Beyond the Visible

When 7 Jan 2020 - 23 Jan 2020
Where Ground Floor Gallery Space, Pfizer Building
630 Pfizer Building
Brooklyn, NY 11206
United States

Brooklyn-based curatorial collective, We Narrate Us is pleased to announce, Beyond the Visible, a group exhibition featuring works by Cole Lu, Alison Nguyen, Catalina Ouyang, and Kanthy Peng curated by Jennifer (Chia-ling) Ho and Min Sun Jeon.

Today, our experiences and relationship with the world are heavily mediated by the images, materials, and languages we perceive and speak. This mediation is beyond the physical register of the human body with invisible code that is subconsciously guiding our behaviors and thoughts. Rules and norms are often followed before thinking how they are defined or realizing how they define our everyday social roles. Beyond the Visible exhibition brings together artists who uncover the particularities of hidden social and technological infrastructures to reorient our understanding of the visible.

Catalina Ouyang revisits the meditations on culture, language, memory, and longing that navigate us through literature and confronts the possession of control embedded within them. Ouyang’s sculpture proposes sacred vessels as potential sites of vulnerability, nurture, tribute, and as a resistance to imaginaries of exotic cultural history. Through retelling the literary fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cole Lu examines our relationship to humanity and its ability to build diverse communities. Lu’s work results in an exploration of material and formal aspects of a fragmental body and its counter-history in illness and alienation through othering.

Images are often viewed through the prism of subcategories, including the built environment, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and culture. Kanthy Peng uncovers the patriarchal trope of women being part of a natural landscape and explores the power dynamic in the act of seeing. Peng’s photographs negotiate for a more illuminating feminine space with possible subtleties of language. Alison Nguyen’s video explores how contemporary images are deeply inscribed by the conditions of mass media and ideological systems that govern and produce them. With the material of today’s blip media culture, Nguyen’s work interrogates visibility and invisibility, presence and absence, and the violence that is implicit in image production loops.

Opening: February 7, 2020, 6-9 pm.

Artist talk and screening: February 16, 5-6:30 pm, “Mediated Presence” with Alison Nguyen and Kanthy Peng

Panel discussion: February 20, 6:30-8 pm, “Asian Diasporas in Contemporary Art: Myths of Homeland and Return” with Jesse Chun, Cole Lu, Catalina Ouyang, Christopher K. Ho, and Daisy Nam

Image courtesy of the event organizer.

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