heinous and petty, criminals legendary and laughable; here is a shadow world
filled with the extremities of the human zoo. The offenders seem powerless to
break the cycle of their transgressive behaviour- drawn like moths to the
consuming flame. Are their victims though wholly innocent? Have they perhaps
conspired with their tormentors in some way? The cunning fox steps unwittingly
into a trap laid by an equally savvy and unfeeling missy. The aging harridan is
served a tea that is to put paid to her incessant nagging. My treatment of this
thorny subject is intended to both amuse and question our reactions to crime.
On the face of it these actions are morally repugnant and merit our censure.
But we are all guilty, at unguarded moments, of feelings of superiority,
vanity, lust and cold calculation: the impetuses of crime.
---- Xue Wang
February 2013 for Copro Gallery
Leslie Ditto's beautiful solo show Humanity Lost will exhibit at the same time
My work 'The Burning Train' for "The Illumination" group show @Copro Gallery
Opening Reception, Saturday, December 15, 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Dates: Exhibit runs; December 15 – January 5, 2012
In these troubled times there's light at the e
nd of the tunnel illuminating the future of a Brave New World. The best part is the Dark Ride getting there so for this group exhibition artists portray the journey to Illumination. You'll know your there when you arrive!
Artist: Alexandra Manukyan, Becca, Big Gus, Brian Smith, Clare Toms, Erik Alos, Ewelina Koszykowska,Genevive Zacconi, Gregg Gibbs, Jamie Lee Parker, Jim Pavelec, John Cebollero, Lang Leav, Macsorro, Mat Hurtado, Matthew Price, Peter Chan, Ken Keirns, Philip Lumbang, Pooch, Robert Connett, Yoko dHolbachie, XUE Wang and more
'International Woman' brings together a stellar roster of more than 15 artists from 10 countries, being the first exhibition in the UK that highlights the cross-over of the Pop Surrealism and Urban fine art movements under one roof. Working in underground art movements these women have forged names for themselves by pushing the boundaries of contemporary art, experimenting with new mediums, ideas and visual concepts. Individually they have enhanced the overall direction of these underground movements, and as a collective they have changed the way women are viewed in urban culture today.
Catalina Estrada, Cheryl Dunn, Elizabeth Mcgrath, Faith 47, Hera, Kukula, Mel Kadel, Miss Van, Pam Glew, Sarah Joncas, Stella Im Hultberg, Swoon, Tara Mcpherson and Xue Wang.
Curated by Frankie Shea and Tina Ziegler
Opening reception: March 29 th 2012. 6pm On display until 7 July 2012 Museum Street, Warrington, WA1 1JB. United Kingdom
I like many of Lynch’s films but The Elephant Man, with its themes of social stigma and public ghoulishness, appeals most. The protagonist is both shunned and misunderstood solely because of his appearance. Merrick’s longing for acceptance and desire to be like anyone else, is met by hoots of derision and revolted gasps. But he is, below his misshapen exterior, really just like us; seeking the warmth of companionship.
Mental asylums may seem a curious, if not to say odd wellspring for creative inspiration. But to me they offer a tender and liberating subject which quietly worms its way through the imagination. My interest in these long abandoned institutions- as neglected by society as their former inhabitants- was awakened by a desire to pass beyond their shadowy facades. A surreptitious visit to the now derelict Sussex county hospital in the village of Hellingly, drew me further into the labyrinthine possibilities for artistic exploration. The silent interiors and vacant corridors are being reclaimed by nesting crows and creeping ivy. Wards which once echoed with chattering and imbalanced minds crumble into ruins. The long departed residents are retreating ghosts who have made the walls their home.