Anne Percoco: GYRE: The Plastic Ocean
A flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from a tsunami in Japan becomes Alaska’s beach litter. In a culture dependent upon the modern convenience of plastic, throwaway products of consumption are affecting oceans and shrinking our world as we all become connected through our trash.
A unique art and science exhibition, Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, brings the problem into perspective. On view Feb. 7 through Sept. 6, 2014, the exhibition explores the complex relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption. Today, plastic packaging finds its way into the hands of artists via our ocean biosphere. Some, such as Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, take an almost archaeological approach to collecting and curating bits of plastic trash while fashioning it into works of art. Others, such as ACC Grantee Anne Percoco, collect materials to create community-based work that is often tactile and playful.
The result is a remarkable visual narrative and a provocative look at the impact we each have on our world.
Text courtesy of Anchorage Museum.
ACC Grantee Ethel Villafranca Co-Curates an Exhibition in the Philippines
"It’s Complicated”, a phrase popularized by social media, has become the catch all for all undefined and problematic relationships typical of the post-modern world. Seeing parallels between these and the complex relationship of the Philippines with its colonial pasts, the Lopez Museum and Library, in partnership with Tin-aw Art Gallery, opens its first exhibit for the year, Complicated on February 21, 2014. Co-curated by Ethel Villafranca (ACC 2001) the exhibition, situates the post-colonial critiques in the many upheavals of Philippine history that are represented in the archival, library, and art collections of the museum and library. And problematizes the notion that identity is both a product of our post-colonial circumstance and the discourse of nationhood.
-Text courtesy of the Lopez Museum and Library
Patty Chang & David Kelley: Flotsam Jetsam
Exploring what they describe as “the intersection of site and the imaginary,” the work of ACC Grantees Patty Chang and David Kelley merges performance, photography, and digital video. Set near the Three Gorges Dam, on China’s Yangtze River, Flotsam Jetsam is inspired by a broad collection of sources: Chairman Mao’s much-publicized swims in the river, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, journalistic accounts of China’s rapid economic development, and Western ideas about Asian modernization.
Wavering between documentary and fictional forms, the project examines the relationship between landscape and identity in the midst of the dam’s construction, which required the relocation of more than one million people. The film details the fabrication of a large submarine, its launch on the Yangtze with a crew of local actors, and its progress through a hydroelectric dam to a reservoir. Along the journey, various performances are enacted, dreams are recounted during a psychotherapy session in a swimming pool, and a play is filmed in a ship factory to elicit submerged realities both literal and symbolic.
Image Caption: Patty Chang and David Kelley. Captain. 2007. Pigmented inkjet print, 40 × 50" (101.6 × 127 cm). © Patty Chang and David Kelley
Image & Photo courtesy of Museum of Modern Art.
Shuntaro Tanikawa, Yayoi Kusama & Fujiko Nakaya: DOGO ONSENART 2014
Dinh Q. Le: Crossing the Farther Shore
The delicate assemblages of thousands of found photographs Vietnamese-American artist and ACC Grantee Dinh Q. Lê has collected dance slightly in the breeze of the air-conditioned Rice University Art Gallery. “Crossing the Farther Shore,” on view through August 28, is comprised of images dating from the 1940s to the 1980s of anonymous family vacations, social gatherings, street scenes, yearbook photos, and holiday parties that are strung together in seven sculptures varying in height and width; one towers close to seven feet tall while others are squatter, around five feet wide. Although they reference mosquito nets and temporary architecture, the viewer is barred from a more intimate experience of standing inside and being surrounded by memories.
Photo caption: Dinh Q. Le's "Crossing the Farther Shore." 2014 at the Rice Unviersity Art Gallery in Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: Nash Baker.
Text courtesy of Blouin Art Info.
Anne Percoco: New Growth
ACC Grantee Anne Percoco's outdoor public sculpture project New Growth will be at Drew University in Madison, NJ April through October. Percoco's installation, together with other initiatives across campus, is featured with the goal of making creative and unexpected connections to further the common good. New Growth was originally commissioned by Randall's Island Park Alliance through the FLOW program and was installed on Randall's Island, NYC, from June to November, 2013.
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures is a site-specific project that invites the public to embark on guided journeys through NYC to find public sculptures. ACC Grantee Bundith Phunsombatlert researched all existing public sculptures in New York City and identified 100 sites to be incorporated in his final work. He then created small drawings of each sculpture and developed directional signs and maps that resemble standard U.S. National Park Service signage. The artwork is made up of signage for 100 public sculptures that contain distances drawn from GPS coordinates between each sculpture and the group of wooden posts outside of the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Trisha Brown: Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity
“Trisha Brown: Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity” is an exhibition conceived by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council director Sam Miller at LMCC’s Art Center at Governors Island. The exhibition examines a pivotal time in (ACC Grantee) Trisha Brown’s early career as an artist and choreographer, as well as a particularly abundant moment for artistic production in New York City.
Text courtesy of NYC-Arts.
