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Watchlist Artist: Fay Ku

Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Fay Ku: Asa Nisa Masa.

Ku stages mythic tableaus of transformation and tension performed by young women (and the occasional boy). The refinement and subtlety of Ku’s technique offer an arresting contrast to the raw psychological charge of the scenes she depicts.

Ku is inspired by what she calls the “residues” of human culture. “Problematic relationships and issues of socialization are central themes in my work: stories, myths and things witnessed inspire me,” Ku says. “I never have any pre-conceived notion of what the work will look like, and I never sketch beforehand. I work to discover what I am thinking, and I have to find my way to the image.”

(text source: Eight Modern)

Fay Ku Local Weather, 2011,  graphite, watercolor and ink on paper,  27.5 x 39 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Eight Modern


More about Fay Ku (b. 1974, Taipei, Taiwan)

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised as an outsider in a series of small American towns, Ku invokes both Eastern and Western traditions in her drawings, which combine remarkably smooth draftsmanship and meticulous detail with idiosyncratic, discomforting ideas.

Ku's work is inspired, as she puts it, by the negative 'residues' of human culture, such as violence and social failures. Her inspirations are many - from the morbid Chinese folk tales she heard as a child to the films she sees and the literature she reads -- but her art is inspired by the things that stick with her, whether she wants them to or not.

(text source: Eight Modern)

Education: MS Art History & MFA Studio Art, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Dual BA in Literature and Visual Arts, Bennington College, Bennington, VT.


For further information...(ArtSlant Profile) (Artist's Website) (Galleries: Eight Modern, Kips Gallery)

(Image on top: Fay Ku, Luncheon, 2012 , graphite, watercolor and ink on paper , 38 x 50 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Eight Modern)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 6/14/13 | tags: mixed-media

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