Confronting Yesterday’s Traditions in Today’s Cultural Diaspora

When 29 Feb 2020
3:00PM - 5:00PM
Where SFA Projects
131 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
United States
Please join us on Saturday, February 29th, with artists Susan M B Chen, Jeffrey Morabito, and Homer Shew, moderated by Chantal Lee for a conversation on how Chinese artistic traditions influence contemporary art and thought today.

The quality that we call beauty, however, must always grow from the realities of life,
and our ancestors, forced to live in dark rooms, presently came to discover beauty in shadows,
ultimately to guide shadows towards beauty’s ends.
― Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows

Susan M B Chen paints portraits of Asian Americans to investigate the psychology of race, and the varying viewpoints her sitters have on ideas of home, immigration, prejudice, identity, family, longing, love and loss. In 2019, she was a finalist for the AXA Art Prize and was also featured on Jerry Saltz’s Instagram as a highlight at SPRING/BREAK Art Show.  Recent group shows include Art Toronto, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Richard Gray Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, and Ki Smith Gallery.  She is currently an M.F.A. Painting candidate at Columbia University.

Jeffrey Morabito, being half Hong Kong-ese and half Italian, spent his early years traveling between New York and Hong Kong. He returned to Asia in 2006, to apprentice with a calligraphy master in Seoul, South. Korea. He then spent six years in Beijing, beginning with a Red Gate Gallery Residency, in 2009, teaching at Capital Normal University. Morabito has exhibited in “Art Beijing;” International Art Fair and Matthius Kupper Gallery, Beijing, China; N-Space and Jay Gallery Seoul, South Korea; Rosenfeld Gallery Philadelphia; Projektraum Knut Osper, Cologne, Germany; and in Eric Firestone Loft, 1 GAP and SFA Projects in New York.

Chantal Lee is an art librarian with a special interest in Venetian Renaissance art and theory, Japanese aesthetics, performance art, and poetry. She works in the Art & Architecture Collection and the Picture Collection at the New York Public Library. She received a Masters in Art History and Design at Pratt Institute and a Masters in Library and Information Science also at Pratt.

Homer Shew is an artist who lives and works in New York City. His work primarily focuses on Asian-Americans and how their the bodies and visages accommodate their dislocation. Asian-American products, merchandise and services ubiquitously feed Americans but their image in the American consciousness is unassimilable or just left absent. Living inside this reduction, Shew’s work uses painting’s play of translucence and opacity to respond to and express the latitudes and multiplicities that come with the diaspora community’s use of fronts, tells, bluffs, and earnestness to navigate the American imagination.

Image courtesy of the event organizer.

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