PEOPLE

MAR 27, 2015

Gallery ALL: An Artistic Fusion of East Meets West

member interviews   |   By Privy Editor

Gallery All

Gallery ALL isn’t your typical art gallery. East meets West in a unique art setting, and with one location in Los Angeles and a second in Beijing, Gallery ALL introduces Chinese and international artists to a steady stream of curators, artists and designers through special events that highlight art and design. The founders of Gallery ALL personally select and showcase the talents of Chinese art both in Beijing and abroad, and recently held an event featuring designs by Naihan Li and Zhoujie Zhang.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with two of the creative minds behind Gallery ALL: Co-Founder Yu Wang, an architect/designer and real estate developer (who founded the gallery with business partner Qingyun Ma, an internationally renowned architect and Dean at the USC School of Architecture), as well as Xiao Lu, the gallery's Managing Partner who is an expert in international PR and marketing. Yu Wang and Xiao Lu took time out from jet-setting between the LA and Beijing spaces to talk with Privy about their inspiration, recent events, artists, and the difference between the L.A. and Beijing art scenes.

 

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How did you all meet?

 

Xiao Lu: Yu and I are long-time friends from college. I was studying for my master’s degree at USC, where I had a chance to meet with Qingyun Ma, Dean of the USC School of Architecture. We pitched the idea to him and he was very interested. That’s how it all started from the very beginning. We had the idea of opening the first design gallery in China and then Ma also wanted a gallery in LA to represent Chinese designers as well.

 

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How did the idea for Gallery ALL come about?

 

Yu Wang: The idea to open a design gallery came from our Gallery Director Xiao Lu in 2013. She was working at Johnson Trading Gallery in New York before she moved back to L.A. At that time, I was partnering with Aranda\Lasch to open a design and fabrication company in Tucson, Arizona called IDF. She pitched me the idea to open a design gallery in China and connected me with Qingyun Ma, a strong architecture\design\art influencer in L.A. and China. The meeting with Ma went well, and he came on board immediately and suggested that we start in L.A. and follow up with a second gallery in Beijing. When Ma showed me the gallery space in the Bradbury Building in Downtown L.A., I immediately fell in love with the building and we decided to open a gallery in LA.

Gallery All

Gallery All

Businesswise, contemporary design galleries are not well- established on the West Coast compare to the East Coast and almost non-existent in China. We want to fill the gap for the market in those regions. So when I talk about Gallery ALL, it references both the Los Angeles gallery and the Beijing gallery.

 

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What sets it apart from other galleries?

 

The educational intention for Gallery ALL is to gather all the good design and art that you may see in museums to the gallery to demonstrate to people that art is not just a painting hanging on a wall and it is okay to touch, to sit, or even sleep on art pieces.

Also, there are very few galleries in China that professionally represent good foreign designers or Chinese designers. Gallery ALL has the potential to be the gateway for foreign designers to enter the Chinese market. At the same time, there is no design gallery, to my knowledge, that represents Chinese designers in the U.S. We hope Gallery ALL can provide such a platform for Chinese designers to enter the global market.

 

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What are some of your favorite pieces/exhibits/events/etc? 

 

ALL works are our favorite! Otherwise we wouldn’t spend so much effort developing and exhibiting them. The highlights are Naihan Li’s Crates Series, Zhoujie Zhang’s Brass Collection, and Aranda\Lasch’s Primitives Series.

Our inaugural exhibition in Los Angeles was quite a success. We got a lot of press coverage including The New York Times, Wallpaper, Artinfo, DesignBoom, etc. Within less than a year, we were able to get into the most reputable fair of collectible design: Design Miami. The exhibition at Miami was great as well; we got a lot of inquiries. It was significant for a new gallery like ours.

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5.

 

Can you describe the recent event at the L.A. Gallery?

 

Recently we had an exhibition featuring two celebrated Chinese designers: Naihan Li and Zhoujie Zhang. Their works were exhibited in the gallery when Privy held the Chase event. This exhibition marked the first-ever stateside show for both designers and is reflective of Gallery ALL’s overall mission: to introduce exceptional works of contemporary furniture and showcase the most cutting-edge, experimental designs from around the world.

Gallery All

Naihan Li designed the stainless steel Crates furniture that is foldable and opens up to reveal fully-functional furniture pieces. They resemble the shipping containers from outside. Inspired by Beijing’s ever-shifting urban landscape as well as the transient lifestyle shared by most Chinese today, Li’s versatile designs are mobile enough to easily roll in to any studio, loft or gallery space.

Gallery All

Gallery All

Gallery All

Zhoujie Zhang is the one who designed the triangular, futuristic chairs made by stainless steel and brass. Zhang’s practice emphasizes the role of the computer and utilizes parametric mathematics to digitally generate permutations of his design, all created at his in-house studio, the “Digital Lab.”

Gallery All

Gallery All

Gallery All

 

6.

 

Can you each describe your personal aesthetics?

 

Because of the architectural background Ma (Qingyun Ma) and I both share, we are drawn to designs that challenge the limit of structures and materials, intersect the disciplines of technology, art and design. We are not limiting ourselves to one specific style, but in general we like the pieces that reveal the quality of the material. Our collective purpose is to introduce the world to design that is remarkably distinctive from what is currently offered in the mass market.

 

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Who is your typical clientele and event-goer?

 

We generally have a wide range of visitors. Typically, our main guests are the collectors, the museum curators and the designer artists. We always do our best to reach out and to expand our customer base as much as possible.

 

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How often do you go between L.A. and Beijing? What are some of the similarities and differences between the galleries in those cities?

 

We go back and forth every one or two months. Beijing galleries are more focused on Chinese artists, while galleries in Los Angeles are more international, representing a wide roster of artists. This is also because the Chinese market for art is still maturing. Los Angeles, on the other hand, is more international and has better resources to attract the artists.

 

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