This series explores the boundaries between the real and the virtual within the context of David Wojnarowicz's "Rimbaud in New York" series. Using an anime alter-ego of the artist in collaboration with "Rambo," the two go on a Boston adventure.
This series explores mixed medias to create installations around ideas of comfort, sexuality, and spirituality in the digital age. The artist uses materials and aesthetics that speak to plasticity, virtual reality, and tradition within one condensed space, resulting in hyper-stimulation. He then uses photography and a rigorous editing process to select out simplified moments to filter out a stronger curated installation space.
Fumi-e takes viewers on a ritual process, harnessing all 5 senses at different stages, represented by 3 alter places. At each alter, the humble Noh performer requests viewers to perform certain actions, from tasting pungent nato to defacing alien deities. At the third alter, the Noh performer commits Seppuku and their requests upon the viewer become heavier and agressive until life itself has been properly sacrificed by the audience. This piece questions the audience's choices and values against an alien ritual within a formal performance atmosphere.
This performance piece converses with Monet's painting, Japonisme, depicting Camille posing in a Uchikake Kimono. To permanently document the controversy around Monet's painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, over July 2015, a fellow artist, Azita Moradkhani, paints Jeremy's body in Camille's Uchikake- appearing almost like tattoos down his right side. After 6 hours of painting the body, Jeremy stands in a antique wash basin and attempts to scratch, peel, and rub away the kimono with hot sake. The remaining marks pose the question, can we move beyond orientalism and exoticism in American contemporary culture ?
Azita Moradkhani's website: http://www.azimore.com/
Photo documentation: Nickolas Procopi
Within Gold Clouds is a sculptural installation that materializes my struggle to come to terms with my Japanese- American upbringing. I spent months dissecting Japanese history- from the arrival of Buddhism to contemporary anime, to learn the difference between lyrical space (a space that does not fit within the framework of realism) and epic space (a space that contains a universal order). The idea, which resonated most for me during my studies, was the use of abstract clouds in traditional Japanese landscape paintings. At first the scenes appear unified by scale, flat space, and moments of detail within a great fog. However, the use of large opaque clouds abstracts space and perspective. The elegant distortion of space resonated with my practice, and I began to situate my visual vocabulary within the passages that artists and historians speculate on what lies within, to create a seemingly Japanese aesthetic.
EMW Gallery is proud to present Jeremy Endo’s solo exhibition, Within Gold Clouds. This seemingly traditional installation stems from Jeremy’s multicultural upbringing and his intimate dissection of Japanese history. Cloudy passages of Ukiyo-e artwork once symbolized potential: parts of the world yet to be discovered. However, they also represent a melancholic unattainable way of life for many half Asian people. Now these nebulous contours provide refuge to lost family traditions, unfamiliar cultural ephemera, and distant internal narratives. To unearth what lies beyond the fog, participants are encouraged to remove their shoes and stroll through this distorted meditative space, carved out by synthetic sculptures, peaceful plants, and placid waters.
The exhibition will run from July 7th, 2017 - September 22, 2017 with intermittent performances to be announced at a later date via the EMW facebook page. Gallery hours are Wednesdays from 6pm- 8pm and by appointment Mondays-Saturdays. To schedule an appointment please email the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the curator, Cai Diluvio at email@example.com.
GLAEDR is a collaborative installation-performance by Elmer Martinez and Jeremy Endo. It explores the long history of displaced peoples. Through a universe forged in the Afrofuturistic aesthetic with the implementation of sculpture, contemporary interior lighting design, science fictitious costume design, sound design and spoken word poetry, the artist implements movement via improvised dance forms as Glaedr the Traveler within Jeremy's installation. Through 6 acts the artists engage with a concentrated scrutinization of the transatlantic slave trade, the resulting African Diaspora, Colonialism and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the current lasting effect on each of their legacies. Images and video taken/edited by Alif Ibrahim: