An art exhibition featuring artists Poyen Wang and Kio Griffith, who both straddle dual cultural boundaries and changing social landscapes, will run at the the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles from Oct. 12, 2018 through Jan. 4, 2019.
"Atlas Portal" will feature video narratives, objects, and installations about identity roles within cultural circulations and informational exchanges. Curated as a portal into the private atlas of Wang and Griffith, this exhibition will explore an alternative window of personal and post-cultural politics.
Wang's practice primarily takes the form of video and installation, creating an immersive environment to evoke the viewer's emotions and imagination. The projects take inspiration from Wang's personal experiences, in which the artist broadens his research of people or places to explore their collective history and memories.
Griffith, the curator, sees "Atlas Portal" as a virtual guide and sensory reference for the ever-transforming 21st century. In a world that is metamorphosing from analogue to digital, cross-pollinating from the east to the west, and becoming fascinating with the supernatural to the hyper virtual, he hopes to log and archive life's rediscovered knowledge as digital data.
The 6pm opening reception on Oct. 12 will feature Alma Ruiz, former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and Peter Frank, an art critic, poet, and former curator at the Riverside Art Museum. Ruiz and Frank will join a panel discussion with Wang and Griffith at 7pm.
Wang, who is currently serving residency at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica with support from the Ministry of Culture, will also have his video installation "Saudade" exhibited at the 18th Street's Atrium Gallery from Nov. 11 to Dec. 29.