For Immediate Release
Mirrors & Malfunctions:
New Work from Shyama Golden and Mimi O Chun
November 8, 2018, New York City
Artists Shyama Golden and Mimi O Chun are pleased to present an exhibition of recent works. “Mirrors & Malfunctions” speaks to the mutation of world views that arise as political systems and social norms become increasingly polarized and insular. The show will run for one weekend only from November 30–December 2, 2018 at 198 Allen Street, New York, NY with a reception open to the public on Friday, November 30th from 6pm to 11pm.
Shyama Golden paints in oil and acrylic using figuration to explore how identity is experienced, performed, and reinforced. Her exhibited work will focus on intersectional identities, particularly those of hyphenated-Americans. Shyama’s subjects are a combination of real and imagined people—primarily women—with masks and animals often functioning as metaphors for human social dynamics. Her process begins with detailed iPad studies, which she then projects and paints onto a ground. When rendered in paint, the mechanical perfection of her digital studies gives way to the hand of the artist. The resulting work captures the symmetry and repetition inherent to nature, but also, its imperfections.
Working in fiber-based media, Mimi O Chun will exhibit soft sculptures and works on paper spanning four discrete bodies of work. At its core, her work tackles the tensions between the pursuit of individual identity vs. the shared values of cultural economies. Creatures of Commerce presents a nihilistic vision of the future though fictional chimeras that mash up creatures with commercial goods that best embody a capitalist ethos. Manu Propria offers an uncanny—and often imperfect—view of feminine expression through oversized hands adorned with nail art and jewelry. Hair Supply gives the historical figures featured on banknotes transformational, au courant makeovers. Lastly, the vignettes of Stuffed Hipster Emblems capture our collective fanaticism for the artisanal, the small batch, and the hand-crafted.