How is art experience intellectualized, and how is it intuited?
How are art- and exhibition-making guided by research? By emotions?
What are the poetics of perception?
How do modes of embodiment—embodied cognition, phenomenology, and the materializing of ideas or emotions into art objects—present paradoxes? How do we embrace contradictions?
Who is the disappearing artist? Who is the ego-less agent?
What’s so wrong with sentiment?
Why is mortality a thing that must be “confronted”? Who does it attract? Why?
How do you practice tolerating uncertainty?
What space is left for introspection?
What is the agency of an artist? How do we shape the art worlds we’d like to participate in?
On Wednesday, September 24, join a public forum featuring guest dialogist Andria Hickey, Public Art Fund Associate Curator, in conversation with artist Christine Wong Yap to discuss themes in and around The Eve Of…, a solo pop-up exhibition exploring “the disassembled self on the eve of re-organization.” You’re invited to participate in the dialogue with questions, comments, and provocations.
The Eve Of… Public Forum
Wednesday, September 24, 7–9 pm
Falchi Building, 31-00 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 [Google Map]
7 to 33rd/Rawson Station; G/E to Court Square; N/Q/R to Queensboro/Queens Plaza
More info: theeveof.christinewongyap.com
Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments will be served.
The Eve Of… is supported by an Individual Artists grant from the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
After a year of planning and several weeks as a self-initiated artist-in-residence, I’m excited to open a show of my work in a pop-up space I’m also running for this project. It’s been a huge endeavor and includes work in a new creative direction. Hope to see you there!
The Eve of… is a new installation of sculptures and video examining uncertain psychological states. Inspired by the decisive moment after setbacks and before actions, the project explores the disassembled self on the eve of re-organization.
Mirrors, colored vinyl, Mylar, plastic bags, and asphalt-based paint are used to create props and scenes of light and darkness. Through such works, viewers may encounter their own reflections or shadows, or the incongruity of ineffable emotions and physical embodiment.
Saturday, September 13, 5–7 pm
Refreshments will be served; victuals contributed by Whole Foods
Featuring guest speaker Andria Hickey, Associate Curator, Public Art Fund
Wednesday, September 24, 7–9 pm
Additional gallery hours:
Wednesday, September 17, 12–3 pm
Saturday, September 20, 1–5 pm
And by appointment by emailing theeveof @ christinewongyap.com.
All events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.
The Eve Of… is supported by an Individual Artists grant from the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Support from the Falchi Building and Whole Foods is also gratefully acknowledged.
While projects in The Eve Of… are about uncertainty, the process is providing many opportunities to expand my limited tolerance of uncertainty.
“Researchers have identified ‘intolerance of uncertainty’ as an important cause of anxiety and anxiety disorders.
If you want to reduce rumination, anxious feelings, and avoidance…
Learn to tolerate not knowing the reasons for someone else’s behavior.
Learn to recognize when you’re avoiding doing something … because you can’t be completely certain of a positive outcome…
Learn to recognize when you’re taking too much responsibility for protecting others from possible negative outcomes….”
—Alice Boyes, Ph.D., “Seven Tips for Reducing Anxiety, Rumination and Avoidance,” Psychology Today (March 1, 2013)* [Not the most academic source, but at the right time, this list was useful for me.]