KAI-OI JAY YUNG: AMONGST DARK TREES, A CLEARING
GRUNDY ART GALLERY, QUEEN STREET, BLACKPOOL: 19th January – 9th March 2013
Grundy Art Gallery’s annual communities and schools exhibition invited artist, Kai-Oi Jay Yung to create Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing.
This commission included a series of videos, drawings, a sound responsive light installation and hand-sewn crafted works created through Yung’s engagement with schools, communities and the wider public. The show explores loss and liberation from suffering through interpretations of scientific chromatic light treatment and perspectives on the mystical chakra energy centres.
Stories of an excessive compulsive ex-hoarder, a meditation savant, an antagonistic stand up comedian and insights from trauma psychologists were reframed into four video narratives. The gallery was interspersed with intimate personal tasks which asked the viewer to manipulate sound-light works with their own inner thoughts and emotions, transforming Grundy into an interactive site for the viewer.
This exhibition progresses the artist’s ongoing exploration of blockages within the individual and collective psychological experience of identity. Yung is an interdisciplinary artist, recent projects include performance Military Craft, China, solo show Interval, A Narrative Psychosis, Cornerhouse, Manchester and Image Wars, group show, Abrons Art Centre, New York.
The exhibition was accompanied by an artist devised programme of performances and panel discussions, public workshops, articles and engagement opportunities with families and schools.
CALL FOR LIFE MOTTOS IN THREAD!
Kai-Oi Jay Yung invited people to express their own personal phrase or motto for life on fabric, to be part of her Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing exhibition. The phrase could be self-taught wisdom, a saying/perspective passed down that lifts your spirits and helps you make sense of daily living, an event or experience…The motto was to be sewn as clearly as possible within 7 words onto cotton, wool or nylon using purple, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, gold or white thread (or multi-coloured). It could be any size but had to be circular.
HAVING GUTS ALWAYS WORKS OUT FOR ME
The small piece I made for the exhibition is displayed in the gallery above; on my wall at home and also in The Grundy Gallery, Blackpool.
The phrase ‘Having Guts Always Works Out For Me’ is my personal motto which is borrowed from Stefan Sagmeister, who is a graphic designer I really admire. You can see the incredibly creative way that he illustrated the same phrase for the Austrian Magazine .copy here.