Friday, January 21, 2011

So much to see

Tonight brings us one of those super art-convergences in Seattle where there's just so much to see all at once. And since they're scattered throughout the city (Ballard, Belltown and 1st Hill), it's a logistical nightmare to hit all three.

Designed by Ming Wong and hand-painted by Mr. Neo Chon Teck.
Life of Imitation, 2009. Acrylic emulsion on canvas. 87 x 90 in.
Singapore Art Museum Collection.

The Frye is having their member's only reception tonight for Ming Wong's amazing new exhibition Life of Imitation. The majority of this show was first shown at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Artist Ming Wong and guest curator Tang Fu Kuen talked about the show at Tuesday's Klatch and it was fascinating to hear about the cinematic history of Singapore. I'd highly recommend attending their discussion with Frye Director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker on Saturday at 2pm.
In his installations Wong adapts landmark films of world cinema, such as Douglas Sirk’s Hollywood melodrama Imitation of Life (1959), addressing issues of racial identity, gender, language, and that which the artist refers to as “in-between, bittersweet, where you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.” In Love for the Mood, a “rehearsal of a rehearsal,” is Ming Wong’s tribute to Wong Kar-wai’s Hong Kong film In the Mood for Love (2000), set in the 1960s. Finally, Four Malay Stories reinterprets Malay showbiz icon P. Ramlee’s most famous films, with Wong himself playing sixteen stock characters in a comedy, a melodrama, a social drama, and a period drama.

Ming Wong rereads “national” cinema constructed through language and role-playing by re-interpreting and adapting classic films and engaging with performative notions of miscasting and parroting.
This is really quick exhibition (by museum standards) and is only up from Jan 22 through Feb 27, 2011, and you don't want to miss it.

in theater at Suyama Space by Eric Eley, image by Mark Woods

Former Seattleite and beloved artist Eric Eley returns to create his largest installation yet. If you saw his most recent show at Platform Gallery, you got a preview of his new direction.
in theater conveys the geometric landscape of an abstracted battlefield encampment. Overhead, a system of nets, interwoven with strips of fabric breaks up the expanse of the gallery’s interior, while tangled barricades divide the ground-level space. The spare architecture of the installation reflects hand-made defensive strategies employed at the intersection of manpower and technological power.
The Suyama Space show is up Jan 24 - April with his artist reception tonight from 5-7pm. Eric will also be giving a gallery talk on Saturday at noon.


by Brion Nuda Rosch at Ambach & Rice

And I already highlighted Ambach & Rice's visiting exhibition Beneath The Picture here.

If you want to get a jump on your art night, swing by Hedreen Gallery today at noon for their LUNCH program.

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