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Thursday 10.02.08

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Primer and welcoming committee for Reversed Reality

As Megan mentioned earlier Reversed Reality opens tomorrow and Worksound plays Portland host to 5 of the 6 artists. Here's a little primer on the artists from Hong Kong and Senegal. I'm certain youve seen some of these artists at recent Portland openings but let's give them a big Portland welcome tomorrow.

When I spoke to them today, the four artists from Hong Kong, all thought Portland had a young art scene with a more relaxed attitude than Hong Kong... focusing more on the work rather than purely career driven pursuits:

For this piece, Doris Wong collected postcards from Portland art events and assiduously copied each of them. Wong's copies are on the right, the originals are displayed on the left (in matching frames). This simulacra and translation creates a kind of aesthetic/promotional bridge between art scene and postcard seen.

Florian Ma, with his nearly complete light piece. The final version will have babies that bring life to the installation, everything has a specific symbolic meaning. When asked about the blue and yellow colors he said, "blue and yellow are like beer and cheese, Portland has really good beer." I dont want to spoil it but there is a lot more, and I suggest you just ask him on Friday.

Hanison Lau created his own even smaller scale Chinese Garden from found scraps and garbage. Everything is symbolic, from a miniature Mt. Hood to rain and some wood that you are supposed to smell.

Beatrix Pang, creates communication scenarios, whether wearing a mask and asking questions or a making boundary producing/communication inducing cup and thread telephone.

From Senegal, Cheikh Ndlay Lyon creates forested scenes with moderinst buildings in their midst. He's really interested in Edvard Munch and like him seeks out scenes of alienation. His approach to honoring tree's is different than a European or American, and comes from the way the Senegalese leave gifts for trees.

All of these artists including Portland's own Samantha Wall were curated by Wei Hsueh in a show that was about a year in the making. The artists from Hong Kong chose Portland and Chicago as the two cities to do their residencies. So why Portland? They felt we had an active art scene in a young city where everything was just starting to be established (very different than Hong Kong).

Opening October 3rd 6-9PM @ Worksound 820 SE Alder

Posted by Jeff Jahn on October 02, 2008 at 16:16 | Comments (0)


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