Wishy-Washy Bodies

When 27 Oct 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
Where Centre A
229 East Georgia St.
Vancouver V6A 1Z6
Canada
Enquiry 604.683.8326

Opening Reception and Performance: Friday, October 27, 7pm
Artist Talk with Bigo: Saturday, October 28, 3pm
Curator’s Talk with Mijoo Park: Wednesday, October 25, 5pm, at Emily Carr University

n Wishy-Washy Bodies, artist Bigo interrogates the agency of the body and the boundaries of our corporeal existence. Her works probe the ways we delineate the body, from units of measure, to standardizing data, to the spaces between one body and another. Through sculptures, performances, a video installation, and an artist book, Wishy-Washy Bodies troubles the borders between our physical selves and the worlds we inhabit.

The artist book, How to Serially Section a Body (2017), takes up the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)’s online log of medical data to consider the ways in which our three-dimensional bodies are flattened into digital information. The book’s form, typography, and graphics play with the medical logs—for example, the page thickness of 0.2mm invokes KISTI’s cross-sectional images taken 0.2mm beneath the surface of the skin—inviting readers to experience the human body as displaced and objectified on every page. Meanwhile, the installation Draw with a Mirror (2017) will feature wearable mirror sculptures and an accompanying two-channel video of the artist and a professional dancer tracing each other using the sculptures. Drawing out our relationships to space, Bigo challenges conventional ways of communicating and perceiving embodiment, extending the body beyond its fleshy limits.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing collaboration between Centre A and the RAT school of ART, an alternative study program for artists in Seoul, Korea. Every year, Centre A sends one artist-in-residence to spend three months working in Seoul and, in turn, hosts a show by a RAT school member in Vancouver. The Canada-Korea Residency and Exchange program highlights the role of contemporary artists in making space for collaborative relationships, critical conversations, and cultural productivity across national borders. Wishy-Washy Bodies welcomes Vancouver audiences to take part in this transnational conversation. As part of sculpture and performance piece t00000rso (2016), visitors may engage with participatory performances taking place in the gallery every Saturday at 4 pm.


Bigo 
is an artist at the RAT school of ART. She has trained at Hong-ik University (Seoul, Korea), Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts (Toulouse, France), and Escola Massana (Barcelona, Spain). Her work has appeared at the 2014 Resistance Art Festa, on the Han River through the Sixteen Yellow Lifebelts memorial project in 2014, and as part of the 2012 Public Art Prism in the Deogeon Festa. Wishy-Washy Bodies is her debut North American exhibition.

Mijoo Park (b. 1987) works in the administration of the RAT school of ART. She has worked as editor of Artprice Korea and as a researcher at KAMI (Korean Arts Management Institute). She coordinated the Teahwa-river Eco Art Festival (2013) in Ulsan and the Joyful Play of Colors exhibition at Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art. She worked as an assistant researcher on several research projects conducted by Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2016, she participated in the 7th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course and worked as a lecturer at Cheongju University. In 2017, she organised an excursion called Kunst Non Stop, was a lecturer at Hansung University, and was selected for the ARKO Creative Academy program.


The RAT school of ART
(RAT) 
offers a master class certificate along with a one of its kind study program in Korea. It believes that Seoul is a great city for artists. RAT facilitates exchange with artists and institutions abroad and fosters the potential of Korean art. The RAT school of ART was founded in 2014 by Dirk Fleischmann, who has been teaching art at Korean universities since 2009 and taught classes as a visiting professor at Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore) and Emily Carr University (Vancouver). Other exchange programs of the RAT school of ART include a unique collaboration with Frankfurt’s’ Städelschule coordinated by renowned artist Tobias Rehberger as well as 2016 Montreal Biennale Curator Philippe Pirotte.

Photo courtesy of the organizer/s.

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