My Generation: Young Chinese Artists
My Generation: Young Chinese Artists is the first U.S. exhibition to focus solely on the post-Mao generation of Chinese artists and offers a look at how China’s mega-development has impacted its youth culture and spawned new art trends. The exhibition is curated by noted contemporary Chinese art expert and ACC Grantee Barbara Pollack.
Text and photo courtesy of Tampa Museum of Art.
Under My Skin: Nudes in Contemporary Photography
Under My Skin investigates the contemporary sensibility surrounding the canon of the nude in fine art. Is the unclothed body still the desired body? How does the visual language of the nude fit into the Warholian conversation about “high” and “low” art? How is the body revealed in the 21st century? This exhibition presents an anthropological survey of who we are and how we define, represent and see ourselves currently. With these works the body is revealed, re-interpreted, and given innumerable shapes by the artists who are defining new ways of representing the nude through the medium of photography.
The works in this exhibition range from David Dawson’s photographs of Lucian Freud and his nude subjects taken in the painter’s atelier to Bill Sullivan’s nudes taken from his computer screen, from Jenny Saville’s nude self portraits taken by Glen Luchford to ACC Grantee Shen Wei’s introspective self portraits, from Kim Joon’s body manipulations to Mariah Robertson’s darkroom manipulations, from Collier Schorr’s collages to Polly Borland’s irreverence, all works bring together complex cultural forces that link artist, viewer and subject to our contemporary moment.
Text courtesy of Flowers Gallery.
Aida Makoto: The Non-Thinker
ACC Grantee Aida Makoto overturns attitudes and collective customs, subconsciously shared by the Japanese society, revealing its complexity, its taboos and contradictions. Born in 1965, the artist developes since the beginning of the 90s a critical work around the traditional Japanese culture, its history, manga, the war. Thus he focuses the contradictions in society, politics and the Japanese economy. His work has been exhibited in a retrospective at the Mori art museum in 2012.
Photo Caption: "The Non-Thinker", 2012, © AIDA Makoto / Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo.
Text courtesy of Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes.
Strata: Slumbering On the Shore
ACC Grantee Aiko Miyanaga is known for her site-specific installations: using ephemeral materials such as salt and naphthalene, her practice visualises transition. Transformation starts at the point the work is exposed to the air, physically dissolving, yet challenging the evanescence of the present. Through an array of media that may seem delicate – thin strings of crystallised salt, the sounds of ceramic glass cracking – Miyanaga contrasts material resilience with the flux condition of nature: her work becomes a microcosm of our being and surroundings.
Photo courtesy of the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery.
Text courtesy of White Rainbow.
ISE NY Art Search 2013 Award Winners Exhibition
ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present “ISE NY Art Search 2013 Award Winners Exhibition” featuring Isa Ho, Yutaka Kamiyama, Tomoo Nitta, Shu Ohno, Manju Shandler, and Mayu Shiomi.
Taiwanese artist, Isa Ho (ACC Grantee) creates layers and a sense of three-dimensionality in her photo images. She talks about the ambiguous self-awareness and the singularized value outlook observed in today’s world.
Text and photo courtesy of ISE Cultural Foundation.
In and Out of Context
The prints in this exhibition stem from a common sense of disconnection. Some of the works display a literal sense of division, as is the case in Golnar Adili's Work Pillow (2013) and Patience (2013). Others include disembodied objects that allude to voices, objects, and context unseen such as ACC Grantee Bundith Phunsombatlert's Blank Sheet of Paper 1 (2014) who removes words from a protestor's sign, echoing both a silent protest in Thailand as well as issues of access, equality and freedom of expression. Similarly, Camilo Godoy's minimalist presidential signature, Ronald Reagan (AIDS, War on Drugs, Central America, etc.) (2014), and x-ray images of migrants Guests and Aliens (2014) are divorced from visual context yet simultaneously entrenched in the politics of the era.
Photo Caption: Bundith Phunsombatlert, Blank Sheet of Paper 1, 2014, screenprint on aluminum, 12" x 8" image & sheet.
Text courtesy of Lower East Side Printshop.
Sapporo International Art Festival 2014
The Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 will provide opportunities for visitors to explore the concept of nature, cities, economy and lifestyles and to find out more about how cities can coexist with nature based on a reassessment of urban and environmental issues in Sapporo/Hokkaido and the region’s history in the context of art.
ACC Grantees Fujiko Nakaya, Aiko Miyanaga, and Yuko Mohri will be holding exhibitions at this event.
Yokohama Triennale 2014
ACC Grantee Yuko Mohri assembles castoff umbrellas, old musical instruments, and machine parts to create installations that make subtle noises or humorous movements. In the Triennale, she presents a work based on handmade instruments left behind by a musician who had come to Japan from the United States in the 1950s and died in 2012, recreated as an automatic music generation device in which the sounds produced change over time.
