5 Artist, 5 Works
An iPhone Photo, Mostly Writings
An installation in an African theme show
Sesay was born and raised in Nigeria. He went back to visit the village that he used to live in summer 2013. People in his village were still suffering from the shortage of water. The local authority controls the water as a source of their power. In this piece, Sesay transferred the only drinking fountain in this gallery to an installation. Although the viewer can see the drinking fountain, the door rejects the viewer from reaching out to it. The members and the staffs of the gallery have fully access to the drinking fountain. “FITNESS SUITE” Sesay says, is a camouflage of modern monarchy. He wants the viewers who come from the western world context can experience unjustification of dictatorship, naming even they paid for what the gallery asked (admission); they cannot have the full experience of the gallery (use the drinking fountain).
The question Sesay raised in this piece is rather provocative: do you want a membership?
Photograph in a street photography show
Kim escaped to South Korea during the Korean War with his family when he was only five. The Kim’s family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. When Kim was 11 years old, he met with 17 years old William Eggleston who just got off the school and was out shooting in Kim’s neighborhood. Kim and Eggleston were quickly became friends. Kim’s style is very much influenced by Eggleston (since Eggleston taught and inspired Kim to start shooting). This is first time ever Kim has decided to show his photos to the world after years practice, contemplate, and marinade. Kim has eyes for mundane yet poetic subjects. In this image, Kim incorporates three primary colors to create visually stunning frame within a frame effect.
The question Kim raised in this piece is rather provocative: do you want a membership?
Oil on Canvas in a landscape painting show
Zhang graduated from Beijing Academic Art in 2000. Zhang painted this painting in the exact the size and scale of original scene. It embraces the viewer into the picture plane. Traditionally, the painting was used as a window to another space or world. She says, “I remember the excitement that I had when I first learnt how to draw in perspective. It was real magic to me, that the sensation of a deep space, which it creates. I told myself, this is art, this the history of art and this is the future of art.” Zhang is also deeply concerned about obesity that is happening in America. She hopes this work can courage the viewers to get out of their home and join the fitness suite.
The question Zhang raised in this piece is rather provocative: do you want a membership?
Maintaining Staff Artist Group
A site-specific commissioned from Wexner Center, and installed in RPAC.
This work is created by a group of underground artists who reside in the Ohio State University. They are working as maintaining staff during the day to create a better living and studying environment for the OSU students. At night, they are the artists who found broken doors and refurbished them through the touch of brushes. Although this door may looks like any other door around the campus, this door is actually one of a kind. The glass is made out of gorilla glass, which is stronger than any current iPhone screens. The group’s signature is located on the keyhole where the “BEST” would be.
The question the group raised in this piece is rather provocative: do you want a membership?
Pay for My Sweat
Performance Art in a gallery space
Franco choreographed this performance. The performers are coming into the space regularly and dancing in a way that represents the movement of working out. Franco puts the viewers in a position that they can only be spectators. “I just don’t get the whole idea about football. The people who most need exercise are watching the people who most need rest exercising,” Franco says, “I want to bring the society’s attention to the nature of the football.”
The question Franco raised in this piece is rather provocative: do you want a membership?