There is no Mao Zedong imagery, no Kawaii, no manga at Arario Gallery‘s latest group show, “Irrelevant: Local Emerging Asian Artists Who Don’t Make Work About Being Asian.” Instead, you’ll find foot gorging, furniture arboretums, a tarred tree-deer and a nude breakfasting in front a humidifier.
Fifty artists strong, the show emphases absurdism, new and found materials “unfolded, manipulated, reworked and dysfunctioned,” and forming a new emerging artist community within the cutthroat art scene of NYC. The exhibit will “purify and de-label the artist as Asian, by labeling the artist as Asian.” Somehow, that makes sense.
Pop by the gallery for coinciding art performances: cotton-candied Kyoung Eun Kang cannibalizing herself on July 8th, a possible live platypus birth on July 15th, procovative super 8mm film workshop on July 22nd and more. “Irrelevant: Local Emerging Asian Artists Who Don’t Make Work About Being Asian,” Group Show, Jul 1 – Aug 6, Arario Gallery, NYC