ACC Grantee Masunobu Yoshimura founded the group Neo-Dadaism Organizers in 1960. During the 1960s, he earned accolades for technology-focused work such as Anti-material; Light on Möbius, consisting of light bulbs mounted on a Möbius strip, and showed work at the 1970 Osaka Expo. The Triennale is scheduled to exhibit works including Oh-Garasu (Japanese homonym of “The Large Glass,” and “a big crow”), created for the Fiber Pavilion at the Expo, and Pig; pig’ Lib;, created just after the Expo.
ACC Grantee Emiko Kasahara’s early sculptures questioned women’s role in society, and in recent years she has produced installations dealing with systems defined by society such as gender and religion. For the Triennale, she will present her installation Offering, consisting of photographs from a ten-year project documenting Christian churches and offertory elements throughout the world and sculptures she made on the basis of this field research.
ACC Grantee Miwa Yanagi’s insights into women’s issues, such as gender roles and youth versus age, are expressed dramatically in photographs that utilize computer graphics and special- effects makeup. She participated in the Yokohama Triennale in 2001 and represented Japan at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Since 2010, she has been involved in theater as well, and in this Triennale she presents a mobile stage truck for her new play Nichirin no tsubasa (Wings of the Sun), based on a text by Nakagami Kenji.
Text courtesy of Yokohama Triennale.
Shinano Primitive Sense Art Festival 2014
Shinano Primitive Sense Art Festival 2014 brings together artist-run spaces and emerging
artists and an innovative programme of special events. The vast majority of the festival is free
to attend. We encourage to create connections between art, the nature and the society as
art has a power to develop creativities needed torejuvenate local communities as it intuitively
sees through to the heart of such issues, finds forgotten potentials and recovers disconnected
ties among people.
ACC Grantees Akio Suzuki and Natsu Nakajima will be holding events at this festival.
Text courtesy of Primitive Sense Art.
Cowra no Hancho Kaigi
Coming to Australia in August to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Cowra POW Breakout is the Japanese play Cowra no Hancho Kaigi (Honcho's meeting in Cowra), written and directed by ACC Grantee Yoji Sakate, based on events surrounding the Cowra Breakout in 1944. Honcho is the word for the head of POW block. Set in an authentically reconstructed barrach shed, with authentic maroon-red prisoners' clothes, a large group of young Japanese men deal with the shame of captivity and the nagging of the militarists in their midst who believe their duty is to die for the Emperor.
Texts and photo courtesy of The Street Theater.
Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave
The Power Station of Art is proud to present the major solo exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave by the New York based Chinese-born artist, ACC Fellow Cai Guo-Qiang from August 8 to October 26, 2014 in Shanghai. This will be the first solo exhibition by a living artist at the institution, China’s first publicly funded contemporary art museum.
Cai Guo-Qiang: The Ninth Wave unapologetically sheds light on one of the greatest challenges faced by mankind: Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. Evidenced by the high levels of smog in the air and the incident of 16,000 dead pigs floating down the Huangpu River last year, environmental issues in China—and the world at large—have reached a critical level. Exploring the imminent challenge posed by the environment, the artist references a theme in traditional Chinese aesthetics and philosophy: humanity’s longing to return to a primordial landscape and spiritual homeland.
Photo and text courtesy of Cai Studio and Power Station of Art.
ACC Grantee, the Chorus Repertory Theatre, opens the MetroPlus Thetare Fest 2014 in Chennai with Shakespeare’s masterpiece on Aug 15 and goes on to perform in Bangalore on Aug 17
Macbeth is the name of a disease, a dangerous epidemic. Unlimited desire, greed, and violence are some of the symptoms of this disease. These symptoms are not easily diagnosed as they aren’t seen on the surface but are born inside polluted and corrupted minds. The disease has evolved through a hidden agenda that is dangerous, complex and full of instigation and conspiracy. When it finally erupts, the violence destroys mankind. The eradication measures taken up against this dangerous disease through literature, arts, science, and religion have failed to reach inside the mind from where the disease originates. Macbeth is the ugliest version of the human species in the world today.
Text courtesy of The Hindu Newsletter.
Photo courtesy of The Chorus Repertory Theatre.
ANGST ANGEL; Returns
Angst Angel, Returns a collaboration between Maya Dance Theatre and music composer, Alex Dea (ACC Grantee). A site specific production expounding the human emotion ‘Angst’ through characters and moments from Asian epic Ramayana and Mahabharatha. An expansion and reworking inspired from the original dance-music concept Angst Angel directed and performed by Alex Dea 20 years ago!
Text and photo courtesy of Maya Dance Theatre.
Far From Indochine
2015 will mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The New Art Center's next Curatorial Opportunity Program exhibition Far from Indochine presents three contemporary projects about Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam that engage with the myths and ideas that formed the backdrop of the war. Through film, photography, painting and sculpture, four artists from France and the United States contemplate the modern and the global in Southeast Asia.
This exhibition features ACC Grantees Patty Chang and David Kelly.
Photo Caption: Patty Chang and David Kelley, Route 3, 2011, 3-channel synchronized HD video projection, 27:21 min.
Text courtesy of New Arts Center.