EventFebruary 17, 2023, 6–8pm
Undoing Exhibition: Closing Performances by HaeAhn Woo Kwon, and Ka Yan and Mountain
To mark the final day of Water Works, ISCP will host performances in the exhibition space by HaeAhn Woo Kwon and artist duo Ka Yan and Mountain.
The evening will begin with HaeAhn Woo Kwon adopting her piece It Gives Skin (2022), on view at the gallery. The fiberglass shower base sculpture will be used as a palimpsest for a text titled “Undoing Exhibition.”
Physically repositioned in the exhibition space, the sculpture will become a support structure for sound artists, Ka Yan and Mountain. They will present a sound bath with crystal singing bowls, and a poem as incantatory meditation, drawing from strategies of Reiki transmission (universal energy). According to the artist duo, “The mix of high vibrational sonic experiences will activate the water within us at a cellular level, assisting in a realignment of the atomic joy accessible to all.”
Together, the performances reflect the exhibition themes of cleansing and ritual, asking what it means to feel clean as physical, spiritual, and mental modes of being.
Water Works is a group exhibition in the second-floor gallery curated by Danielle Wu that brings together six artists who turn to the washroom as an aesthetic resource: Hana Al-Saadi, Laurie Kang, Ajay Kurian, Mia Raadik, Pauline Shaw, and HaeAhn Woo Kwon.
About the artists:
HaeAhn Woo Kwon is a Canada-based artist whose installations and assemblages bring together disparate materials and means of production, including hand-built, manufactured, found, and organic objects and images. Their work often reflects on the availability of excess goods and the necessity of inventiveness in our current moment. She has exhibited work at Franz Kaka, Toronto; Jack Barrett Gallery, New York; and Clint Roenisch, Toronto, among others.
Ka Yan and Mountain is a New York-based artist duo. Ka Yan is an interdisciplinary artist and film director from Hong Kong. Dedicated to bridging worlds together, Ka Yan expresses the transient complex beauty within a diaspora, integrating filmmaking, photography, publishing, performance, text, and installations. Her latest short film It’s The Most Beautiful Before It’s Gone (2021) was screened and performed at the Queens Museum. Mountain is a Filipino-American composer, music producer and researcher whose work with Pique Project has been featured by Adult Swim, Adidas, Warp Records, Apple Music, and Queens Museum. Currently he is working on a sound therapy project researching alternative access methods into memory through a process called “song threading.”
This program is supported, in part, by Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.
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