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
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