Took a detour whilst in the city to visit Nottingham Contemporary this afternoon. I’m not the worlds biggest fan of contemporary art, but I like the gallery (the lace effect on the metal work outside is excellent, and reflects the lace making history of the area). Inside has a great atmosphere (excluding the invigilators. with achingly stylish haircuts and skinny jeans).

The main exhibition was by the Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping, who I’m sure you can find out loads more about on the exhibition website.

If you’ve been past the gallery recently you’ll have spotted the dead elephant in the window, a striking advertisement for the exhibition. The elephant is only a third of the piece which also included a dog with a flipflop and a shanty chinese stall.

There was also an old American aircraft with an interesting back story, filled with taxidermied bats. The aircraft hit a chinese plane in mid air, the chinese plane crashed but the American craft managed to land. In some kind of deal between the US and China resulted in the plane being returned, in pieces to the states and Huang was involved somewhere in returning it.

Descriptions of the artists work alluded to the work commenting on the clash world religions and religions & governments. I don’t think I appreciate eastern or buddhist art, I’m not type to have a fat buddha on the fireplace (even if I wasn’t a Christian, I wouldn’t have one!) and that lack of appreciation makes it tricky to enjoy Huang’s work beyond being impressed by the technical skill involved in creating that elephant, which is impressive.

Inside the exhibit there were some smart manuals with diagrams of the aircraft and full of Chinese text, but my pictures didn’t come out so well.

It wasn’t exactly my cup of tea but an interesting diversion.

I took the camera on the htc Desire HD for a trial it worked to my satisfaction, but still, better pics on the website

(Oh and no endangered animals were hurt in the making of the exhibition, the elephant is a sculpture covered in buffalo hide, it’s realistic from afar but you can see the stictching, on purpose I imagine, up close).