December 15, 2017 – January 5, 2018
Reception｜Friday, December 15, 6 – 8 pm
Venue | Gallery 456
Address | 456 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-431-9740
The Chinese American Arts Council (CAAC) and Gallery 456 are delighted to present Infinite Narratives, an exhibition of works by the Tomato Grey artist collective with 6 artistic collaborators.
Infinite Narratives is a direct response to Tomato Grey’s New York exhibitions in 2010 and 2012, scholar Alexandra Chang of New York University published an essay entitled “Approaching the Infinite Narrative: Asian Art Now & Te Tomato Grey Collective” in 2014. In this article, Chang discusses cultural narratives and their unfolding in the “Now” vis-à-vis the complex trans-national tendencies of a “Hong Kong identity:”
“How does one approach a narrative that veers towards infinite possible simultaneous trajectories in a real-world
setting? This is the ultimate difficulty in thinking through a longue dure´e Asian contemporary art history within a global and transcultural framework while taking into account transnational artists’ mobility and the international flows of their artistic production […] When using the term ‘Now’, I am not indicating the contemporary as a moment of vanguardism, but as the visualization of artistic production within a specific contextualization relative to a given narrative of the near-infinite possibilities of the ‘Now’ of art history.”
– Alexandra Chang, the Third Text Vol. 28
While the self-proclaimed Hong Kong artists from the Tomato Grey collective will produce works that explicitly reference Hong Kong, the partnering non-Hong Kong artist will be asked to “copy” and “respond to” the perceived identity as projected in the work, in acts of deliberate and creative misreading. Te “now-ness” is brought into sharp focus through a chain of representation, re-presentation, and re-appropriation. This collaboration will eventually take the form of an artist book, to be published in 2018. This exhibition at Gallery 456 will feature individual pages as works-on-paper from the 6 artistic duos. Participating TG members and their collaborations include Samson Young and Seth Cluett, Bing Lee and Ik Joong Kang, Kwong Pui See and Erika Kobayashi, Kaho Albert Yu and Yoko Naito, Annysa Ng and Patrick Fabian Panetta, Wong Kit Yi and Emily Cruz Nowell.