, and I told myself. Wait until I see it in the daytime; it might look different. Well… there you go. Windows of Memory, No. 3 is complete and dare I might say, it’s pretty good.

My website: http://normyip.com
To buy the artwork: http://saatchiart.com/normyip