ART EXHIBITION: PASSPORT TO TAIWAN (Starting 5/24/2019)
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Title: Passport to Taiwan

Artist: Fang Yi Chu

Fang Yi Chu is a visual artist and multi-disciplinary designer based in New York City. Having background of engineering and master degree of Pratt Communication Design, She combines a unique blend of creative intuition and logical perspective. She likes dancing, but laying down on the floor as well. She likes simplicity but also complexity. She likes to think of design as a tool to solve problems, but doesn’t think it should be limited to it.

The art direction of Passport to Taiwan 2019 is based on various Taiwanese elements, which bring out the tropical festival vibe and also provide visual hints that remind people to those ordinary but precious impressions of Taiwan. With Taiwanese illustrator Ming Hsuan’s cooperation, the visual identity is enriched by more levels of colors and brushes. 

The aesthetics of art works for Bar Pa Tea are consistent with the event’s branding but having a different concept. The art works are showing happiness and dynamic energy, illustrating the moment when you sip a bubble and feel fantastic


Website:

https://p2tw.org/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p2tw.nyc/

 

To collaborate with us in the future, please contact us through info@barpatea.com with "Art Collaboration" in the subject line.

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ART EXHIBITION: BLOOM (Starting 4/19/2019)

Title: Bloom

Artist: Bonnie Chen

Curated by: WforWee

Organized by: Bar Pa Tea

My name is Bonnie and I'm an artist/designer. By day, I work in the trenches of the tech world at an AI marketing software company thinking in binaries and logic. As soon as I cross that borough line back into Brooklyn, I slip into the natural world again. 

Flow, serendipity, are vocabularies that guide my art making process. I generally let this amorphous “intuition” take over. I follow my curiosity. “I wonder...” I answer. It's a very empowering process—being able to excavate your own questions. 

I’ve curated a life for myself where I get to spend equal parts time doing what I love passionately and dutifully: art & design. At this point, I don’t think I could have one without the other. Of course, that (like everything), is subject to change. Check my whereabouts in 10 years—haha.

I used to be obsessed with the future. Over the years I am much more enlightened to the fact that the here and now is all we have. Isn’t that what measures a good life? Not the # of breaths, but the # of times our breath gets taken away. 

Maybe that’s too deep.

My work is feminine/how I express (my femininity) in ways my words and body cannot. And boba? They’re tits! Having them; they’re pretty great. 


Website:

www.bonnieschen.com

Instagram:

/www.instagram.com/bonnieschen

 

To collaborate with us in the future, please contact us through info@barpatea.com with "Art Collaboration" in the subject line.

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ART EXHIBITION: BESOTTED (Starting 2/14/2019)
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Title: Besotted

Artist: Zihui

Curated by: WforWee

Organized by: Bar Pa Tea

Let’s not judge what makes us weak in the knees. We’re here to embrace all matters of the heart. 

Inspired by Marie Kondo’s unique respect for inanimate objects and Roy Lichtenstein’s famously melodramatic subjects, Besotted asks the question, why can’t one have absurdly strong feelings for bubble tea?


ABOUT ZIHUI

Zihui is a novelist by day and a doodler by night. Between writing and drawing, she can be found binge-watching TV and trying to keep her plants alive.. 

Website:

instagram.com/theZIHUI

 

To collaborate with us in the future, please contact us through info@barpatea.com with "Art Collaboration" in the subject line.

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ART EXHIBITION: DINING WITH MADAME SUSIE (Starting 1/5/2019)
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Title: Dining with Madame Susie

Artist: Wee Wan

Organizer: Bar Pa Tea

Dining with Madame Susie is an adaptation of rough sketches found in one of Wee’s many notebooks from early in his career. It illustrated stern reminders of certain social faux pas that one should not make while dining with Madame Susie, an imaginary friend inspired by a collection of formidably formal characters with whom he crossed paths.

Drinks should always go on the right. Toasting without eye contact invites bad luck. And unlike soup, dessert is spooned from the outside in.

The series also draws inspiration from the iconic book of etiquette, Tiffany’s Table Manners.

