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We are excited to announce that our annual celebration End with a Book! will take place on Friday, December 8. Please join us at 23 Cranberry St. for a night of delicious food, books and artwork raffles, and DJ set by YiuYiu 瑶瑶 of Chinatown Records.
Tickets are $40 to join us at 6:00 pm for drinks, dumplings, and general jollity. Contributions of $60 or more automatically enter you into the annual artist book raffle. The raffle includes interactive zine by Tropical Futures Institute and Passenger Pigeon Press, artist monograph by Tommy Kha, exhibition catalogs from Only The Young: Experimental Art in Korea, 1960s- 1970s at the Guggenheim Museum, and Just Between Us: From The Archives of Arlan Huang, curated by Danielle Wu and Howie Chen.
Book Raffle Items:
- Only The Young: Experimental Art in Korea, 1960s- 1970s
- Tommy Kha: Half, Full, Quarter
- Just Between Us: From The Archives of Arlan Huang
- Freehold State by Tropical Futures Institute and Passenger Pigeon Press
For the grand finale, donors of $1000 and up will not only be entered into the artist book raffle, but will also get a chance to win this unique work by artist Ming Fay, accompanied by a copy of the artist’s latest monograph Journey into Nature.
Ming Fay is a New York City-based artist most known for his large-scale, life-like sculptural renditions of plants, fruits, trees, and other organic forms. Fay has been commissioned by numerous cities to create large-scale public art installations, and has exhibited internationally in major museums, most recently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fay’s works are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum, M+, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art, among others.
Born in Shanghai in 1943, Ming Fay grew up in Hong Kong, moving to the United States in 1961 to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design. He received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Ming Fay’s work primarily comments upon the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. Drawing on an extensive knowledge of both Eastern and Western horticulture and mythologies, along with his close observation of personally collected items such as fruits, seeds, and bones, Fay often reworks nature’s forms in order to fabricate imaginary species.
The artist explains, “much like a scientist, I research and cultivate specific plant forms for their inherent and symbolic qualities, reinterpreting and reinventing them in my studio/laboratory greenhouse.” This results in works that range from oversized plant forms, theatrical garden-like displays, or overgrown sci-fi inspired environments in paintings and sculptures.
He was also a founding member of the art collective Epoxy Art Group in the 1980s, which included five other artists from Hong Kong. Epoxy offered a supportive community for Chinese American artists living in New York City. The group progressively evolved into a platform for collaborative projects that explored cross-cultural perspectives, gluing Asian and Western influences. Epoxy exhibited at numerous venues including the Asian American Arts Centre (1988), the Alternative Museum (1987), and Kwok Gallery (1983), with works in the collections of both the New Museum and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University.
The night will be accompanied by a vinyl DJ set from YiuYiu 瑶瑶 (aka Rochelle Hoi-Yiu Kwan). She is a cultural organizer, artist, and oral history educator based on Lenape land in NYC’s Manhattan Chinatown. Bringing together art, music, and oral history, she takes on her childhood name YiuYiu 瑶瑶 as a researcher and DJ for Chinatown Records 華埠錄音, a community effort to celebrate the richness of music, memory, and history that comes with inherited family record collections.
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