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Bedroom as Canvas: "Unchaste Sanctuaries" & "Readjusted Scenery"

April 23-30, 2017
Opening reception Sunday April 23, 2017 7-10pm
With music performance 9-10pm by SKY WHITE TIGER
Closing reception Sunday april 30, 7-8pm
With with PhD Gemma Sharpe

Unchaste Sanctuaries by Hira Khan
It is not yours if it is everyone else’s

Bedrooms take up the role of a private space in a house. The artist shifts into a new room in a different country adapting to it as one’s private space. With traces and left overs of previous residents, Khan’s installation is a response to all that is stripped off from a personal space, through sculpture and text The bed elevates in its eerie grandeur while fungi grows in all transient states of the artists and New York City itself.

Hira Khan is a visual artist and a research coordinator at Vasl Artists’ Collective. She seeks to find closure with people and events in her life through material explorations in sculpture and self-empowerment. She holds a BFA from Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan.

Blurring lines between fantasy and reality, Louis Schwadron took matters into his own paws, birthing psych-pop alter ego SKY WHITE TIGER. After a decade of writing, recording, performing as multi-instrumentalist with Radiohead, David Bowie, Elton John, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, The National, St. Vincent, and a batch of supporting US tour dates with Rufus Wainwright, Schwadron has completed a debut LP Electra an EP Child of Fire, and soon-be completed LP - Invisible City, for touring in 2017 and beyond. With a blend of acoustic, electronic and a touch of the cinematic, Sky White Tiger expands from solo to full band, performing on stages, art galleries, planetarium domes – fusing sound, light, and fantasy – transforming any space into the Tiger Realm of the endless imagination.

Gemma Sharpe is a writer and PhD candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation examines the display and reception of Pakistani art internationally between Independence and the 1990s. She has worked for Afterall, Gasworks, and the Triangle Network in London and she has an MFA in Art Writing from Goldsmiths (2010). Between 2011 and 2014 she was based in Karachi, Pakistan, where she taught at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and worked as a Coordinator at Vasl Artists’ Collective.

Readjusted Scenery
Familiar Alien

Robert Fan, Artist/Filmmaker & Suthidee Best Piyayothin, Artist/Researcher

The contemporary visual identity of Asia has always been a mix of popular culture and the colonial history. Orientalism not only creates stereotypes for the Western but it also influences the way people of Asia see themselves. Being portrayed as the unfamiliar, the unfamiliar becomes normality in time. 

Fan’s home country Taiwan has been colonized several times whereas Piyayothin’ Thailand has never been so. As Taiwan tries to establish its visual culture against all the colonial influence, Thailand deals with another force, that of the media culture, especially that of the US. For a change, Fan’s and Piyayothin’s installation presents their imagined scenery of NYC.