Using Bar Pa Tea as a backdrop, the series explores the evolution of social etiquette in a society that has taken on a more casual and informal tone.


ABOUT WEE WAN

Wee Wan's work consists of acrylic paintings and digital illustrations inspired largely by his constant examination of the status quo. He is also a television personality and the founder of WforWee, a branding studio based in New York City. 

Education: 

BA in Communications, Campbell University

Website:

www.WforWee.com

 

To collaborate with us in the future, please contact us through info@barpatea.com with "Art Collaboration" in the subject line.

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ART EXHIBITION: CELEBRATE (Starting 7/26)
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Title: Celebrate

Artist: Yueming Lulu Qu

Curated by: WforWee Inc.

Organizer: Bar Pa Tea

Special Thanks: Gabrielle Mar

To commemorate its first anniversary, Bar Pa Tea is collaborating with artist Yueming Lulu Qu on an art series titled “Celebrate.” Inspired by Bar Pa Tea and its home city, the pieces feature New York's diverse personalities through its distinct inhabitants and iconic landmarks, unified by their shared penchant for constant reinvention and, of course, bubble tea.


ABOUT YUEMING LULU QU

Art, fashion, passion, love, food, multi-cultural melting pot…this is how we often describe our city, no? Our city has millions of stories going on within every block every day. Don’t you agree we are so lucky to live in an amazing city that brings so many inspirations? I do.

Four years ago, I moved from Beijing for graduate study at Fashion Institute of Technology; this accounts for my second MFA – if there were such a thing as a PHD in Illustration I would pursue it. My first was an MFA in traditional Chinese Painting from Central Academy of Fine Arts. For Chinese painting, I use ink, gouache and soft brushes, which I still use in my current illustrations. Similar to how America brings all cultures together, I use traditional Chinese painting methods to illustrate New York City’s modern topics; predominantly fashion lifestyles and our beloved city landscapes. I think of fashion lifestyle as not only about high fashion during certain weeks, but more importantly about anyone who loves their life with a sense of pride. They are positive, they are kind, they are beautiful inside out, they are bravely chasing their dreams, and of course they have their own unique fashion styles.

Education: 

Fashion Institute of Technology

The Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing, China)

Minzu University of China

Website:

www.qululululu.com

Instagram

@qululululu

 

To collaborate with us in the future, please contact us through info@barpatea.com with "Art Collaboration" in the subject line.

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ART EXHIBITION: LOVE ME (Starting 6/15)
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Title: Love Me

Artist: Koji Yamamoto

Curated by: WforWee Inc.

Organizer: Bar Pa Tea

Special Thanks: Bubble_T

This Pride Month, Bar Pa Tea showcases a digital art series titled “Love Me” by artist Koji Yamamoto. To Yamamoto,  Pride Month  is  about celebrating identity and raising awareness for important issues impacting the LGBTQ community. Against a vibrant rainbow skyline are playful cartoon characters enjoying a variety of different bubble teas. Yamamoto’s work features animals celebrating pride, love and life regardless of their gender or sexual identity.


ABOUT KOJI YAMAMOTO

Koji is an illustrator and animator. He loves karaoke, queer culture and riding his bike.  He makes silly drawings and fun characters based on strangers and friends. He hopes you will enjoy them too.

Education: 

Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University

Website:

www.kojiiii.com

 

To collaborate with us in the future, please contact us through info@barpatea.com with "Art Collaboration" in the subject line.

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ART EXHIBITION: LIHO! PASSPORT TO TAIWAN (Starting 5/11)
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Artist: Chingyu Gina Chou

Collaboration with Passport to Taiwan

Organizer: Bar Pa Tea

Special Thanks: Jenny Wang

The entire month of May is officially designated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. It is a month to recognize and celebrate the many contributions and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States!

Did you know that Mother’s Day in May also kicks off Taiwanese American Heritage Week? “Li-ho” means “Hello” in Taiwanese! This art installation welcomes and encourages viewers to explore Taiwan’s culture through fun patterns showcasing iconic images from the country, such as pineapple cakes, steamed buns, and you guessed it...bubble tea!

