Art Linking Communities
FUJINOMIYA BIENNALE 2020
28 September 2019
Ishibashi Historic House
Shimizu-ku Shizuoka, Japan, 421-3203
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RESILIENT ISLAND STORIES
14 July, 2019
688-3 Kokuba, Naha-City, Okinawa, Japan
“DIRT IS NOT DIRTY”
– Walter Ritte
James Jack’s art projects place emphasis on social processes and question dominant political worldviews of power and ownership of land. For this talk, he will focus on Molokai Window (Honolulu Museum of Art, 2018) which explores the visceral relationship between the earth and the people on the island of Molokai by listening and engaging with their stories. Collaborating closely with the community this exhibit shows ways to protect land by cherishing our deep connections with it. Come listen to Jack speak more about Molokai Window and share his rich experiences working with island stories as active forms of resilience.
14 July 2019
“DIRT IS NOT DIRTY”
– Walter Ritte
ジェームス・ジャックは、社会的プロセスに重きを置き、土地の所有権とその力についての支配的な政治 観に疑問を投げかける作品を制作しているアーティストです。今回のトークでは2018年にホノルル美術 館で発表した作品「モロカイ・ウインドウ」にフォーカスします。この作品はハワイ・モロカイ島 の住人のストーリーから土地との関係について制作されました。その経験から、土地と密接に関わりながら関係性を大切にし、権力から守るする方法をご紹介します。ぜひお越しください。
“Identity XV” exhibit at NCA Tokyo 23 May – 29 June
Work selected for a group exhibit
“Botanical Lessons in Idleness”
Handmade walnut ink on paper
Triptych (76 x 56 cm each)
Curated by Meruro Washida
23 May – 29 June
nca | nichido contemporary art
Curated by Meruro Washida
“Grounded Conversations” talk at NUS Museum
Panel Discussion | Grounded Conversations with Yeo Shih Yun and James Jack
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 7pm
S T Lee Atrium, NUS Museum
NUS Museum presents this iteration of the Grounded Conversations series, which brings together Yeo Shih Yun and James Jack to mark the exhibition’s closing. Focusing on their shared attention to methodology, the conversation traces the marks, stains, colours, and pigments present in their respective works that emerge from specific windows of time or particular inhabited sites, while picking out the materiality of their presentations which range from collections of dirt to recorded brush marks. In so doing, the artists articulate the nuances present in the different ways they choose, ruminate on, and respond to their varying environments, through the carefully considered approaches of spontaneity, choreographed acts, or meticulous investigations. Reflecting on the ultimate trajectories of their chosen artistic and research processes, the conversation hopes to reveal the motivations and preoccupations that define their practice.
About Grounded Conversations
Presenting a series of distinct projects on how art practitioners have begun to adopt comprehensive paradigms in their methods, associated variously with environs and formal interests, negotiated through research and rooted commitment, Grounded Conversations brings together practitioners from the contemporary art world to elucidate artistic productions and their contexts.
About the speakers
Yeo Shih Yun graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. She joined LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts and completed a Diploma in Communication Design before pursuing a Post Baccalaureate programme in painting at San Francisco Art Institute. Yeo founded the artist-run space INSTINC, the INSTINC Artist-In-Residence programme and INSTINC Collective.
James Jack is an artist who creates work together with people, places and ecological networks. He has developed socially engaged art works for the Setouchi Triennale, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art amongst others. Recent solo exhibits include Honolulu Museum of Art (2018), Trudeau Gallery at Orford (2018), and TMT Art Projects (2017). He is a member of the World Dirt Association artist collective formed in 2015, and his writings have been published in Art Asia Pacific, Shima, Satoshi Koyama Gallery and The Contemporary Museum of Hawai‘i. Jack was a Crown Prince Akihito Scholar, holds a PhD in Fine Art and is currently Assistant Professor of Art Practice at Yale-NUS College.
Yeo Shih Yun, We are Singapore: Future, 2015. UV print on plexiglass, 30cm diameter each. Edition of 5 (2/5). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of artist.
Detail from James Jack, Molokai Window, 2018. Natural pigments and gum arabic on wall panel. Image courtesy of Honolulu Museum of Art.
SCREENING SEA BIRTH SELECTIONS
What lies beneath the surface of the sea on the Pacific side of Okinawa? Despite many efforts to erase the past, sea spirits protected by generations of shamanesses can be heard. Part one begins with the story of a still unidentified ship wreck that went down near South Ukibaru Island circa 1876. Based on faint records of an encounter between survivors and Okinawans, the artist enacts rituals in their actual meeting sites. Part two of the story revives a song of unrequited love between lovers living on separate islands trying to find a way to meet. In part three a new life is born from the sea amidst impending threats from military exercises. Together this three-part work weaves historical facts along with personal anecdotes from the artist’s own maritime ancestors within the contemporary realities of Okinawa today.
Thursday, 24 Jan 2019
Followed by a discussion with artist, James Jack
Chairperson | Minna Valjakka, National University of Singapore
AS8 Level 4, Seminar Room 04-04
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
National University of Singapore @ KRC
Studio Interview with Artist James Jack by Object Lessons Space
James Jack is an artist who has created socially engaged works for the Setouchi International Art Festival, Busan Biennale Sea Art Festival, and Institute of Contemporary Art. His works have been exhibited at TMT Art Projects, TAMA Gallery, and Beppu-Wiarda Gallery. He was an artist in residence at the Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Ku Art Center, the Vermont Studio Center and holds a PhD from Tokyo University of the Arts. Now he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. We meet with him in his studio to discuss his recent works, exhibitions and upcoming projects.
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