Just finished day1 of our exhibition preparation, and boy are we dog TIRED! Whoever says long walks in a windy night after long hours of painting exhibition walls are good for your body?! Anyhoo, a picture’s worth a thousand words, so we’ve got several thousand words worth of pics below to share with ya below, come take a look! : )
As the 2012 lunar new year 9-day holiday vacation comes to an end, we try our damnest to forget all the excellent food we’ve had over the break, so we can wrap up our sleeves and switch gear into full work mode: MOCA exhibit installation here we go!
Shortly after noon time, we finally arrived at the MOCA underground exhibit hall inside/next to the MRT Zhongshan station, with buckets of paint and painting tools that we’ve purchased prior to New Years (in case the stores were not open during the new year’s holiday). It wasn’t an easy task since our preparation trip involved taking several buses, multiple MRT transfers, taxi and plenty of walking around in the greater Taipei city. To make the preparation more complicated, we accidentally left our painting pallet on the taxi (like how I left my cookie gift for grandma on the train just a few days ago!)… good thing the good folks at MOCA had some back-up tools for us… phew~
First thing first, gotta set up all floor coverings and newspaper cuz we do not wanna get paint all over the MRT station, knowing how splashy we can get when we get our grubby hands on ‘em lovely paints! We were then ready to paint over the previous exhibit with first coat of white base paint… which turned out to be slightly more complicated than we had anticipated. Even tho MOCA had asked us (and other exhibitors) to use ONLY matte paint, but the previous exhibitor still used both matte AND glossy paint (thanks a lot!), which meant it would be much more difficult for us to cover over the glossy painted areas since matte paint does not cover over glossy surface well… and we’d need much more paint to cover it up as that shiny high gloss paint would keep showing through (from experience, we know!). Oh man, are we gonna have enough paint? We had planned our paint supply to cover the exhibit with 3 layers of base coat… but but but…
Thus it began our ‘cover-up’ work. Not very fun, I must say. Using white paint to cover black lines already require several layers, and using matte white paint to cover high gloss black line requires even more layers of paint.
Finally we painted on 2 full layers of white base coat. But the previous exhibit was still showing through EVERYWHERE, like wrinkles on my face from overworking… We started to worry… were we gonna run out of paint now? We had planned it perfectly (even going 3 layers when the paintshop master told us 2 layers would be sufficient to cover up all the surface) but now… just like all zitty teenage girl, our exhibit wall also has the heart of a zitty teenage girl… it let out a heavy sigh tinted with sorrow cuz we couldn’t cover all the imperfections… damn, must we go as thick the white make-up on the face of a kabuki geisha? All in the name of art!
Our eyes started going after staring at the white outer wall for so long, so we rock-paper-scissored to decide and take turns doing the blue inner wall. Ocean blue is so puuurty, it was if we were surrounded by a beautiful ocean while we were painting inside the cylinder. All those zitty teenage girl angst had evaporated without a trace.
As time went on, all the white paint and blue paint we had purchased were used up completely. It was time to go. Tomorrow we still have to pick up the big stack of exhibit photos from the photo workshop, plus more paint to wrap up the paint job. Sore is now our name. But hey, from a distance, although incomplete, the white cylinder looked pretty good eh~ : )
Where is the Exhibition：Taipei Zhongshan MRT Station / MOCA Plaza (Near R9 Exit)