Join us at Passport to Taiwan on Sunday, May 27th at Union Square from 12 - 5 pm to experience more Taiwanese culture with us! To learn more, please visit https://p2tw.org/


ABOUT CHINGYU GINA CHOU

BIOGRAPHY

Gina is a graphic designer, digital designer and illustrator. She loves to explore many different kinds of art. One of her hobbies is to visit galleries and museums. She gets a lot of inspirations from other people’s works. This also brings her more creativities and a broad aesthetics. Her style is playful and colorful. You can find humor in many of her works. Gina not only does graphic works but also she is a photographer. She loves geometrical shapes and plays shapes in the composition. 

Education: 

Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of Visual Art.

Website:

csqbychou.com

 

To collaborate with us in the future, please contact us through info@barpatea.com with "Art Collaboration" in the subject line.

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ART EXHIBITION: ÉLAN (Starting 2/8)
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Artist: Courtney Treglia

Curator: WforWee Inc.

Organizer: Bar Pa Tea

Élan derives from the French word élancer which means to throw forward. Women everywhere nowadays are throwing themselves forward towards their dreams, beliefs, and ambitions. We are here to celebrate the embrace of self and identity women have found in reaching their goals. Gone are the days of insecurity and passivity. Measuring at 18 by 24 and painted in black, red, and pink acrylic and watercolor; Élan welcomes and supports all women in their revelations and endeavors. The series features 3 women who have very different styles and paths to cross, all find themselves enjoying the satisfying and refreshing taste of bubble teas. 


ABOUT COURTNEY TREGLIA

BIOGRAPHY

Courtney is an artist, musician, and educator. Inspired by a love for animation and surrealism, Courtney uses the fairytale narrative to explore the female experience and journey in modern day life. Her practice focuses on drawing, painting and collage to create sequential imagery. By day she is an early childhood educator dedicated to creative and inclusive education. In her spare time, she takes photographs of the children she spends her time with. Courtney has been playing guitar for almost 3 years and is inspired by the indie folk/rock scene, rockabilly, and 80’s alternative music. Her love of animals has resulted in making a home for two kittens and one hedgehog.

EDUCATION

Associate’s in Arts from Fashion Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Currently working on her Master’s of Art and Art Education at Teacher’s College of Columbia University

PREVIOUS SHOWS

“Transformation” Gallery Exhibition, October 2017

“Blood & Bones: An Early Childhood Gallery Exhibition” Curator, 2016

“SAIC: BFA Film Festival” Film Festival, 2013

WEBSITE

https://www.behance.net/LittleInklings

To collaborate with us in the future, please contact us through info@barpatea.com with "Art Collaboration" in the subject line.

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ART EXHIBITION: CURIOUS (12/13 - 2/7)
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Artist: Gary Hou

Curator: WforWee Inc.

Organizer: Bar Pa Tea

As a creative initiative to bridge food and art, Bar Pa Tea collaborated with New York based artist  and  designer,  Gary  Hou  to  produce a collection  celebrating  their  first  winter  in SoHo.  Inspired  by  Bar  Pa  Tea’s  multifaceted flavors,  Hou  found  his  medium  in  silver mirrored  acrylic  as  a  means  to  reflect  the curiosity  of  Bar  Pa Tea's  reimagined  bubble tea  culture. The mirrored pieces are deliberately  interactive,  capturing within the artwork  that  beloved  moment in which a guest can indulge their cozy winter pastime of a good cup of tea.


ABOUT GARY HOU

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science Industrial Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology.

BIOGRAPHY

Gary has set his foundations working with wood for over 20 years and has spent the past 13 years working in a machine shop creating projects out of multiple materials.

Gary is a designer, model maker, fabricator, consultant, and educator.

He is mechanically driven in his designs and sees function slightly over form.

His main focus is wood working and specializes in wood related craft project, but also has experience in other materials such as cardstocks, plastics, metals, etc.

Favorite choice of tool is small profile stainless steel snap off utility knife.

 

To collaborate with us in the future, please contact us through info@barpatea.com with "Art Collaboration" in the subject line.

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