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20101221195931-tokio-2008-thangka-numerique999px
Tokio 2008 Thangka numérique, 2008 Pigment Print On Canvas 120 Cm X 160 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2008
20101228195310-raiatea-2010-thangka-num_rique
Raiatea 2010 Thangka numérique, 2010 Pigment Print On Canvas 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2010
20101228201717-lhasa-choyidbardo2009
Lhasa–Chönyid Bardo 2009 Thangka numérique, 2009 Pigment Print On Canvas 160 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2009
20101228200254-nuabon-aotearoa-2009-digital-thangka
Aotearoa 2009 Thangka numérique, 2009 Pigment Print On Canvas 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2009
20101228200552-nuabon-lhasa_2009_digital-thangka
Lhasa 2009 Thangka numérique, 2009 Pigment Print On Canvas 160 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2009
20110128195048-yuanming-yuan-2008-thangka-numerique
Yuánmíng Yuán 2008 Thangka numérique, 2008 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Diamond Dust, Bone Char On Photographic Pigment Print 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2008
20110128200827-zintun-sun-moon-lake-2009-thangka-numerique
Zintun–Sun Moon Lake 2009 Thangka numérique, 2009 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Diamond Dust, Bone Char On Photographic Pigment Print 120 Cm X 180 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2009
20110128195349-tonga-2009-thangka-numerique
Tonga 2009 Thangka numérique, 2009 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Diamond Dust, Bone Char On Photographic Pigment Print 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2009
20110128201442-yuanming-yuan-2009-thangka-numerique
Yuánmíng Yuán 2009 Thangka numérique, 2009 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Diamond Dust, Bone Char On Photographic Pigment Print 120 Cm X 180 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2009
20110128000329-oyster-fishers-harvesting-in-an-abandoned-farmhouse-in-ping-shan-2004
Ping Shan 2010 oyster fishing in abandoned Chinese farmhouses, 2010 Photography 180cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 90cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2011
20110128000837-venice-oyster-fishers3
Venice 2010 Chinese oyster fishers under the Ponti di Mao Zedong, 2010 Photography 180cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 90cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2011
20110128002416-banzai_pipeline_2010_chinese_oyster_fishers_arrive_in_hawai_i_for_an_audition
Banzai Pipeline, O'ahu 2010 Chinese oyster fishers arrive for a music audition, 2010 Photography 180cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 90cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2011
20110128023645-shanghai-2004
Shanghai 2004 laundry hanging lanterns, 2004 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Pigment Paints On Museum Board (Study) /Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2004
20110128023955-kowloon-2003
Kowloon 2003, 2003 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Pigment Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 50cm X 100cm / 100cm X 200cm
20110128024240-tsim-sha-tsui-1997
Tsim Sha Tsui 1997, 1997 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Pigment Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 1997
20110128024618-yau-ma-tei_-kam-lung-night-club-1997
Yau Ma Tei 1997 Kam Lung Night Club, 1997 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 80cm X 120cm / 120cm X 180cm © Nu'a Bön 1997
20110128164555-yau-ma-tei-2001
Yau Ma Tei 2001, 2001 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 80cm X 120cm / 120cm X 180cm © Nu'a Bön 2001
20110128193456-paris-2003
Paris 2003 une famille chinoise à Paris, 2003 Photography 60cm X 80cm Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2003
20110128193824-paris-2005-l_esprit-male
Paris 2005 l'esprit male, 2005 Photography 60cm X 80cm Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2005
20110128194220-sai-kung_-bird-cages-2001
Sai Kung 2001 Bird Cages, 2001 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2001
20110128194650-hong-kong-2004-versaille-night-club
Wan Chai 2004 The Splendor of Versailles (nightclub), 2004 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink And Diamond Dust On Photographic Pigment Print 180cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 90cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2004
20110128195816-nice-france-2004
Nice, France 2004, 2004 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2004
20110128200211-tsuen-wan-2001-night-falls
Tsuen Wan 2001 night falls, 2001 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 90cm / 120cm X 180cm © Nu'a Bön 2001
