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Fay Ku: Arcadia

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Opening / Event Date:
15 March, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
30 April, 2016
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Karin Weber Gallery is pleased to present ‘Fay Ku: Arcadia,’ opens 16 March through 23 April, 2016. Ku’s figurative artworks suggest the fluidity of identity and challenge that the sexual, cultural, personal and political identifiers have come to define and categorize individuals in greater society.

In early 20th century Europe, the notion of ‘Arcadia’ was inspired by a region of ancient Greece, whose relatively isolated inhabitants lived a simple and pastoral life. In the modern era, this ideal was celebrated in art, music and literature as a countermeasure to the stresses associated with the rapid industrialization and urbanization.

Ku’s Arcadia is a contemporary interpretation and offers a fresh utopian vision in which individuals are free to inhabit a multitude of identities and imaginative environments.

These works are psychological studies in the ambiguous. The narrative is in flux and the figures are untethered from reality. This allows for multiple readings by the viewer, especially for those who have an appreciation for nuance,” says Ku.

Recognized for her fantastical artworks in graphite, acrylic, oil and gouache on layered drafting film, Ku works quickly, channeling a menagerie of influences inspired by travel, radio, film, literature and casual observation.

Suggests Ku: “The women in my works are otherworldly and the space they inhabit is equally mysterious. I want to challenge the notion of a singular identity, so these are exercises in letting go of our preconceptions. They are meant to challenge what society views as concrete.”

For Ku, the space her figures occupy is a supporting element that encourages exploration. Stepping into her world is an invitation to inhabit a person and environment that carries the viewer beyond the certainty of prescribed reality.

About The Artist

Fay Ku holds a BA from Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, and a MS and MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her works are held in numerous private and public collections in the USA and worldwide, most notably the Asian American Art Centre, New York, the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut. This is her second show with Karin Weber Gallery.


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