WEN YAU [HONG KONG]
ERIK HOKANSON [Brooklyn]
JEFF HUCKLEBERRY [BOSTON]
The most common, stable, and reliable states of the universe are the qualities of darkness and cold. We live in a very unusual condition of relative warmth and light. We are living here (earth) -humans, spiders, grass, fish, carrots, bacteria, mice, viruses. We are all related. We need to eat each other. It�s the price of peace, beauty, security, humor, love, and hope. Our bodies, like those of all other organisms here, are communities of cells working together essentially for their own preservation. We will all become food for something someday. The sun will make our place food for itself someday. I don�t know what will eat the sun. Then it will likely become cold and dark. I take comfort in this. I like natural states.Erik Hokanson:
Jeff huckleberry received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is the son and grandson of far more practical people, which he tries to express in his art.
Title of piece: Civil Left/Right.7 � Change We Need! by wen yau
In her I♥HK T-shirt, Hong Kong artist wen yau arrived at the Big Apple with fascination and strangeness. Comparing her T-shirt with the rebus she has seen in the city, she has decided to make change(s) she needs here.
�I think we�ve all had enough. Enough of the broken promises. Enough of the failed leadership. Enough of the can�t-do, won�t-do, won�t-even-try style of governance.� � President Barack Hussein Obama
In the latest work of her �Civil Left/Right� series, wen yau invites the audience to join a feast of sweet and salty savor as a homage or confession of her patriotism.
wen yau started the �Civil Left/Right� series in 2007. The series explores her national identity and the kind of nationalism imposed on Hongkongers as Chinese after the transfer of sovereignty from the UK to China. She has put on the I♥HK T-shirt and presented this serial performance project in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and various cities in mainland China.
As a cross-media artist, researcher, curator and writer, wen yau has been concentrating on performance/live art and time-based media in the last few years. Her works often grapple with cultural difference and intimacy in public space. Recent projects include Seeing is Existing (pinhole photographic series, 2008-), Civil Left/Right (video & performance, 2007-), i-(s)wear project (one-to-one performance, 2007-), TengSeWong/Voice-Writer series (media & live art, 2005-), I pledge (not) guilty (live art, 2004-05), etc. Her work has been shown in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Sweden, Italy, New Zealand, Bolivia, etc. wen yau has finished a 4-week residency at the Vermont Studio Center this Spring and is currently working as Resident Assistant Coordinator at the Franklin Furnace Archive.