20110128200526-tokio_2010_5214
Tokio 2010 pilgrim on the metro, 2010 Photography 180cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 90cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2010
20110128201832-milan-2003-peace-march
Milano 2003 peace march, Mixed media. Mineral paint on archival giclée print on museum board and on canvas. Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Mineral Paint On Photographic Pigment Print 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2003
20110128202112-canton_2009_photographie
Canton 2009, 2009 Photography 180cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 90cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2009
20110128202735-wan-chai-_the-floating-world_-2005
Wan Chai 2005 The Floating World, 2005 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2005
20110128203028-hangzhou-2005
Hangzhou 2005 Chinese traditional medicine clinic, 2005 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 90cm / 120cm X 180cm © Nu'a Bön 2005
20110128203321-beijing_1999_the_starlight_lounge
Beijing 1999 Sanlutin, The Starlight Lounge, 1999 Photography 180cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 90cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 1999
20110128203635-venise_2008_2583b
Venise 2008 Sanctuaire romain mur catholique, 2008 Photography 180cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 90cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2008
20110128205437-chungking-2001-blue-tree
Chungking 2001 blue tree, 2001 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Mineral Paint On Photographic Pigment Print 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2001
20110128204745-beijing-2004-laundry-fetish
Beijing 2004 laundry fetish, 2004 Photography 180cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 90cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2004
20110128205001-yau-tong-the-black-bird-2003
Yau Tong 2003 The Black Bird, 2003 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 90cm / 120cm X 180cm © Nu'a Bön 2003
20110128205758-shanghai-2003_band-of-the-hand
Shanghai 2003 Band of the Hand, 2003 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink And Diamond Dust On Photographic Pigment Print 120 Cm X 180 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2003
20110128214056-yau-ma-tei-1997
Yau Ma Tei 1997, 1997 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 1997
20110128214401-lei-yun-mun-2007-tou_ti-earth-god-shrine
Lei Yun Mun 2007 earth god (Tu Di Gong) shrine, 2007 Photography 60cm X 80cm Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2007
20110128214811-singpour_2010_6765
Singapour 2010 Hindu wall shrine, 2010 Photography 120 Cm X 160 Cm, C Type, Diasec Mount, Ed. 3 © Nu'a Bön 2010
20110128215020-dashanzi-2003
Dashanzi, Beijing 2003 what nothing looks like, 2003 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Mineral Paint On Photographic Pigment Print 120 Cm X 180 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2003
20110128215353-yangjiang-2007-pink-door
Yangjiang 2007 pink door, 2007 Photography 120cm X 190cm, Ed. 3; 60cm X 95cm, Ed. 9
20110128215715-sai-kung-1997-fortune
Sai Kung 1997 fortune, 1997 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 1997
20110128220106-wan-chai_2003
Wan Chai 2003 removed postboxes of evicted tenants, 2003 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Diamond Dust, Bone Char On Photographic Pigment Print 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2003
20110128221715-beijing-2004-hutong
Beijing 2004 hutong, 2004 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Mineral Paint On Photographic Pigment Print 120 Cm X 180 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2004
20110128221525-londre_2008_4312
Londre 2008 réflexions sur un mur près de Chinatown, 2008 Photography, C Type, Diasec Mount; Pigment Print On Canson Paper 160cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 80cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2008
20110128230047-lo-wai-2003-border-towns
Lo Wai 2003 border towns, 2003 Photography, C Type, Diasec Mount; Pigment Print On Canson Paper 180cm X 120cm, Ed. 3; 90cm X 60cm, Ed. 9 © Nu'a Bön 2003
20110128230242-guangzhou-2001
Guangzhou 2001 what nothing looks like, 2001 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2001
20110128230519-dashanzi-2004
Dashanzi, Beijing 2004 what nothing looks like, 2004 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Mineral Paint On Photographic Pigment Print 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2004
20110128230651-dashanzi-2005
Dashanzi, Beijing 2005 what nothing looks like, 2005 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Mineral Paint On Photographic Pigment Print 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2005
