After a long day work, I was so excited to meet my friend Yiying Lu, a great Chinese born Australian artist, the creator of Twitter’s “Fail Whale”. Tonight Yiying had her first North American exhibition in San Francisco. The show was also an opening party for Wall360, a start-up (prints and sells wall graphics) Yiying co-founded.
It’s a raining day, I need something colorful and I found my sunshine at Yiying’s exhibition. 🙂
Walking into Des Art Hotel, the lobby has been decorated like a small gallery where Yiying’s work were exhibited. Unlike other exhibitions, instead of hanging artists’ work in gallery, Yiying’s work were actually printed on self-adhesive fabric stickers and stuck directly on the wall. You can peel off those stickers (art work) and stick them back on the wall, just for fun! According to Jason Weisenthal, also the co-founder of Wall360, this particular fabric paper can be repositioned (remove and stick on) up to 100 times without damaging any surfaces of your wall (or anything). I bet kids will love to play with these graphic wall paper (a.k.a stickers).
Besides of Yiying’s amazing symbolic animal and tangrams, there’re two art pieces at the show really caught my eyes (see below). The “We Love Conan” and “Guy Kawasaki” really made me think that the artist probably has had gradually shifted her art direction to democratize art. Or, is it only for Americans’ eye? 🙂 But well done!
Yiying and her “Fail Whale” (the image that appears whenever Twitter site is down) are very well known to many geeks. Surprisely, a lot of users are actually love downtime because they will be able to see the ‘Fail Whale’ more.
Yiying’s unique and simply style make me fall in love with her work. Her symbolic animal illustrations help me recall my childhood and simply lighten up my day like sunshine. Here are some of Yiying’s art work, enjoy!
Last but not least, happy birthday girl and congrats to your debut to San Francisco!