20110128231002-xiamen_-fujian-province-2006-bianfu-bat-symbol
Xiamen, Fujian Province 2006 bianfu–bat symbol for luck, 2006 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Mineral Paint On Photographic Pigment Print 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2006
20110128231238-xiamen-2006-bianfu-bat-symbol
Xiamen 2006 bianfu-bat symbol for luck, 2006 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Mineral Paint On Photographic Pigment Print 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2006
20110128231435-hainan_2006_bianfu
Hainan 2006 bianfu–bat symbol for luck, 2006 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Mineral Paint On Photographic Pigment Print 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2006
20110129000228-choi-hung-2001
Choi Hung 2001, 2001 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 90cm / 120cm X 180cm © Nu'a Bön 2001
20110129000729-suzhou-2004
Suzhou 2004 tiger clan, 2004 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 90cm / 120cm X 180cm © Nu'a Bön 2004
20110129001247-sham-shui-po-chinese-medicine-shop-2001
Sham Shui Po 2001 Chinese medicine shop, 2001 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2001
20110129001536-tiananmen-beijing-2003
Tiananmen, Beijing 2003, 2003 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2003
20110129001855-lung-yeuk-tau-2008-morning
Lung Ling, Mountain of Dragon 2008 morning, 2008 Mixed Media, Acrylic Ink, Diamond Dust, Bone Char On Photographic Pigment Print 180 Cm X 120 Cm © Nu'a Bön 2008
20110129002121-sheung-shui-2003
Sheung Shui 2003, 2003 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2003
20110129002444-oil-street-1997-1998
Hong Kong 1998 Oil Street warehouse, 1998 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 90cm / 120cm X 180cm © Nu'a Bön 1998
20110129002936-guangzhou-2003-granny
Guangzhou 2003 granny, 2003 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 80cm / 120cm X 160cm © Nu'a Bön 2003
20110129003406-yau-ma-tei-2001-route-2
Yau Ma Tei 2001 (old) Route 2, 2001 Acrylic Ink And Mineral Paint On Museum Board (Study) / Canvas 60cm X 90cm / 120cm X 180cm © Nu'a Bön 2001
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Terra nullius, the South Pacific
Birth year
1969
Lives in
Hau'ula, Hawai'i
Works in
Hau'ula, Hawai'i
Schools
Columbia University
The New School
Tags
mixed-media, installation, photography, digital, conceptual
Statement

American painter, media artist, actor born on terra nullius in the South Pacific, 1969. Former art professor in China and later research fellow for a socially progressive NGO. Left China in 2008 after the massive earthquake in Sichuan destroyed his studio. In his paintings, autonomic mixed-media installations and video works, Nu'a Bön's art journeys through the intangible landscapes of imagination, dreams and memories. Bön has had recent monographic and group exhibitions in Beijing (Red Gate, Songzhang), Shanghai (Eastlink), Bologna (Arte Fiera), Chiang Mai (Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography), Pärnu (International Documentary Film Festival), Memefest, Milano (MiArt), London (Brunei Gallery–School of Oriental and African Studies, Hayward Gallery), Munich and Paris.

Nu'a Bön works in response to the kind of theory and practice he has encountered in a few short years of solo art practice. His images act as records of visitation, biographies, remembering, and wanderings through the city. In Bön's imagery, modern, rationalist architecture has been set adrift in the urban landscape of modern China, his home for over a decade largely spent teaching. The images feature physical structures, rhythms composed of complicated architectural projections, excessive pixel data and overlaid paint disfiguring the original image. The images help to translate the pathways through the city into the pathways of the brain, into streams of information, and into cultural flows. These translations give the power to hypothetically divide towns, produce children, educate students, and sanction an artist's creation. It is a cultural flow that has evolved from nature. Bön's imagery is an architecture of nature mimicking its own deconstruction. What is important is that this process repeats as the site or the location, and is therefore the primary force in Bön's output. His work is not a parody of the city nor in the series "The Politics of the Divine–Thangka numérique" a parody of the thangka, a Tibetan painting form that emulates the heavens. It is instead an optimistic use of architecture, photography, and walking, and living life as technically precise instruments for mapping the city.